Wendy Wagner Robeson Projects

  • CLASS Training and Supports

    Ongoing since 2023

    The goal of this project is to help early education and care providers in Massachusetts understand and learn how to use the CLASS tool to improve both teacher quality and prekindergarten children’s development.

  • Developing and Validating Practical Teacher Assessments for Use in Center-based Pre-kindergarten Programs

    Ongoing since 2011

    The goal of this project is to produce a reliable and valid measure of teachers’ educational beliefs and knowledge of child development and ECE pedagogy that can be used to validate the effectiveness of professional development programs and interventions, as well as, to provide valuable feedback in applied settings regarding ECE teachers’ professional development needs and classroom appropriateness.

  • Early Education and Out-of-School Time Evaluation

    Ongoing since 2017

    The Work, Families & Children research group (WFC) at the Wellesley Centers for Women serves as a research partner to James Bell Associates in an evaluation of the Children’s Investment Fund’s Early Education and Out-of-School Time (EEOST) Capital Grant Program in Massachusetts.

  • Empowering Families

    Ongoing since 2014

    This project is designed to support children's social-emotional and cognitive development.

  • Family Child Care New Entrant Study

    2023 - 2024

    The researchers are studying new and former family child care providers in order to understand how states can strengthen and improve recruitment and retention of them.

  • Massachusetts Early Care and Education Studies

    Ongoing since 1999

    This group of inter-related research projects seeks to understand the state of early care and education in Massachusetts and make recommendations for quality outcomes.

  • Parental Work Schedules, CCDF Policies & Child Care Arrangements in Low-Income Families

    2020 - 2022

    This study, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will examine how nonstandard and/or unpredictable work schedules make it difficult for low-income parents to access quality child care.

  • Work, Families and Children

    Ongoing since 1986

    Assessing Child Care Issues in Working Families This long-term program brings together research on employment, work and family issues, and child care as a support for working families.

  • Boston Public Schools Early Childhood Studies

    2006 - 2014

    Assessing Preschool and Kindergarten Programs The Work, Families & Children team has conducted a series of studies for the Boston Public Schools (BPS), including the BPS K1 and K2 Programs Needs Assessment, and a 2007-08 follow-up study.

  • Boston Quality Inventory

    2007 - 2013

    This project provided a comprehensive picture of the quality of Boston's Early Care and Education programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, in both centers and family child care homes.

  • Empathy Project

    1998 - 2008

    One of the major developmental tasks of preschoolers is to develop empathy; this project researches and designs curriculum in order better understand and cultivate empathy at a young and critical age.

  • Facilities for Early Childhood and Out-of-School Time Programs: Standards and Research

    2009 - 2011

    An evaluation of physical spaces in Massachusetts child care settings.

  • Family Income, Infant Child Care, and Child Development Study

    2001 - 2005

    This study followed a random sample of hundreds of children and 100 child care centers in order to examine links between family income, the quality and cost of child-care, and infant language and social development.

  • Maine Cost and Quality Study

    2001 - 2002

    This study sought to examine full-day, year round child care for preschool-age children in Maine to better illuminate links between the quality and the costs of early child care in Maine.

  • Massachusetts Capacity Study

    2004 - 2005

    The Capacity Study describes the current early education and care (EEC) workforce in Massachusetts and evaluates the capacity of the State’s higher education system to meet the increased demand for a qualified workforce in early education and care.

  • Massachusetts Cost and Quality Study

    2000 - 2004

    The goal of the Massachusetts Cost and Quality Study was to examine full-day, year-round, community-based center care for preschool-age children (2.9 years to 5 years) and for infants and toddlers, pre-k classrooms in the public schools and family child care programs.

  • Massachusetts Early Care and Education and School Readiness Study

    2004 - 2009

    Researchers focused on aspects of school readiness, including social and language development, along with other data such as hours in care, so as to better understand the ways in which a child's growth is influenced by situational factors.

  • Men’s Changing Family Roles

    2011 - 2012

    This is a study of the relation between fathers’ high levels of involvement in childrearing and various family outcomes: quality of the marriage, the mother's report of social support, the quality of the mother-child relationship and of the father-child relationship, and the quality of family interactions when the children are in elementary school.

  • NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development

    1991 - 2010

    This study, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, seeks to determine the relationship between children's early experiences and their developmental outcomes.

  • Ready Educators Quality Improvement Pilot

    2013 - 2016

    This pilot project aimed to improve quality in early childhood education and care.

  • State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care Needs Assessment

    2011 - 2012

    The purpose of this project is to inform the Massachusetts board of Early Education and Care (EEC) of the resources that will best serve families and communities in supporting the holistic development of children, youth, and families.

  • The Massachusetts Child Care Subsidy Study

    2007 - 2012

    The primary purpose of the study was to provide a picture of child care usage among Massachusetts low-income families.

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