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Focus Areas

Early Childhood

Improving education and health outcomes for children and their families

We conduct rigorous, policy-relevant studies of early care and education programs, both nationally and internationally. Our impact on learning begins at birth. For example, through our work in newborn screening, we support client goals to ensure that children are treated for genetic conditions that could otherwise cause developmental delays, or even life-threatening consequences.

We also study the cognitive abilities of young children both inside and outside of formal education settings, and across the transition from preschool to kindergarten. Our measurement tools help education leaders and policymakers evaluate programs, acquire and employ data for decision-making, and improve education for the youngest learners and most vulnerable populations.

Learn more about RTI's Center for Thriving Children.