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Research at the CECE

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The research mission of the Center for Early Childhood Education is to conduct original, methodological studies of young children that are highly innovative in the questions they ask, the methods they use, and their underlying theoretical frameworks. Our research produces findings that have clear and significant implications for professional practice and the support of young children and their families.

Study findings are shared through publications in scholarly journals, but also shared through teacher- and policymaker-friendly research briefs and teacher tips. Research findings are also shared in conference presentations and in videos produced by the CECE.

Explore the links below to learn more about our study findings or to get involved in CECE research.

Julia DeLapp at podium announcing results of 2015 TIMPANI study

Research News

Keep up to date with the latest research news from the Center, including presentations, conferences, and interviews.

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Research Videos

Watch easily digestible videos that summarize CECE research findings and provide implications for practice.

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Research Briefs and Publications

Read briefs and white papers that detail findings from Center research and provide practical implications for the classroom. Read research briefs
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Opportunities for Faculty and Student Research

Find out how to get involved in CECE research and about the support the CECE can provide to independent researchers. Learn more
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CECE Research Team

Meet the faculty, staff, and students who conduct research at the CECE.

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Researcher giving literacy assessment to preschooler

Previous Studies

Read summaries of study findings from research conducted since 2006.

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Current and Ongoing Studies

Preschooler riding a tricycle

The Effect of Physical Activity During Outdoor Play on At-Task Behavior

Allison Lundy (student), Principal Investigator; Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, Faculty Mentor Learn more
Three preschoolers sit at a table and play with a plastic stacking toy

Toys that Inspire Mindful Play and Nurture the Imagination: TIMPANI Toy Study 2019

Julia DeLapp, Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, Co-Investigators Read about study
A smiling teacher holds up a frog puppet toward preschoolers

How Preschool Teachers Introduce New Play Materials

Julia DeLapp, Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, Co-Investigators Learn more
Coding and Debugging Study

Study of Coding and Debugging by Preschoolers

Sudha Swaminathan, Jenna Mazza Learn more
DLL Social Participation study

Factors that Influence the Social Participation of Dual Language Learners

Jeffrey Trawick-Smith and Julia DeLapp, Co-Investigators Learn more