The Making a Difference! Research Profiles are a series of research reviews designed to synthesize existing, relevant studies on topics of particular interest to the child care and early education field. Each Profile consists of a comprehensive set of research-based, presentation-ready training materials intended to reach audiences in the form of two-day professional seminars. The materials provide trainers with extensive resources in three-ring binder format to share with their participants, including talking points, PowerPoint presentations, fact sheets, handouts, and reference lists.
Making a Difference! Research Profile #1: Quality Early Care and Education Means Quality Outcomes for Children (Fall of 2003).
The authors examine the effects of documented quality indicators on the care and education of young children and the impact of high-quality interventions on child outcomes.
Making a Difference! Research Profile #2: Best Practices in Screening, Assessment and Curriculum Mean Quality Outcomes for Children (Spring 2004).
The authors examine the definitions, uses, and best practices regarding these important elements of early care and education programs.
Making a Difference! Research Profile #3: Linking Language, Literacy and Play Means Quality Outcomes for Children (Spring 2005).
The authors examine relevant research on the fundamental inter-relationship among language, literacy and play in the lives of young children.