Early Childhood Education

An Inquiry into Pennsylvania's Early Childhood Quality Rating and Improvement System (STARS)

Policy Brief

High-quality care in the earliest years of life has been shown to relate to positive developmental outcomes for children, including improved early academic skills, social-emotional competencies, and cognitive functioning. Unfortunately, the early care experiences of many children are not always high quality; rather, research suggests that high-quality care is the exception.



Gregory J. Collins

Research Specialist, CPRE
University of Pennsylvania

Gregory J. Collins is a teacher and researcher with expertise in school organizations, education finance, and the application of quantitative methods. He has specific research interests in school district consolidation, the efficient use of resources in education, and Pennsylvania education policy. In his present role as a CPRE research specialist, Collins is investigating the resources required to deliver quality childcare and early childhood education in Pennsylvania.

Stakeholders Discuss ECDataWorks journey at SXSW EDU

Project Updates

CPRE's ECDataWorks project (University of Pennsylvania) was listed among the best initiatives at this year's SXSW EDU dedicated to the investment of early childhood learning.

Katarina Suwak

Research Coordinator, CPRE
University of Pennsylvania

Katarina Suwak has been the Senior Research Coordinator at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education since June 2018. Suwak has a background in the mental health field and has previously worked as a Child and Family Therapist in both non-profit and private practices in the Philadelphia area. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Point Park University and an M.A. in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College.

ECDataWorks announces Cohort 3 States: Connecticult, Mighigan, Nebraska, and North Carolina

Project Updates

The ECDataWorks team is excited to announce partnerships with four new states, which will make up Cohort 3 of the project. Connecticut, Michigan, Nebraska, and North Carolina will join Minnesota and Utah (Cohort 1), and Georgia and Texas (Cohort 2).

Robert A. Nathenson, PhD MSE MSc

Research Specialist, CPRE
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Robert Nathenson is a research specialist at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (GSE). He is an applied quantitative researcher with expertise leading projects using advanced econometric techniques in postsecondary education, K-12 education, and health. His research focuses on questions of access, opportunity, and mobility for low-income, minority, mental health, and immigrant populations, including the geography of opportunity, student learning trajectories, and access to healthcare services.


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