In order to meet each point of CEED's mission statement, we actively engage in a number of grant-funded research and training projects. Each of these projects has its own unique goals and benefits for young children. All of these programs, worthwhile on their own, benefit from being part of the larger entity that is CEED. Because we all work together, there is cross-pollination between projects, which sustains our commitment to innovation.
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Project Directory (A-Z)
Assessment Training Center (ATC)
ATC is designed to disseminate CEED’s expertise on observation, professional development and relationship-based professional development on quality measures used statewide using multiple methodologies.
Bridging Education and Mental Health
BEAM is grounded in the fundamentals of quality instruction, positive behavior support, and therapeutic or relationship-based teaching. This synthesis of recommended practices emphasizes the quality of relationships with children as the foundation of good teaching.
Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood
The mission of CRtIEC is to reduce the number of children with reading problems by increasing the number of children entering school with knowledge and skill in early literacy and language.
Centers of Excellence Professional Development System
CEED, the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) and the Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC) at Concordia University, are collaborating to assist the Minnesota Department of Education to build a comprehensive, accessible, evidence-based professional development (PD) system for Minnesota.
Child Development in
CEED is partnering with the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) to produce online training modules, publications and public events that explore the application of relevant child development theory and research to professional development and services within the child welfare system.
Infrastructure for Promise Neighborhoods
This project is working to create the infrastructure to begin research on comprehensive preventive interventions in the nation’s highest poverty neighborhoods.
Early Bridges Evaluation - Children's Theater Company
The Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is a nationally recognized theatre company focusing on programs for young children. CTC has asked CEED to be a partner in developing and improving their diverse programmatic offerings for children ages 2-5.
Early Care and Education Choices
This project builds on the Minnesota Child Care Choices Project, which investigates parental decision-making in low-income families using administrative data provided by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and survey data collected from parents.
Early Childhood Assessment Project
The Early Childhood Assessment Project (ECAP) is a three-year effort to develop effective training materials focused on authentic assessment practices for the early care and education community.
Special Education Professional Development Through Higher
The Minnesota Higher Education Consortium has expanded its role to include two evaluation activities focused on exploring the implementation of evidence-informed practices. These activities will assist the Department of Education and related agencies in prioritizing resource allocation in the area of professional development.
The Effects of an
Online Data-based Language Intervention Decision-making
System for Professionals Serving At-risk Infant and Toddlers
This project evaluates empirically the efficacy of a software-based assessment, intervention design, and monitoring system for home visiting interventions designed to promote language development among young children living in poverty and with special needs.
Family Academy: Infants
Family Academy is a parent education and empowerment program for families with children aged 0-3. Its purpose is to start early by empowering parents to get their kids ready for kindergarten and on the pathway to college and life-long success.
Family, Friend, and Neighbor
Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) care is the most common form of care and is used by families across socioeconomic and cultural groups.
The Fresh Start Garden program is a community-led garden and cooking program for preschool-aged children, their adult caregivers, and older youth from North Minneapolis.
Human Capital Research Collaborative (HCRC)
(Formerly Early Childhood Research Collaborative, ECRC)
A collaboration between CEED and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, HCRC fosters multidisciplinary research on early childhood development from birth to age 8 and explores connections between early education and economic development, public health, and K-12 education.
Infant/Toddler Caregiver Companion Guide to
Minnesota Core Competencies
The Minnesota Department of Human Services contracted with CEED to develop a companion guide to the Minnesota Core Competencies that defines knowledge and skills for adults who care for infants and toddlers.
Toddler Essential Elements
The purpose of this project is to create a document that describes the essential elements for effective infant and toddler early care and education programs and to promote these key elements across the State of Minnesota and beyond.
Infant and Toddler Training Project
This project builds resources and connections for caregivers and consultants to expand their knowledge and support related to infant-toddler development, reflective consultation in child care, and early childhood mental health.
Minnesota Early Learning Foundation Evaluation
CEED provides ongoing evaluation coordination among MELF Research Consortium partners Child Trends, SRI International, and Wilder Research.
CEED provides leadership in developing educational achievement and community indicators and outcomes to measure progress and success within the NAZ initiative.
The purpose of the Parent Aware is to create a quality rating system for child care centers and family child care providers in Minnesota.
The purpose of the Parent Aware Evaluation project completed by Child Trends, Inc. was to create a quality rating system for child care centers and homes in Minnesota.
The goal of Project for Babies is to improve the health and developmental outcomes for very young children with special attention to the impact of early experience on the "life course."
The Minnesota Department of Education funded a pilot study to explore the effects of reflective supervision in supporting early interventionists, decreasing burnout, and increasing the skills necessary to work with diverse families.
Sharing the Wisdom
Sharing the Wisdom aims to further evaluate Family, Friend, and Neighbor providers' experiences and focuses on the largest group of FFN providers: Grandmothers.
Individual Growth and Development Indicators Project
This project will develop, evaluate, and test the implementation of a newly developed suite of Individual Growth and Development Indicators (S-IGDIs) developed specifically to assess the language and early literacy development of Spanish-speaking preschool children.
Wonder Years: Understanding Early Childhood Development
CEED, The Science Museum of Minnesota, and Public Agenda partner on this collaboration to engage museum visitors, policymakers, and caregivers in deliberations around the latest, and often misunderstood, early childhood development research.