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Research Lab Activities

Unlocking the complexity and immense interconnectedness of the early childhood system of services is a major goal of the ECRDI.

To this end, we seek to understand many early childhood systems and how these various systems function together. 

Please have a look at some of our initiatives below.



Research, practical guidance, and resources to support transitions and continuity across the early childhood continuum from birth through early elementary.

Kentucky Public Preschool Workforce Study

Exploring wage and benefits of public preschool teachers in the state of Kentucky.

Teacher and Pupil
Image by Amélie Mourichon

Using Human Centered Design in Early Childhood

In collaboration with the UK dLab, leveraging design thinking to better understand and address tricky challenges facing early childhood programs and services.

Mapping Environmental Impacts on Infants/Toddlers with Disabilities

Exploring the environmental impacts on infants and toddlers with disabilities, using GIS.

Geography Lesson
Family Using a Tablet

Family and Provider Perceptions of Tele-Intervention Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Exploring the perceptions of families and service providers who serve infants and toddlers with disabilities, regarding the move from in-person to tele-intervention services (e.g., physical or developmental therapy sessions) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Examining Language and Movement on the Playground

Using geotagging and language systems to explore movement and adult and peer talk on the playground. 

Children Playing on Bouncy Castle
Team work

Environmental Mapping and Social Network Analysis of Supports for Families of Young Children with Disabilities

Using Social Network Analysis to explore relationships and supports used by the primary caregiver of young children with disabilities transitioning from early intervention to preschool and from preschool to Kindergarten. 

Resources and Publications Coming Soon
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