Research Initiatives


Kentucky Public Preschool Workforce Study

The Kentucky Public Preschool Workforce study was designed to complement the Kentucky Child Care Workforce study (Sherif, Rous, & Rojas, 2019) and allow for comparison across two early childhood sectors: child care and public preschool. To the extent possible, the survey instruments to collect data across both studies were aligned to allow for cross sector comparison.

Dr. Beth Rous, Victoria Sherif, and Katy Chapman

Teacher and Pupil


Mapping Environmental Impacts on Infants/Toddlers with Disabilities

This study is using geospatial analysis to explore factors that impact health and disability of infants and toddlers. The sample includes infants and toddlers with disabilities served through the Kentucky First Steps program over a five year period beginning SFY 2012.  Exploratory factors include child care quality and environmental factors using digital geological and topographic maps available through the Kentucky Geological Survey.

Researchers: Beth Rous, Jaime Grove, Katy Chapman, and Sajjid Budhwani

KY Geological Survey Research Partners: William Haneberg, Emily Morris, and Amy Wolfe

Map of Countries


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

This study is 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. Specifically, we will examine factors that impact the level and intensity of family supports such as SES, geographic setting, and level of disability of the child making the transition. This study will build on emerging evidence of the factors that impact caregivers' social networks and support.

Researchers: Beth Rous, Jaime Grove, Katy Chapman, and Katherine McCormick

Team work


Examining Language and Movement on the Playground

Using an explanatory correlation design, this study will explore how children from underserved backgrounds and those at-risk or with disabilities differ in (a) the frequency and amount of time spent on playground equipment (b) in levels of physical activity on the playground, and (c) the amount of talk and time spent around/on specific pieces of playground equipment.  In this study, movement data are collected using Ubisense (GPS) tracking and accelerometers and language data via LENA.

Researchers: Beth Rous, Dwight Irvin, Joanne Rojas, Justin Lane, Haley Bergstrom and Ying Luo.

Children Playing on Bouncy Castle


ECRDI staff have a long history of research in the area of transition. Current efforts extend research conducted through the National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC). This includes an examination of factors that promote successful transitions between infant/toddler programs, preschool programs, and public school programs for young children with disabilities and their families.

Researchers: Beth Rous, Caroline Gooden, and Katherine McCormick


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