Research and Resources

A growing body of research shows the need for high-quality early childhood education and how it benefits society. These national, state, and local resources provide you with the research and data you need to help guide business investments and policy recommendations.

Alaska's Early Care and Learning Data Dashboard presents current statewide and regional early care and education data. This data is compiled by The McDowell Group. 

2015 Economic Impact of Early Care & Learning in Alaska Report- working with The McDowell Group and prepared for the Alaska Early Childhood Coordinating Council (AECCC), this report measures the economic impacts of early care and education services on Alaska's economy.


The Economics of Early Care and Learning in Alaska is a summary of the full 2015 Economic Impact of Early Care & Learning in Alaska Report.


Leading the Way: A Guide for Business Engagement in Early Education is a toolkit to enable the business community to advance access to high-quality, affordable child care to support employees and the broader community.

Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow: A Business Case for High-Quality Child Care is a 2017 report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Center for Education and Workforce about strategies to develop a strong workforce and address the workforce crisis.


Alaska Brief: Social-Skills in Early Childhood Support Workforce Success: Why Business Executives Want Employees Who Play Well With Others is an Alaska-focused report brief from the full 2017 ReadyNation report of the same name.


Business Case for Early Childhood Investments: Strengthening Business through Effective Investments in Children and Youth is a 2017 report from ReadyNation about repairing the failing workforce pipeline by starting early.


Unfinished Business: Continued Investment in Child Care and Early Education is Critical to Business and America’s Future is a 2012 report from the Committee for Economic Development.


Why Business Should Support Early Childhood Education is a 2010 report from the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, a nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The report highlights the launch of the Early Childhood Education Initiative.


Child Care & Parent Productivity: Making the Business Case is a 2004 report from Cornell University with research that highlights the effect of child care breakdowns on the bottom line for business.


Tomorrow’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Workforce Starts with Early Education is a ReadyNation report about the importance of early learning to future STEM success.


High-Quality Early Learning: Building the Workforce Pipeline for the Energy Industry is a ReadyNation brief about the importance of starting early to prepare the workforce pipeline.


Child Care Aware of America’s The US and the High Cost of Child Care 2018 Report provides average costs of child care for infants, 4-year-olds, and school-age children in centers and family child care homes in every state.

State of Alaska Early Learning Guidelines is a resource for parents and early educators that outlines what young children should be able to know and do. (December, 2007)

The HighScope Perry Preschool Study, which was initiated in the early 1960s, is now widely regarded as a landmark study establishing the human and financial value of high-quality preschool education. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the HighScope model, in which teachers help children plan, carry out, and review their own educational activities. 

Child Care & Early Education Research Connections promotes high-quality research and informs policy through free access to thousands of publications and datasets.

The Importance and Cost of Quality Care by Jonathan King



Child Care Aware of America provides research on the child care landscape to help advocate for child care policies that improve the lives of children and families.

ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers

Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute and School Readiness, a multidisciplinary institute at UNC-Chapel Hill, recognizes that every child deserves a safe, healthy, and stimulating childhood. FPG scientists study important issues facing young children and their families and use this information to enhance policy and improve practice.

Best Beginnings is a public-private partnership that mobilizes people and resources to ensure all Alaska children begin school ready to succeed.