All of us the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy are committed to improving children’s learning and development at home, in school and in the community. This commitment is seen through the work of our renowned researchers and dedicated staff whose diverse skills improve the lives of children from birth to age five and their families, particularly those at risk.
As part of the College of Education and Human Ecology at the Ohio State University, our partnership with The Schoenbaum Family Center is recognized for its potential to inspire young children through play as a means of discovering the joy of language and art. Our programs value each child’s innate curiosity to understand their world and their place in it. Our research informs and shapes curriculum in our classrooms.
This mosaic of contributions includes speech-language pathology, psychology, reading, special education, education statistics and elementary education expertise.
Located in the Weinland Park neighborhood, our vision is to be a driving force in the intersection of research, policy and practice, as they relate to children’s well-being.
We focus on:
- Bringing together a multidisciplinary community of researchers at Ohio State who share a collective interest in children’s well-being
- Strategic partnerships with community and global organizations that are concerned with children’s educational potential
- Impacting public policies that affect the success of children
- Communicating research findings to practitioners and community
- Maintaining a data-management system sufficient for large-scale multi-site research
- Conducting research that addresses pressing issues relevant to Columbus and Ohio, and the families of the Weinland Park neighborhood
- Increasing knowledge and mentorship opportunities for scholars, students and staff
- Serving as a resource for quality professional development for early care and education programs
The Crane Family Legacy
Named in honor of the Crane family, the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy supports our faculty in their vital role of fostering partnerships to overcome the gap between research discoveries and early childhood practice and policy. The generosity of the Crane family continues to enable Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology to address the most pressing problems of early childhood education in the Columbus community and beyond.