Beyond evaluation of its flagship pilot projects, the Parent Aware Ratings and the St. Paul Early Childhood Scholarships, MELF also invested in a variety of other research to dig deeper and answer questions about other important aspects of early educaiton reform.

Other MELF Research

Minn-LInK/CEED Data Partnership Feasibility Study, Center for Early Education and Development, University of Minnesota, November 2011.  The purpose of the study is to track the progress of children in MELF funded programs as they age to see if their participation in quality early care and education programming affects their success in school during the elementary, and potentially, the middle and high school years.   Report

Parental Preferences and Reasons for Choosing Licensed Early Care and Education, Center for Early Education and Development, University of Minnesota, October 2011  Report

Kindergarten Follow-Up, Center for Early Education and Development, University of Minnesota, May 2011  Report

Timing of Early Childhood Education: Is there an optimal time to intervene in a young child's life to improve readiness for school?  Center for Early Education and Development, University of Minnesota, June 2010  Report

Final Evaluation Report: Lessons Learned from the MELF Community Grants, Center for Early Education and Development, University of Minnesota, December 2009  Report

Pre-Kindergarten Allowances Project: Final Evaluation Report, SRI International, September 30, 2009  Fact Sheet  Report

Early learning conditions among low-income families in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Blue Earth and Nicollet counties: Baseline study prepared for the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation, Wilder Research, February 2008  Urban  Rural