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Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy

Marsico Institute

Connecting children, families and teachers with the best in early childhood research.

The Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy (MIELL), which is part of the Morgridge College of Education, is a research and social policy institute dedicated to improving learning environments and outcomes for children, birth to age 8.

At the Marsico Institute, we identify the best in early learning research, practice, and policy, and we deliver that information "just in time" to academics, practitioners, policymakers, and parents: the people who can create and implement changes to improve the lives of young children. We focus on early childhood because more than 93% of brain development occurs before the age of five. The quality of relationships and learning opportunities that young children experience can set the stage for what they will be able to accomplish throughout the rest of their lifetimes.

Featured Event: The Raising of America 

The Raising of America

The U.S. is a can-do nation. So why is child well-being in the U.S. so much worse than in other rich countries? How does what Paul Kershaw calls “the growing squeeze” on so many young families and caregivers — the squeeze for time, for money and for resources — “drip down” on their infants and young children, literally altering the wiring of their developing brains with potential long-term consequences for learning, earning, and mental and physical health? 

Following the 60-minute episode, a panel of early childhood education leaders will talk about how communities can work to provide a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous and equitable future to give all children the opportunity for a strong start.

Panelists include:

  • Stacy Howard, Qualistar Colorado
  • Bill Jaeger, Colorado Children’s Campaign
  • Lynn Johnson,  Jefferson County Department of Human Services
  • Brenda McChesney,  Strengthening Families Network
  • Lydia Prado, Mental Health Center of Denver

April 28, 2015 
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Register here (space is limited)

Featured Resources

Featured Resource: A

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and The National Research Council (NRC) is pleased to announce the release of the report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth to Age Eight: A Unifying Foundation, authored by the Committee on the Science of Children Birth to Age Eight: Deepening and Broadening the Foundation for Success. Douglas Clements is one of the co-authors of this prestigious document. You can read the report here.



Featured Resource: B

The Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy (MIELL) is assisting the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) in conducting a state-mandated study. Read more here.  




C Block

After decades of research, it is clear that access to high-quality child care promotes children's healthy development, supports working families and benefits society through positive economic impacts. Unfortunately, the high cost of child care throughout the United States and in Colorado forces many parents to settle for low-quality care or inhibits them from accessing licensed care altogether. The Women's Foundation of Colorado, Qualistar Colorado and the Colorado Children's Campaign have produced this report after a year of investigation into issues of child care affordability with the goal of outlining actionable next steps in improving affordability for Colorado here to read more.