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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


This event has reached  full capacity  for attendance. However, if you are still interested in attending please click the link below to be added to the  wait list !


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 (to be added to the wait list)  

Featured Resources

Featured Resource: A

Read what others are writing about research co authored by Douglas Clements For many years, advocates of early education have focused on reaching children and their families. Getting more four-year-olds into pre-K, for example, has been an important and increasingly successful rallying cry. But as pre-K expansion accelerates and the science of children advances, we are at a new fork in the road. Brain science is continuously showing just how much children’s growth and development is affected by their interactions with people around them. It is time to get real about what young children, especially the most vulnerable, truly need from the teachers and other caregivers with them every day. Read more here! 


Featured Resource: B

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.



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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.