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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 Resources

Featured Resource: A

 Read about the latest research (conducted with Drs. Douglas Clements and Julie Sarama on their Building Blocks curriculum) to understand what makes quality education successful and scalable.




Featured Resource: B

 Building Blocks curriculum cited as effective curriculum in New York Times. Douglas Clements, PhD, and Julie Sarama, PhD developed and evaluated an innovative curriculum for early children education, preschool to grade 2 with funding from the National Science Foundation. The Building Blocks project read more





C Block Play, Mathematics, and False Dichotomies. Read Dr. Clements' and Dr. Sarama's latest resource on play-based learning in a blog forum presented by the National Institute for Early Education Research.