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Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy

What We Do


MIELL is a partner in the efforts taking place around Colorado and the country to align and improve early childhood systems. In addition to conducting and disseminating research, we are also committed to helping parents, service providers, community members, and policy members bridge the gap between the science of child development and public investment in this critical area.

If you would like to discuss your technical assistance needs with us, please contact our Assistant Director of Research 

Issue Briefs

Math in the Early Years

Does Retention (Repeating a Grade) Help Struggling Learners? Conclusion: No

The Case Against Testing Young Children to Evaluate Teacher Effectiveness

Fighting Fade-Out

Educating the Educators

Early Childhood Teacher Preparation: Connects and Disconnects


North Dakota Early Care and Education Policy Report


North Dakota’s legislature recently passed Senate Bill 2229 which requires the state to study the development, delivery, and administration of comprehensive early childhood care and early childhood education. The study must include an examination of the availability, quality, and cost of service offered by existing public and private sector providers, the projected need for services during the coming ten to twenty years, and the ability of public and private sector providers to address the expansion of facilities or the creation of additional facilities. Numerous state departments and local agencies statewide have voiced their support of early care and education programs, projects, and initiatives. A committee representing child care, Head Start, higher education, public and private education, special education, advocacy groups, and North Dakota state departments has been developed to carry out this work. The Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy (MIELL) will support the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) in conducting this state-mandated study on the development, delivery and administration of Comprehensive Early Childhood Care and Early Childhood Education in North Dakota. MIELL will work closely with a State Advisory Committee (AC) to provide insight on early childhood needs; obtain data required in conjunction with this study; review, analyze and synthesize data, and prepare a report for the legislature’s review.

North Dakota has experienced significant population growth after decades of loss due primarily to the development of energy in western North Dakota. Families are taking advantage of the opportunities with both parents working outside of the home; in fact, 73% of children ages 0 to 5 live in households with both parents working. However access to high-quality ECE options is a challenge statewide. If this current level of access continues, approximately 20,576 children ages 0 to 5 may enter kindergarten over the next five years without any formal early learning experience. Marsico is providing technical assistance to North Dakota state agencies to develop an early care and education framework to ensure all children have access to high-quality early care and education.

Click here to view the full study report.


North Dakota Early Care and Education Framework

Read the North Dakota Early Care and Education Framework


North Dakota Works for Children and Families

Read the North Dakota Works for Children and Families report