Resources from the Field

The views reflected in these publications are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Grantmakers for Education.

June 2020 | Improving Early Childhood Education Systems
Education Commission of the States

This Policy Brief explores 23 states’ plans for strengthening their early education systems, as they have detailed in their renewal applications for the federal Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five (PDG B-5) program.

June 2020 | Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse
Administration for Children & Families, Office of Planning, Research, & Evaluation

People who run programs for low-income job seekers and those seeking to promote policies that can improve employment outcomes for low-income individuals need evidence about what works.

June 2020 | Supporting Students to be Independent Learners: State and District Actions for the Pandemic Era
Aspen Institute

In May 2020, the Aspen Institute Education & Society Program shared ten recommended state actions for Fostering Connectedness in the Pandemic Era that were developed with a diverse group of education leaders.

May 2020 | What You Make Depends on Where You Live: College Earnings Across States and Metropolitan Areas
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Deciding whether to invest time and money in higher education is among the most important decisions that a young adult can make. The evidence is clear that workers who went to college earn higher incomes, on average, than those without a post-secondary degree.

May 2020 | Education, Race, and Jobs in the COVID-19 Crisis
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated the US economy—and staggering unemployment numbers still do not fully reflect the extent of the crisis.

May 2020 | Exploring New Research on Pre-K Outcomes
Education Commission of the States

This Policy Brief analyzes 15 research studies on the effectiveness of pre-K outcomes in programs across the country and finds evidence of sustaining effects beyond kindergarten. 

May 2020 | Fostering Connectedness in the Pandemic Era: Policy Recommendations to Support Social, Emotional, and Academic Development
The Aspen Institute

These recommendations were developed by the Aspen Institute Education & Society Program, informed by a diverse group of education leaders that included students, families, advocates, district leaders, state chiefs, researchers, think tanks, funders, and policymakers convened on April 29, 2020.

May 2020 | Parents 2020: COVID-19 Closures - A Redefining Moment for Students, Parents, and Schools
Learning Heroes

In April 2020, Learning Heroes fielded PARENTS 2020, a nationally representative survey of parents and guardians (sample size of 3600+), designed to better understand how families are supporting their children’s academic development during school closures due to COVID-19.

May 2020 | Policy Influence: What Foundations are Doing and Why
The Center for Effective Philanthropy

Based on survey responses from 214 foundation leaders and in-depth interviews with CEOs and staff at 43 foundations, as well as survey responses from 419 nonprofit leaders on CEP’s Grantee Voice panel, Policy Influence: What Foundations Are Doing and Why shares what we learned.

May 2020 | Racial Equity and Philanthropy: Disparities in Funding for Leaders of Color Leave Impact on the Table
The Bridgespan Group

This research, from Echoing Green and Bridgespan, lays bare the racial disparity in today’s funding environment and argues that population-level impact cannot happen without funding more leaders of color.