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Supporting effective lifelong learning.

The U.S. faces an ongoing challenge: ensuring equitable access to high-quality educational opportunities. NORC’s Education & Child Development department is committed to improving educational outcomes from birth through adulthood by engaging with stakeholders to identify and address issues of concern.

Our unwavering commitment to equity drives our collective work and is at the center of everything we do. Our impactful work helps address programmatic and policy issues related to childcare, civics education, STEM learning, rural education, campus climates, and education equity, among many other pressing topics.

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Education & Child Development Experts

Discover Our Research

NORC is constantly learning more about ways to improve the learning process.

Study Finds Teens’ “Math Mindsets” Influence Their Math Performance

NORC Article

The findings suggest that programs designed to improve female, Black, and Latino participation in science, technology, engineering, and math need to be customized to meet students’ unique needs.

Access Plays a Key Role in Pre-K Enrollment

NORC Article

NORC’s evaluation of Chicago Public Schools’ efforts to make access to school-based pre-K more equitable illustrates the importance of access.

2024 National Survey of Early Care and Education

Examining early care and education after major disruption


Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services

Generation Citizen Evaluation

Evaluating how the innovative curriculum affects student learning, motivation, and engagement


Institute of Education Sciences