Guiding Research

At FIRT 5, we base our investments and our initiatives on community input as well as knowledge gained from ongoing research, proven studies, and evidence-based practices in the fields of early childhood development and family support.
Below is a collection of key research that has impacted the field of early childhood and guided our work locally.
Research shows that a child’s brain develops most dramatically during the first five years.

Hart Risley 30 Million Word Gap Study
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Early Warning Confirmed: A Research Update on Third-Grade Reading
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Early Learning, Later Success – The Abecedarian Study
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Learn about the critical health issues affecting our youngest children and the steps to take toward prevention.

Elimination of Admission Hypothermia in Preterm Very Low-Birth-Weight
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PEDIATRICS: Chronic Conditions Among Children Investigated by Child Welfare: A National Sample
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Tobacco Use and Pregnancy
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Discover how issues like trauma and neglect can significantly impact the well-being of a young child.

The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain
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Trauma in Early Childhood: Empirical Evidence & Clinical Implications
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