7/1/2022 – 6/30/2023
RAPID is a program of national surveys designed to collect essential information from the important adults in young children’s lives about the conditions in which young children are growing and developing, in near real-time and on an ongoing basis. The surveys and information gathered have been particularly critical to understanding the disruptions, hardships, and resilience parents and caregivers have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The study aims are to 1) provide timely and relevant data to policymakers and other decision makers to inform effective and equitable policies and programs that can help all young children and the important adults in their lives thrive; and 2) expand our capacity to engage with parent, family, and child care workforce-facing organizations that represent Black, Asian, Alaska Native/American Indian, Latine, and other racial and ethnic groups that have been historically underrepresented in early childhood research. In this way, we can ensure that RAPID data are a resource in understanding the experiences of historically underrepresented caregivers, children and families, and in promoting racial equity in early childhood policies and programs. Dr. Philip Fisher of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education is the Principal Investigator, and the project is guided by a National Advisory Council made up of content area experts from around the United States.