Research Initiatives

High-quality, empirical research provides the foundation for all of the CCC’s work. We take pride in contributing to the advancement of scientific understanding of childhood creativity through university partnerships and bringing exemplary, important research to our advisory work.

CCC-authored white papers summarize key academic studies and provide new frameworks for understanding child development and creativity development.

Our on-site research lab: The Bay Area Discovery Museum's Creative Thinking Research Lab gives academic researchers an opportunity to conduct studies on site with Museum visitors. Additionally, the CCC and Bay Area Discovery Museum partner to educate visitors about early childhood research through a research toys program.   

Coming Soon! School Readiness Anticipated to be published in 2016

  • To learn more and apply for our Distance Research Project, click here

Published Research

Inspiring a Generation to Create: Critical Components of Creativity in Children

Inspiring a Generation to Create: Critical Components of Creativity in Children synthesizes more than 150 studies from various academic fields contributing to our understanding of creativity. The paper asserts that environment and experience determine our creativity potential and provides a new framework of seven key skills associated with creativity. The paper summarizes relevant empirical research related to each skill and provides practical tips and sample activities to promote the skill in children ages 6-14

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Shared Discoveries: Positive Parent-Child Relationships and Child Development

Shared Discoveries: Positive Parent-Child Relationships and Child Development summarizes more than 80 studies on the significance of parent-child relationships in development. The white paper describes the role that positive communication, shared experience and mutual discovery play in helping children learn, grow and thrive.   
 

Coming Soon! School Readiness

Anticipated to be published in fall 2015, the CCC is currently researching its third white paper. This paper will synthesize findings from developmental psychology, cognitive science and neuroscience to make recommendations about how best to prepare children from low-income communities for success in school.