Family Life Project

The Family Life Project is a multi-university program of research, and the project website provides a complete listing of collaborators. The project has been funded by NICHD for more than 10 years and seeks to understand the development of critical child skills in both poor and non poor young children growing up in rural areas characterized by high poverty. The project recruited a representative sample of every baby born to a mother who lived in one of six poor rural counties (3 in Pennsylvania and 3 in North Carolina) over a one year period, oversampling for poverty in both regions and African American in North Carolina. An interdisciplinary team of investigators with expertise in a variety of important domains has been following these 1,292 children from birth with measurement of child, family, and school functioning yearly (e.g., emotional and behavioral regulation, executive functions, language, and academic achievement as well as social competence), observed mother and father sensitivity and language input in the home setting, observed quality of instruction in child care and elementary school, characteristics of the neighborhood/community, as well as biomarkers of child and maternal stress.

Project Website: Family Life Project
FPG Project Staff:
Lynne Vernon-Feagans, Principal Investigator
, Project Director
Heather Walker, Project Administrator
Alison V. Quade, Project Director
Lalia R. Dixon, Research Assistant
Alfreda Faircloth, Research Assistant
Gwendolyn F. Faircloth, Research Assistant
, Research Assistant
, Research Assistant
, Research Assistant
, Research Assistant
, Research Assistant
, Research Assistant
Malerie A. Young, Research Assistant
Related Projects:
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2019
Award Amount: $77,750
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
July 20, 2014 - June 30, 2019
Award Amount: $2,354,973
New York University
September 21, 2016 - August 31, 2018
Award Amount: $796,640
Pennsylvania State University
August 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018
Award Amount: $710,769
New York University
April 15, 2015 - March 31, 2018
Award Amount: $2,020,179
University of Rochester
January 1, 2014 - January 31, 2018
Award Amount: $1,068,277
Duke University
July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016
Award Amount: $80,064
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
September 30, 2013 - September 29, 2015
Award Amount: $400,000
U.S. Department of Education
March 1, 2011 - February 28, 2015
Award Amount: $1,157,966
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014
Award Amount: $144,226
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
February 1, 2001 - June 30, 2013
Award Amount: $29,108,982
For more information, please contact: familylifeproject@unc.edu