Recently Funded Projects
Blueprint for Implementing a Statewide System of Evidence-Based Professional Development for NC's Early Education and Care WorkforceThe purpose of this project is to develop a statewide systemic professional development blueprint for North Carolina's early care and education workforce. The blueprint will reflect evidence-based best practices for professional development in the areas of coaching, mentoring, technical assistance consultation, and formal coursework that will support the early care and education workforce and prepare them to meet the developmental needs of participating infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-age children.
The University of North Carolina's postdoctoral research program will provide postdoctoral fellows with extensive research training in special education with a focus on the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate the efficacy of interventions and instructional practices for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The overarching goal of this program is to prepare four fellows (with 2 years of training each) to conduct high-quality special education research related to children and youth with ASD.
This project is designed to provide a statewide evaluation of the NC Pre-K Program. The primary research questions addressed include who is served by the NC Pre-K Program, what are the characteristics and quality of services provided, and what are the outcomes for children attending the program. Data are gathered from multiple sources including classroom observations, teacher surveys, child assessments, and monthly program reports.