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Publications Roundup Inclusion Focus
July 21, 2021
July is Disability Pride Month, and much of our work focuses on disability research and improving outcomes and support systems for children with disabilities and their families. Below, we have gathered a few of our most recent publications that examine and promote inclusion and equity for children with disabilities.
ann sam standing outside in front of tree
July 14, 2021
Ann Sam, PhD, is an advanced research scientist at FPG. Her research and professional development interests are rooted in her direct experience as a public school teacher working in preschool and kindergarten classrooms with students with autism. Her work focuses on supporting the use of evidence-based practices for children with autism using a variety of professional development approaches including coaching and interactive, online modules.
July 11, 2021
Every day we work to strengthen and accelerate the translation of research knowledge to evidence-based practices and policies. We're committed to sharing the information we generate with the public via journal articles and other resources. Check out some of our most recent implementation-related publications.
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July 5, 2021
FPG is pleased to welcome seven new members to its Executive Leadership Board, which was established in 2001 to guide the Institute in its mission to conduct research that makes a difference in children's lives, supports families, and informs public policy.
sandra soliday hong
July 1, 2021
The Abecedarian Award honors an FPG staff member's early career research that is scientifically rigorous and addresses an issue of significant social concern. We recently spoke with this year's winner, Sandra Soliday Hong, to ask about her work at FPG and what the Abecedarian Award means to her.
decorative media card with leaves and title saying publications roundup autism focus
June 28, 2021
Over the years, people from more than 180 countries have relied on our publications and resources to support their work on behalf of children and families. In this publications roundup, we've gathered a few of our most recent (published in 2021) autism-related publications.
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June 21, 2021
Adam Holland, PhD, is a technical assistance specialist at FPG. His research interests include motivation in early childhood, promoting cognitive development in young children, equity, and understanding the effects of classroom processes on children's social and emotional competence.
decorative media card with leaves and title saying publications roundup equity focus
June 18, 2021
Over the years, people from more than 180 countries have relied on our publications and resources to support their work on behalf of children and families. In this publications roundup, we’ve gathered a few of our most recent (published in 2021) equity-related publications.
screen shot of video with preschoolers and teachers sitting in a classroom during covid pandemic wearing face masks
June 11, 2021
A multi-part video series—Preschool During the Pandemic: Early Childhood Education in Extraordinary Times—features preschool staff and families from across the U.S. and illustrates their working together to use technology to make the virtual learning experience exciting, effective, and engaging for young children.
sarah pedonti smiling at camera
June 1, 2021
We’re pleased to share that Sarah Pedonti, MEd, is the winner of this year’s James J. Gallagher Dissertation Award. She recently spoke with us about her research and what impact receiving this award will have on it.
child cutouts alongside a gavel to represent juvenile justice
May 25, 2021
Implementation science led by experts in child development can be a powerful tool for the improvement of systems that serve children, families, and communities―and this includes juvenile justice, says Robin Jenkins, PhD, the Policy Division Lead at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute who has spent decades working in juvenile justice and child behavioral health systems.
May 20, 2021
The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute's Implementation Division welcomes three interns for its second cohort of the Implementation Division Summer Internship Program.
May 12, 2021
The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) is proud to welcome its second cohort of interns to work with FPG for the Marvin H. McKinney Scholars Program in Research, Practice, and Policy. This program was established to offer hands-on research experience in child development to undergraduate students from North Carolina's HBCUs.
Cover of ECERS 3rd edition
May 7, 2021
What do young children truly need to succeed? This is the question that veteran UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute investigators Thelma Harms, Dick Clifford, and Debby Cryer have spent five decades asking and answering.
Betsy Ayankoya
May 3, 2021
Each year, the University recognizes people and groups that have given their time and effort to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at Carolina and in our surrounding community—this work is vital as we build our community together. FPG's Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Betsy Ayankoya, is the recipient of the UNC 2021 Staff Diversity Award.
Samantha Garcia Cruz
April 26, 2021
When Samantha Garcia Cruz transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill two years ago, she was looking for research experience to complement her studies in psychology. She connected with Cathi Propper, PhD, and found a lab that fit her interests and made her feel supported as a student and recognized as an emerging researcher with a talent for community-based research.
April 22, 2021
Kirsten Kainz, PhD, is a research professor at the UNC School of Social Work and a Faculty Fellow at FPG. Prior to that, she held various roles at FPG, and she has spent both her career as a scientist and personal life as an advocate working to create a more equitable world for children who are part of underserved and underrepresented communities.
April 18, 2021
The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute has selected 13 new members for its 2021 cohort of 'aRPy Ambassadors' from across the country to help implement official recommended practices for the care and education of young children with disabilities.
Laura Kuhn smiling at camera in front of grassy field and trees
April 14, 2021
Laura Kuhn, PhD, is an advanced research scientist at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, working as a methodologist in the Data Management and Analysis Core (DMAC) and as an investigator studying executive functioning in preschool-aged children. She received her PhD in early childhood education from the UNC School of Education.
hand with transgender flag painted on palm
April 12, 2021
As one of the nation's oldest and largest multidisciplinary centers devoted to the study of children and families, we want to be very clear that means all children and families—including gender-diverse children and families.

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