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five young children running in park
March 1, 2021
When it comes to developing programs that truly help children and families, it often begins with a "what." For partners of FPG, the "what" is often better outcomes for children and families. That's where the "how" comes in, says Oscar Fleming, DrPH, and that's why successful programs call on implementation specialists, like those at FPG's NIRN.
composite photo of karen carmody, antoinette landor, jamie hanson, and Leah Richmond-Rakerd
February 23, 2021
In their own words, former trainees share their experiences with the Carolina Consortium on Human Development (CCHD) and how it helped them start meaningful careers in human development.
young girl and boy using building shapes at small table in classroom
February 22, 2021
FPG's North Carolina Early Learning Network (NC-ELN) is one of only two programs nationwide to be selected for the Implementation Coaching to Advance Equity in Pyramid: TA Partnership from the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI).
two male and one female grad students sitting on college campus bench with trees in background
February 22, 2021
FPG's Implementation Division is seeking up to three graduate students to join its summer internship program in 2021. The program is designed to create a challenging and meaningful professional experience for the trainee that includes mentoring, networking, professional development, and experiential learning opportunities.
screen shot of video with preschoolers and teachers sitting in a classroom during covid pandemic wearing face masks
February 10, 2021
A new multi-part video series—Preschool During the Pandemic: Early Childhood Education in Extraordinary Times—features preschool staff and families from five states and illustrates their working together to use technology to make the virtual learning experience exciting, effective, and engaging for young children.
ron seifer standing outside in front of tree
February 3, 2021
At the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG), collaborating across disciplines is a way to leverage collective expertise for comprehensive and relevant research that can accelerate improvements for the lives of children and families. And FPG wants to do more.
3 preschool students working at small round table
February 1, 2021
A longitudinal study following children who attended Georgia's Pre-K Program shows that certain gains from pre-K persist through the third grade, particularly when it comes to language, literacy, and social skills.
young girl with curly dark hair sitting at table in school working on project
January 26, 2021
Autism researchers from the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute have published their latest review of literature related to interventions for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), identifying five new evidence-based practices (EBPs) and reclassifying interventions to better support those who serve children and youth with ASD.
mckinney scholars program logo leaves in light blue dark blue and chartreuse
January 21, 2021
Applications are now open for the second year of the Marvin H. McKinney Scholars Program in Research, Practice, and Policy at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. The Institute is recruiting four students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) for this summer internship program.
DEC conference and balloon logo a virtual event
January 14, 2021
The ECTA Center is partnering to sponsor the Division for Early Childhood's 36th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs & Their Families, a virtual event that runs from January 21 through January 29. Many FPG staff will be presenting on a variety of topics.
Jenille Morgan smiling at camera with trees behind her
January 7, 2021
Jenille Adams Morgan, MA, a longtime research specialist with the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, has been named its assistant director of equity, diversity, and inclusion in an expansion of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Office at FPG.
Christina Kasprzak smiling at camera
January 5, 2021
Christina Kasprzak, MA, is a senior technical assistance specialist and head of the Technical Assistance Division at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. In this Q&A, she discusses the focus of the division, projects that are underway, and her vision for the division in the coming year.
pa pkc report cover two young girls arm-in-arm smiling at camera
December 21, 2020
A recently released report shares the impact of the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program (PA PKC) on children's early learning and kindergarten readiness, indicating favorable benefits. The evaluation was conducted by researchers at the UNC School of Education and FPG, with support from the William Penn Foundation.
chalk board with math problems behind wooden desk with red notebooks on top
December 18, 2020
What does it take to effectively implement a Coherent Instructional System (CIS) for priority students in middle school mathematics? The National Implementation Research Network at FPG will help answer this question with a new planning grant related to math implementation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
little boy refusing spoonful of food
December 14, 2020
Feeding and nourishing children is one of a parent's strongest instincts, says Sallie Nowell, PhD. It is a core responsibility of parenting and an essential, often joyful, part of family life. But for families where a child has autism, issues around feeding can become a significant source of stress.
screen shot of fpg website homepage
December 7, 2020
We're excited to announce a new look and feel for the Institute's website, fpg.unc.edu, after nearly a year of planning, design, development, and seamless coordination between the FPG's Information Technology Services Core, and our external affairs, and communications and marketing teams.
allison metz standing in front of tree smiling at camera
December 1, 2020
Implementation Division Lead Allison Metz, PhD, is a developmental psychologist and a senior research scientist. In this Q&A, she discusses some of the division's main projects currently underway and shares how the division serves the greater FPG mission of advancing knowledge to transform children's lives.
Noreen Yazejian
November 23, 2020
Noreen Yazejian, PhD, is a senior research scientist and head of the Research and Evaluation Division at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. In this Q&A, she discusses the focus of the division, the projects that are on the horizon, and her vision for the division in the coming year.
People sitting in an auditorium
November 16, 2020
FPG's National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) and the Jordan Institute for Families at UNC's School of Social Work are hosting the UNC Institute on Implementation Science 2020 Fall Virtual Series Nov. 17 and Dec. 4, 2020.
Woman using a laptop computer to interact with a child
November 9, 2020
With parents taking on the roles as teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic, they may be feeling uncertain as they navigate teaching reading for the first time. Targeted Reading Instruction (TRI) at FPG is here to help.

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