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February 6, 2023
Throughout his long and storied career, Dick Clifford, PhD, senior scientist emeritus at FPG has made a profound difference in the field of early education. He continues to impact the field, with one of his more recent contributions being the creation at FPG of the Richard M. Clifford Fund for International Collaboration on Early Learning Environments.
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February 1, 2023
More than 350 early childhood professionals and parents gathered online on December 8, 2022 for STEMIEFest, a conference designed to support practitioners in fostering STEM and computational thinking for all young children, including those with disabilities. The event was organized by Chih-Ing Lim, co-director of the STEMIE Center, and Megan Vinh, principal investigator at STEMIE.
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January 30, 2023
More than 200 people help carry out the mission of FPG. Our FPG Profile series aims to introduce you to these amazing people and the incredible work they're doing here at the Institute to fulfill both our vision to be a hub of excellence for understanding and impacting child development and our mission to transform children's lives through innovation in research, practice, and policy.
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January 24, 2023
Registration is now open for the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute's 23rd annual International Early Childhood Inclusion Institute.
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January 17, 2023
Through the OJJDP Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative, the Impact Center at FPG’s Robin Jenkins and Renée Boothroyd are helping the Nebraska Administrative Offices of Courts and Probation create readiness for, and capacities to, effectively implement Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice recommendations stemming from a comprehensive statewide system review.
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January 10, 2023
New publication, Supporting Adolescents with Autism in Secondary Schools, offers an in-depth and practical look into the first research-based comprehensive program designed to support high school students with autism. Edited by Samuel Odom, a senior research scientist at FPG, the book was developed by researchers from the Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CSESA).
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January 9, 2023
As the Educare Learning Network’s National Evaluation Partner, FPG serves as the consortium’s research and evaluation data center. FPG researchers, programmers and statisticians provide day-to-day technical assistance for local evaluation partners (LEPs) working with each Educare school to collect and use data. Additionally, FPG, representatives from Educare partners Start Early and the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, and LEPs meet annually to talk data (and more) – during “Data Camp.”
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January 3, 2023
Since arriving in September at FPG, visiting international scholar Julia Argente Tormo has been immersed in learning. A physical therapist and occupational therapist working toward her PhD, Argente Tormo plans to bring her newly acquired knowledge to L'Alquería Early Childhood Education Center at the Catholic University of Valencia, where she works as a practitioner with children with disabilities, ages birth to six years, and their families.
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December 19, 2022
Throughout the year, FPG shares information about its people, projects, and publications on its website. As 2022 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of the news stories we’ve highlighted over the last 12 months.
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December 14, 2022
A deeply engaged member of the Chapel Hill and Carrboro community, Allison De Marco has been involved for more than a decade in volunteer work addressing issues around homelessness in Orange County. This immersion has resulted in her work on community engaged research projects, including her current role as co-PI of, “Overcoming Structural Racism in Housing Stability and Wealth-building: Laying the Foundation for Community Health and Wellbeing.”
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December 8, 2022
In August 2022, Advanced Research Scientist Ximena Franco-Jenkins, PhD, helped launch an evaluation study of the MECK Pre-K Program, a longitudinal project expected to span 10 years. Franco-Jenkins, early childhood portfolio lead at the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) at FPG, serves as co-principal investigator, alongside HighScope Educational Research Foundation, to conduct this independent and unbiased evaluation.
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December 5, 2022
Thanks to her background as a special education teacher, Implementation Specialist Sophia Farmer brings real-world experience to her role as K-12 education project portfolio lead at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Learn more about her work as an implementation specialist at FPG.
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December 2, 2022
The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) is excited to share its 2022 Impact Report, in which you’ll learn about how we are responding to the needs of practitioners, parents, and families—around the globe—through a variety of digital platforms and products. And you’ll find many examples of how we are working along the research-practice-policy continuum to promote positive developmental and educational outcomes for children of all backgrounds and all abilities.
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November 29, 2022
Several colleagues within FPG are collaborating on a new series of resources designed for early interventionists working with caregivers (e.g., parents, child care providers) of toddlers. Researchers from the Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules: AFIRM project and technical assistance specialists from the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center partnered to produce the AFIRM for Toddler modules, of which there are currently three.
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November 22, 2022
Heather Aiken, PhD, NBCT, serves as the intervention director for Targeted Reading Instruction (TRI; formerly called Targeted Reading Intervention) at FPG. Before beginning this role, she worked for three years as a TRI literacy coach while earning her doctorate in teacher education and curriculum at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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November 17, 2022
FPG Director, Aysenil Belger, joined the westbound contingent of the 2022 Tar Heel Bus Tour with the goal of gaining a better understanding about opportunities and potential collaborations for FPG throughout the state and hearing directly from community members. Launched in 1997, the Tar Heel Bus Tour is designed to demonstrate UNC-Chapel Hill’s impact in the state of North Carolina and its commitment to public service and more.
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November 15, 2022
It’s been two years since Faculty Fellow Iheoma Iruka, PhD, launched FPG’s Equity Research Action Coalition. Since then, the group has taken big steps in its work to promote and support the healthy development of Black children across the African diaspora and other children of color.
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November 9, 2022
FPG's growing publications library includes more than 2,500 journal articles, policy briefs, assessment tools, learning modules, and multimedia to support multiple audiences at home and abroad. We've gathered a list of some of our most recent publications—and encourage you to click through to learn more about the amazing work being done here at FPG.
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November 6, 2022
The University of North Carolina System has announced the 2023 Faculty Fellows, who will spend one year researching teaching methods and best practices. The fellows are Jennifer Dalton from Appalachian State University, Jeff Lawson from Western Carolina University, and Nigel Pierce from North Carolina Central University. Pierce is also a Faculty Fellow at FPG.
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November 1, 2022
Growing up in the Eastern Plains (Llanos Orientales) of Colombia and travelling to Bogotá for her schooling, Linda Soto developed a love of education and children. Now, as a full-time social research assistant at FPG, she enjoys being behind the scenes, working to ensure that the Latinx community is included in the Institute’s research and programs.

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