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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 (FPG) 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.
April 7, 2021
The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) Faculty Fellows program is designed to facilitate productive collaborations between FPG investigators and faculty from UNC-Chapel Hill departments and peer institutions. FPG Faculty Fellows play a vital role in our work.
April 7, 2021
The 2021 International Early Childhood Inclusion Institute, which will be entirely virtual this year, will take place Monday, October 25, 2021, through Thursday, October 28, 2021. In addition to a host of groundbreaking sessions by world-class experts, there are many things you can look forward to at the Inclusion Institute this year.
screen shot of new ECTA database on PartC eligibility
March 30, 2021
Since each state or jurisdiction establishes its own IDEA Part C eligibility policy, it can be difficult for researchers, practitioners, and families to locate information. A new database aims to help with that.
March 23, 2021
The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) stands in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Atlanta, GA, North Carolina, and throughout the country.
Karen Bluth
March 22, 2021
This spring, Karen Bluth, PhD, director of the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute's Program on Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Families, will publish her second book on mindfulness and self-compassion for teenagers in a year, this time focusing on the particular needs of teenagers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
David Bogojevich
March 16, 2021
When COVID-19 paused some in-person projects for investigators at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, they were able to learn new skills to meet urgent needs of the pandemic in ways that connected with FPG's mission to support children and families.
fpg give unc
March 15, 2021
March 30 is GiveUNC—Carolina's fourth annual university-wide day of giving—a day when alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and other Carolina fans come together to support the causes they care about most. Unlike any other day, challenges and matches offered throughout GiveUNC maximize the impact of your gift. Your gift on GiveUNC, along with the collective support of others, can unlock vital dollars for the area of your choice.
red haired woman wearing headphones working at desk
March 9, 2021
Just one year after reaching 100,000 users, the Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM) project at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute has reached another milestone―200,000 users now rely on AFIRM for evidence-based practices that can help learners with autism.
person looking at a computer screen
March 8, 2021
The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) recently co-hosted a 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge to allow members of the FPG community to not only deepen their understanding of racism and white supremacy but also to join together in mutual efforts to build a more equitable world.
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.

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