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September 8, 2021
The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute’s (FPG’s) Implementation Division recently wrapped up its second annual Implementation Division Summer Internship Program. The three interns of this year’s cohort reflect on their experiences.
August 30, 2021
The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) won a coveted Brandon Hall Group© 2021 Silver Award for Excellence in Learning. The AFIRM for Paraprofessionals modules earned an award for Best Advance in Custom Content.
Karen Bluth
August 25, 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, published 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).
August 19, 2021
The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education (STEMIE) Center has produced a video series about the importance of inclusion in STEM for young children, as well as a collection of resources for families to use at home.
August 4, 2021
The State Implementation and Scaling-Up of Evidence-Based Practices (SISEP) Center at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute has been hard at work creating new multimedia resources for educators and implementation practitioners.
July 29, 2021
FPG's Equity Research Action Coalition recently added two new members to its team: Managing Director Sharron Hunter-Rainey, PhD, and Data Scientist Milton Suggs. The Coalition addresses a need for a collaborative of experts who will use strengths-based data to shed light on the impact of historical and contemporary racism and inequities.
July 28, 2021
As the Marvin H. McKinney Scholars Program in Research, Practice, and Policy at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute comes to a close, the 2021 cohort of scholars reflected on their experiences in the internship program.
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.
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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.
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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.

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