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Photo of Noreen Yazejian beside photo of Iheoma Iruka on dark blue background with cover of Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale Third Edition on right; footer of image reads: New Study looks to identify gaps and equity challenges in ECERS-3
January 24, 2022
The world has changed significantly in the more than 40 years since researchers at FPG developed the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS), now in its third edition. To address these changes and ensure that the rating measures remain relevant and useful in a diverse world, FPG co-principal investigators Noreen Yazejian and Iheoma U. Iruka recently launched a study, “ECERS-3: Identifying Gaps and Equity Challenges.”
Implementation Support Practitioner Core Competencies Virtual Series in black text on white background with blue border above NIRN logo
January 24, 2022
With this upcoming virtual series, NIRN will provide a unique opportunity for the implementation science community to come together and participate in the alignment of the implementation support practitioner core competencies to activities within the implementation stages.
Photo of Sandra Soliday Hong smiling at camera
January 17, 2022
Research scientist Sandra L. Soliday Hong was recently named head of FPG's Policy Division, which focuses on translating and communicating the results of FPG's rigorous research, evaluation, implementation, and technical assistance work into effective federal, state, and local policies.
Hsiu-Wen Yang photo on media card announcing her election as treasurer of Division for Early Childhood Executive Board
January 10, 2022
Hsiu-Wen Yang, PhD, a technical assistance specialist at FPG, has been elected to the Executive Board of the Division for Early Childhood. Yang’s term as the new treasurer will begin in July 2022. Learn about her work on the STEMIE team, and how she strives to address families' and practitioners' needs, priorities, and concerns.
frontier logo in white imposed over background image of mountain range; FRONTIER stands for Fostering Research On Neuro-Prevention Translation via Infrastructure, Education, and Relationships
January 3, 2022
With the 2021 launch of FRONTIER (Fostering Research on Neuro-Prevention via Infrastructure, Education and Relationships), founder and director Diana Fishbein is furthering her mission of mitigating the impacts of adversity and promoting healthy development for children and adolescents.
FPG 2021 year in review written on carolina blue background with decorative leaves at corners
December 21, 2021
Throughout the year, the Institute shares information about FPG projects and publications and highlights some of this work—and the people doing it—on its website. As 2021 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of the news stories we’ve highlighted over the last 12 months.
implementation science at work podcast logo
December 20, 2021
The Impact Center at FPG has created an exciting new resource, “Implementation Science at Work.” The podcast, which dropped its initial three episodes in November, explores questions and strategies in implementation science including tackling community health issues, reducing health disparities, and improving community and population outcomes through building capacity.
Headshot photo of Kara Hume standing on UNC campus wearing a sleeveless teal blouse
December 17, 2021
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers led by FPG Faculty Fellow Kara Hume, Ph.D., found that a new comprehensive intervention for high school students with autism was more successful in helping them reach educational goals than services typically provided for autistic students.
young girl learning sign language in doctor's office
December 9, 2021
Researchers at FPG have recently launched the Child Find ACCESS project, a model demonstration to improve services and results for infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities. The project, which aligns with the Institute’s commitment to equity, is designed to address ongoing challenges experienced by states in identifying infants and toddlers needing early intervention services, which has resulted in persistent racial inequities and disparities in identification rates.
teacher wearing face mask talking with students wearing facemasks who are seated at desks in a small middle school classroom
December 7, 2021
A grant recently awarded to the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) at FPG will help ensure students are receiving high-quality mathematics education in middle school—crucial years that can impact students’ chances at successful high school graduation and post-secondary career success.
headshot photo of allison demarco; demarco is smiling at camera wearing a white cowl in front of a purple shrub
December 1, 2021
Allison De Marco, MSW, PhD, an advanced research scientist at FPG, has been selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for its prestigious Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program, alongside two colleagues, Danielle Spurlock, PhD, UNC Department of City and Regional Planning, and Donna Carrington, executive director of Community Empowerment Fund.
black and white headshot photo of carrie bynum surrounded by carolina blue FPG border
November 30, 2021
Carrie Davis Bynum, a long-time member of the FPG community, passed away on November 22, 2021 at the age of 87. Her work and spirit will live on at the Institute.
50 years of excellence in technical assistance; reflecting on the wisdom of the past, informing our work in the present, inspiring the field for the future written on green and white media card with leaf outline border
November 24, 2021
During the final webinar celebration of the Institute’s 50th anniversary of excellence in TA, the emphasis was on looking to the future. The keynote speaker and panelists focused on inspiring the early childhood education and care field going forward, and the importance of centering the lived experiences of the children and families served.
young girl smiling at camera beside yellow card that reads 2021 international early childhood inclusion institute
November 22, 2021
More than 700 early childhood professionals and families from across the country and throughout the world attended the 21st annual International Early Childhood Inclusion Institute, held online from October 25 - 28, 2021.
50 years of excellence in technical assistance; reflecting on the wisdom of the past, informing our work in the present, inspiring the field for the future written on teal and white media card with decorative leaf accents
November 16, 2021
After honoring the 50-year history of technical assistance (TA) at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) by looking at the organization’s past work on behalf of children and their families, TA leaders celebrated this momentous anniversary by examining their current work.
small child reading book
November 11, 2021
With the motto, “teachers learning, students growing,” literacy experts at FPG's Targeted Reading Instruction (TRI) have been providing professional development for kindergarten through second grade teachers for the past 15 years to help struggling young readers.
50 years of excellence in technical assistance; reflecting on the wisdom of the past, informing our work in the present, inspiring the field for the future written on blue and white media card with decorative leaf accents
November 8, 2021
Recently, to commemorate the golden anniversary of FPG’s celebrated technical assistance (TA) program, TA leaders and other notables in the field of early childhood education gathered for three sessions entitled Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence in Technical Assistance. The first in a three-part series, this article covers session one, "Reflecting on the wisdom of the past."
headshot of brianne tomaszewski smiling at camera while standing outside with greenery behind her
November 5, 2021
An interdisciplinary team across multiple departments at UNC in partnership with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities(ID/DD) and their families, and community organizations providing transition services for adolescents and adults will establish a community collaborative aimed at optimizing opportunities for employment for adults with ID/DD.
headshot photo of clare harrop smiling at camera from her office
November 3, 2021
Clare Harrop, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and Faculty Fellow at FPG, has received a 5-year, $3.28 million R01 award from the NIH (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development) to chart the impact of assigned sex at birth on developmental trajectories in young autistic children.
headshot photo of caryn ward smiling at camera; ward is wearing a light blue shirt and standing outside in front of purple and green shrubbery
October 25, 2021
Caryn Ward, PhD, has been an integral member of the team at the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute since 2014, when she joined as an implementation specialist. She became NIRN’s assistant director in 2017 before being named as director in July 2021.

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