About FPG

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) was founded in 1966 by a small group of scientists who had a vision—to conduct research that would make a difference in children's lives, support families, and inform public policy. Since its inception FPG has recognized that every child deserves a safe, healthy, and stimulating childhood; and our work has been dedicated to making this experience a reality for all children. For more than 53 years, FPG research and evaluation, implementation, technical assistance, and outreach have shaped how the nation cares for and educates children.

Today, FPG is one of the nation's oldest and largest multidisciplinary centers devoted to the study of children and families. About 200 researchers, implementation and technical assistance specialists, staff, and students work on more than 60 projects related to developmental disabilities; early care and education; physical, social, and emotional health; and racial, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity. Our work crosses many disciplines from education and psychology to social work and public health.

FPG researchers study important issues facing children and families, and we use this information to enhance policy and improve practice. We are committed to sharing the information we generate with the public and to supporting professionals’ understanding and use of evidence-based practices. Like other top tier research organizations, our work is published in the most respected journals in our field. What sets us apart is our effort to ensure that parents, educators, and other professionals who support children and families benefit from our work in a timely manner. FPG’s dedication to both research and outreach is embodied in our motto: Advancing knowledge to transform children's lives.