The central goal of this project is to understand the ways in which community, family economic and health resources, family employment, family contexts, parent/child relationships, childcare/preschool experiences, and individual differences in the children themselves interact over time to shape the developmental trajectories of competence during children's transition to school and early years of formal schooling. Unique to this project is the focus on the possible causal mechanisms (mediators) that underlie such constructs as poverty, schooling, family employment, and the quality of the home environment. In addition, the multidisciplinary and multilevel measurement of these constructs better captures the dynamic and complex interplay of influences that lead to child outcomes.
Area(s) of Work: Child Health and Development
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
09/01/2010 to 08/31/2011