Current Projects

  • The overall goal of this project is to improve services, program management, and child outcomes for preschool children in the Exceptional Children Program in all Local Education Agencies across North Carolina through the development of a statewide system of professional development and support. Activities provide support for local coordinators and staff who serve preschool exceptional children through training, technical assistance, follow up, networking, and opportunities for collaboration.
  • The Early Intervention Branch in the Women’s and Children’s Health Section of the Division of Public Health is the lead agency for services to NC children birth to three years old with developmental disabilities. This project will provide analysis of the federal required data on the family outcomes of NC Early Intervention (NC EI), as well as advise the program administrators on how to utilize the family outcome data to inform state and local program improvement.
  • The NCIC-TP project is a collaborative effort to help counties in NC successfully and sustainably implement the Triple P system of interventions. The project began in 2014 with a two year implementation evaluation of Triple P. Data from that evaluation, along with emerging evidence from implementation science and best practice, is the foundation of the information, learning, and implementation support resources offered by NCIC-TP to NC counties interested in or currently scaling-up Triple P.
  • The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute will conduct a rigorous evaluation of Pennsylvania's state-funded pre-k program Pre-K Counts to determine whether the program is achieving its goal of building the necessary skills and competencies that enable three- and four-year-olds in Pennsylvania to be kindergarten-ready.
  • The University of North Carolina's postdoctoral research program will provide postdoctoral fellows with extensive research training in special education with a focus on the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate the efficacy of interventions and instructional practices for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The overarching goal of this program is to prepare four fellows (with 2 years of training each) to conduct high-quality special education research related to children and youth with ASD.
  • The primary project goal is to prepare working professionals from diverse backgrounds to become interdisciplinary, collaborative leaders in early childhood special education implementing culturally responsive and evidence based practices for facilitating the successful inclusion of young children with disabilities and their families in high need schools and community based programs.
  • The purpose of this project is to develop and test an intervention to support the development of adolescents' self-regulation skills during the middle school years. The Self-Regulation Skills for Success (SRSS) intervention will adapt and integrate strategies from existing evidence-based programs guided by a theory of change that intentionally targets self-regulatory processes in need of support and development during early adolescence: immature cognitive controls, increased emotionality and stress reactivity, and responsivity to peers.
  • The current project is designed to improve outcomes of juvenile justice youth who have been incarcerated or under community supervision. The Impact Center at FPG Child Development Institute, as a subgrantee to the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, will provide implementation science and active implementation support training and technical assistance for local juvenile justice jurisdictions to improve their outcomes for youth in confinement and under community supervision.
  • Effective implementation capacity is essential to improving education. The SISEP Center supports education systems in creating implementation capacity for evidence‐based practices benefiting students with disabilities. Project funding is by the Office of Special Education Programs.
  • The North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education is funding a statewide Birth-5 Needs Assessment as part of an initial federal requirement of the Preschool Development Grant. The B-5 NA will be used in developing a statewide strategic plan to strengthen the early childhood system.
  • This project's purpose is to develop and enhance the knowledge on the practices and supports necessary to improve access and participation within STEM learning opportunities for young children with disabilities.
  • Early childhood educators (ECE) work with young children with disabilities as well as children from diverse backgrounds to support learning and development. It is critical for ECEs to be adequately prepared to serve children who are linguistically, culturally, and ability-diverse. The purpose of this project is to work with early childhood community college programs in North Carolina to enhance and redesign courses to better prepare ECEs to work with children with disabilities and children from diverse backgrounds.
  • The purpose of this project is to develop the Supporting paraprofessionals-Teachers use of Evidence-based practices with Learners having Autism (STELA) program, a professional development intervention targeting the knowledge and skills that paraprofessionals need to implement evidence-based practices for students with autism spectrum disorder.
  • This dissertation study aims to identify characteristics of kindergarten classroom and elementary school contexts that contribute to Head Start children's continued learning across the transition to school in order to inform policymaking related to this topic, both in the state of North Carolina and nationally.
  • The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) will partner with The Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) to build the capacity of Results First States to integrate implementation science into their evidence-based policymaking approaches.
  • FPG will partner with MDRC to conduct the Variations in Implementation of Quality Interventions: Examining the Quality-Child Outcomes Relationship in Child Care and Early Education study (the Quality Study). The Quality Study will address important early childhood education (ECE) research and policy by addressing questions about which aspects of ECE quality have the largest impacts on child outcomes and the extent to which those aspects of ECE quality can be improved through intervention.