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Research-Policy and Practice Collaboration

The purpose of this project is to provide DCDEE with expertise in research and analysis related to short- and long-term policy questions focused on young children’s education and development in support of:

  • Evidence-based decision-making at the state level
  • Educating the public on best practices related to early childhood education and development
  • Educating the public/legislators on the early childhood system in NC
  • Forecasting and influencing future and current areas of policy focus for advocates and legislators
  • Educating/sharing learning in a bi-directional way between academia and policy practice in service of career advancement/efficacy
  • Training ground for the field in policy
  • Advancement for state staff


Funding Agency:  

NCDHHS Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE)

Funding Period:  

09/30/2021 to 06/30/2022

Award Amount:  



Sandra L. Soliday Hong, Principal Investigator
Ronald Seifer, Co-Principal Investigator
Noreen M. Yazejian, Co-Principal Investigator
David A. Bogojevich, Systems Programmer/Specialist
Julie Chin, Educational Technology Specialist
Gisele M. Crawford, Social Research Specialist
Allison C. De Marco, Advanced Research Scientist
Iheoma U. Iruka, Faculty Fellow
Jada F. Walker, Project Coordinator
Sherri Britt Williams, Senior Technical Assistance Specialist