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The Mindful Classroom: Cutting-Edge Training for Early Childhood Educators

With significant implications for early childhood education, new research shows that a mindful disposition is associated with alleviating lasting physical and emotional effects of childhood adversity. The groundbreaking study is the first to examine relationships between childhood adversity, mindfulness, and adult health—and the new evidence is fueling work on a professional development and coaching approach to improve the health of teachers. Read More...

Professional Development Programs Improve Pre-K Teacher-Child Interactions

Two professional development programs for pre-kindergarten teachers have improved their interactions with children, according to a new report for Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). Scientists from UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) and Child Trends found benefits from both approaches in increased emotional support that children received from their teachers. Read More...

2015 Inclusion Institute to Feature Pioneers Ann and Kate Turnbull

The 2015 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute will feature a formidable and multi-talented mother-daughter team renowned for their service and advocacy. Ann Turnbull, co-founder of the University of Kansas’s Beach Center on Disability, and daughter Kate Turnbull, a mindfulness coach who works with children with ADHD, will deliver the keynote address at the popular three-day conference and play key roles in several other Institute offerings.  Read More...

Inaugural Gift from New Voices Foundation Launches Plans for FPG’s 50th Anniversary

Don Stedman, Co-Founder of New Voices Foundation, has presented UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) with the first donation designated to celebrate FPG’s 50th Anniversary in 2016.  Read More...

FPG Director Odom Warns Against “Snake Oil Salesmen” of Treatments for Autism

FPG director Samuel L. Odom traveled to Dublin last month to tout the importance of evidence-based programs for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for the annual research conference of Ireland's National Council on Special Education (NCSE).  Read More...