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Early Education Narrows the Achievement Gap with Younger Starts and Longer Stays

New research from UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) reveals high-quality early education is especially advantageous for children when they start younger and continue longer. Not only does more high-quality early education significantly boost the language skills of children from low-income families, children whose first language is not English benefit even more.  Read More...

NC Pre-K Children Outpace Normal Expectations through Kindergarten

Students who were enrolled in the NC Pre-K Program are making significant gains across all areas of learning through the end of kindergarten, according to a new report from scientists at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG).  Read More...

Chronicling the Cutting Edge: Ethics and the Promise of New Genomic Medicine

FPG scientist Debra Skinner has a front-row seat to study what happens at the intersection of the design and practice of a new science. On the cutting edge of clinical medicine, diagnostic genomic sequencing offers the opportunity to better understand and address current illnesses and to peer into the future.  Read More...

Better Classrooms for Children with Disabilities

A pilot study in 51 N.C. classrooms shows the effectiveness of a new measure in assessing the quality of practices in inclusive preschools. Not only is the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP) a reliable instrument, researchers say it also reveals the types of inclusive settings that may be best serving preschoolers with disabilities.  Read More...

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...