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Storytelling Skills Support Early Literacy for African American Children

Early narrative skills are tied to kindergarten literacy among young African American children, according to new research from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG). The study is the first to demonstrate the connection between African American preschoolers’ storytelling abilities and the development of their early reading skills. Read More...

DataBridge shines a light on dark data

DataBridge, a project led by the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC-Chapel Hill, aims to make hidden dark data discoverable and available for investigation and collaboration.  Read More...

House of Representatives Hears Expert Testimony Citing FPG’s New Educare Study

During a budget hearing for the Early Education Panel last month, a subcommittee for the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations heard expert testimony citingFPG's recent study of Educare Schools. Walter S. Gilliam, director of Yale's Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, provided an overview of the research on child development and the impact of early education before specifically addressing the question of how best to target federal investments. Read More...

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...