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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...

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...