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Better Academic Support in High School Crucial for Low Performers with ADHD

New research reveals that high school students with attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are using an unexpectedly high rate of services for their age group, yet many low achievers with ADHD are not getting the academic supports they need. Scientists from UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) and several other universities published the findings in School Mental Health after examining data for a large national sample of high school students with ADHD. Read More...

President Targets 6 Million Children for High-Quality Preschool by 2020

Research from UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) and many other institutes and universities has long demonstrated the positive effects of high-quality early care and education. FPG’s Abecedarian Project provided comprehensive high-quality care and education for children birth to age 5, and decades later the economic, social, and health benefits have remained apparent.  Read More...

Mindfulness Helps Adults Overcome Childhood Adversity

With significant implications for early childhood education, new research reveals that a mindful disposition is associated with alleviating lasting physical and emotional effects of childhood adversity. A team of scientists from Temple University, UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG), Child Trends, and the Rockefeller University conducted the groundbreaking study—the first to examine relationships between childhood adversity, mindfulness, and adult health. Read More...

Latino Children Make Greatest Gains in NC Pre-K

A new summary of 12 years of research on North Carolina’s pre-kindergarten program for at-risk 4-year-olds shows that “dual-language learners” make the greatest academic progress in the program. According to the report from UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG), while students in NC Pre-K advance across all spheres of learning, the program is especially beneficial for the state’s dual-language learners. Read More...

Teachers Play Key Role in Program to Fight Childhood Obesity

An innovative physical activities guide developed at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) is helping North Carolina fight childhood obesity. New research shows that when teachers direct these physical activities, young children become more active and less sedentary.  Read More...