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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...

Unstable Child Care Can Affect Children by Age 4

A new study from UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) reveals that disruptions in child care negatively affect children’s social development as early as age 4. However, the study also shows that the effects of child care instability are not unduly large—and some types of instability appear to have no negative impact on children. Read More...