Early Childhood Initiative


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Launched by the Center for Child and Family Policy in the fall of 2016, the Early Childhood Initiative seeks to bring together scholars from across Duke University to address early childhood challenges and produce world-class scholarship that will help maximize the potential of all children during their early years.

This multi-year effort led by Center Faculty Fellow Anna Gassman-Pines has included:

  • Seminars for Duke faculty, researchers, staff and students.
  • The allocation of small grants for Duke faculty to conduct research on early childhood policy.
    • Carolyn Barnes is studying how child care centers act as sources of social support for low-income families.
    • Marcos Rangel is examining the ways in which English proficiency can affect students’ academic trajectories and school readiness and early childhood development.
    • Anna Gassman-Pines and Christina Gibson-Davis have sent a follow-up survey to parents who enrolled in the Preparing for Kindergarten program in fall 2015. The information will be used to understand the text-message-based intervention’s impact.
  • Research documenting how federal dollars are spent on young children in the U.S.  Report and Data Appendix