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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

»The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Postdoctoral Research Training Program in the Early Childhood Education Sciences provides training for fellows interested in gaining experience in the design and evaluation of interventions for young children, and research that addresses methods including clinical trial studies and quasi-experimental evaluations. Through this program fellows have the opportunity to work with faculty on one or more early childhood studies currently being conducted. These current studies are investigating many topics central to early childhood education, such as developing and evaluating programs designed to improve outcomes for young children in language and literacy, math, and social skills, as well as programs to better educate parents; developing and evaluating professional development programs to improve home-based and center-based programs; and exploring the natural history of child care in low and middle income children in rural and suburban settings. Across these projects, fellows have opportunities to develop research protocols, train data collectors, code and analyze data, present and publish papers, and write additional grant proposals.

Principal Investigator: Margaret Burchinal
Postdoctoral training information

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Postdoctoral Research Training Program in the Education Sciences promotes the professional development of research scientists who will significantly contribute to early childhood education and related fields. The training program is housed in the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Fellows work with faculty on one or more of 14 grant-funded studies: (1) evaluations of large samples of a variety of early childhood education settings, usually involving random selection of classrooms and children, and methods including classroom observations and child assessments, and (2) studies of professional development using random assignment to educational or quality enhancement interventions.