Centers & Institutes

SOE Centers

  • National Research Center for Rural Education Support (NRCRES)
    Established in 2004 by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the NRCRES is working to improve teaching, learning and student achievement in rural schools nationwide. A team of 20 researchers is conducting research studies focused on issues that face children as they begin their education, issues that face students during the transition to early adolescence and the role that distance education can play in rural schools.

Centers & Institutes Affiliated with the SOE

  • Center for Developmental Science (CDS)
    The CDS is a behavioral research center whose purpose is to pursue questions in basic science related to developmental studies. CDS aims to transcend the limitations of institutional and disciplinary divisions. Its faculty represent several universities and specialize in many disciplines including anthropology, behavioral genetics, developmental psychology, developmental psychobiology, education, epidemiology, experimental psychology, internal medicine, behavioral neurobiology, nursing, pediatrics, psychiatry, public health and sociology.
  • Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG)
    The FPG is a multidisciplinary institute whose mission is to cultivate and share the knowledge necessary to enhance child development and family well-being. Through a variety of grants and contracts, FPG investigators conduct research and provide outreach services. Most of the institute’s work addresses young children, aged 0-8 years, with a special focus on children who experience biological or environmental factors that challenge early development and learning.