Faculty News

Harriet Boone receives grant to develop program to produce culturally-responsive child practitioners

Harriet Boone, associate professor of early childhood intervention and family support, recently received an $800,000 grant to develop and implement a specialized master's program of study to prepare students to meet the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse young children and their families in early childhood and elementary school settings. The grant was awarded through the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), a division of the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Boone will serve as the principal investigator of the project, which begins Jan. 1, 2007 and ends Dec. 31, 2010. Sharon Ritchie, senior scientist at Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute and co-director of FirstSchool, will serve as the co-principal investigator.  The program will begin enrollment at the School of Education in the spring 2007 semester.

The FPG Child Development Institute is a multidisciplinary institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the mission of cultivating and sharing the knowledge necessary to enhance child development and family well being.

FirstSchool is an initiative of FPG with the overarching goal of rethinking public education for children ages three to eight to ensure that all children’s and families’ early school experiences are positive and successful.

OSEP is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.