Child Development Center for Learning & Research

Research News

PRESS RELEASE
February 19, 2009

Virginia Tech Faculty Team with Virginia Office of Early Childhood Development to Enhance Child and Family Research Capacity

In partnership with Virginia’s new Office of Early Childhood Development, Isabel Bradburn (Child Development Center, Human Development) and Mido Chang (Education Leadership), working with Aaron Schroeder (VT Institute for Policy and Governance), have been awarded a three-year $645,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to design, develop, and implement an integrated, interagency data system for the purpose of enhancing Virginia’s child and family research capacity.

Integrating data from governmental agencies at the state and local-level, as well as from child and family related non-profit organizations, the web-based data system will be used to analyze critical policy questions concerning public program impacts on the promotion of child health, development and school readiness. In addition to enhancing local and state-wide policy decision-making, it is expected that this project will provide a rich tool for use by developmental, health, education, and policy scientists.