We believe that every child regardless of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, language, immigration status, and ability, can thrive and be excellent.
Did You Know…
Together, we can conduct research that informs practices and policies aimed at protecting, promoting, and preserving the health, economic security, and cultural excellence of Black and other minoritized children and their families. We do this by:
What We Do
Early Childhood Research
We examine the holistic experiences of Black children and other children of color, prenatally through adolescence, and their families.
Equitable Early Childhood Policies
We develop actionable policies and practices to eradicate the impact of racism and poverty and all its consequences on the lives of Black children and other children of color and their families and communities.
We support the development of diverse emerging scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and leaders interested in strengthening Black and other minoritized children’s early years.
News & Events
The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute’s Equity Research Action Coalition recently added two new members to its team: Managing Director Sharron Hunter-Rainey, PhD, and Data Scientist Milton Suggs. The Coalition addresses a need for a collaborative of experts who will use strengths-based data to shed light on the impact of historical and contemporary racism and inequities.
The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute recently co-hosted a 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge to allow members of the its community to not only deepen their understanding of racism and white supremacy but also to join together in mutual efforts to build a more equitable world.
Iheoma Iruka, PhD, an applied developmental psychologist and former associate director for research at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, has returned to the Institute in a new role as the Program Director for Racial Equity.