Equity matters.  Our work makes equity possible.

We believe that every child regardless of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, language, immigration status, and ability, can thrive and be excellent.

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Our Goals

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:

Protecting

Conducting research that informs practices and policies focused on protecting Black and other minoritized children and their families by positively affecting income and education levels, supporting safe and stable communities with ready access to food and housing, and much, much more.

Promoting

Conducting research that informs practices and policies that support access to high-quality early learning experiences for Black and other minoritized infants and toddlers.

Preserving

Conducting research that recognizes, respects, and preserves the richness of languages spoken, cultural wealth, and traditions that can be capitalized upon or leveraged to ensure strong outcomes for Black and other minoritized children.

What We Do

Early Childhood Research
and Evaluation

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. 

Mentoring and
Training

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

Equity Research Action Coalition welcomes new staff

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.

FPG hosts 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge to encourage meaningful change

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 Strives to Make Racial Equity ‘the Air We Breathe’ at FPG

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.

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