Tribal Research Center on Early Childhood under the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program and the Head Start Act's Head Start and Early Head Start Programs, 2011-2016

Project Overview

The Tribal Early Childhood Research Center (TRC) provides leadership and support to promote excellence in community-based participatory research and evaluation of Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV), Head Start, and Early Head Start (EHS) initiatives that serve American Indian and Alaskan Native (AIAN) children and families.  Goals of TRC are as follows:

  1. Engage in a participatory process of consultation with key stakeholders and collaboration with tribal Head Start / Early Head Start (HS/EHS) and Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) programs to foster a community of learning;
  2. Support and conduct research and measurement development;
  3. Enhance program evaluation and research-to-practice activities;
  4. Disseminate the findings of the proposed center broadly; and
  5. Train the next generation of evaluators and researchers to work effectively with HS/EHS, MIECHV and other early childhood programs in AI/AN communities.

The grant award was made to the University of Colorado Denver The project builds upon existing partnerships between the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, tribal communities, and researchers nationwide. The award period is from September 2011 to September 2016.  Links to TRC activities and the resources they have developed can be found at and

The point of contact is Aleta Meyer.