Child Care Research Scholars: 2018 Grantees

Publication Date: January 7, 2019

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The Child Care Research Scholars Program supports dissertation research addressing child care policy interests in partnership with state Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agencies. The Child Care Research Scholars Program builds capacity in the field to produce research that informs child care policy decision-making.

The immediate goals of the Child Care Research Scholars grants are to:

  1. directly support graduate students as a way of encouraging the conduct of child care policy research;
  2. foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and graduate students who are pursuing doctoral-level research in the child care field; and
  3. encourage active communication, networking, and collaboration among graduate students, their mentors, other senior child care researchers and policymakers.

The FY2018 Child Care Research Scholars are:

Graduate Student

Project Title


Principal Investigator/ Faculty Mentor

Mary Lee Porterfield

Exploring Teacher-Family Relationships: Avenues for Increasing the Quality of Care in Infant-Toddler Classrooms

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dr. Catherine Scott-Little

Ying-Chun Lin

Examining Access to and Participation in Early Care and Education Among Children of Immigrants

University of Wisconsin

Dr. Katherine Magnuson

Jun (AJ) Ai

Implementation and Sustainability of Positive Behavior Support in Real Early Care (InSPIRE)

University of Kansas

Dr. Eva Horn

Alexandra Lundquist

Filling the Gap: Understanding Responsive Feeding Practices in Early Care and Education Settings

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Brent McBride

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