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Head Start Graduate Student Research Program: 2018 Research Scholars

January 7, 2019
Child Care, Early Head Start, Head Start, Home Visiting
Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants, 1998-2019 | Learn more about this project
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The Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants program is designed to build research capacity in and knowledge of effective early childhood interventions with low-income children and families. The grant program does this by providing support for dissertation research conducted by graduate students working in partnership with local Head Start or Early Head Start programs.

The immediate goals of the grant program are to:

  1. support the completion of high quality research projects directed at the current concerns of Head Start and Early Head Start programs and policy makers;
  2. encourage research with Head Start and Early Head Start populations;
  3. emphasize the importance of developing working research partnerships with Head Start and Early Head Start programs, thereby increasing the effectiveness of the applied research work;
  4. promote mentor-student relationships that provide project supervision in the field and support students' professional development; and
  5. support active communication, networking and collaboration among the group of grantee graduate students, their mentors, and policymakers.

The FY2018 Head Start Graduate Student Research Scholars are:

Graduate Student

Project Title


Principal Investigator/ Faculty Mentor

Sunah Hyun

Examination of Chinese Immigrant Parents' Beliefs about Children's Social Development Through Play: A Mixed Methods Explanatory Sequential Study

Tufts College

Dr. Christine McWayne

Robert C. Carr

Head Start Impacts Before and After the Transition to Kindergarten: The Moderating Role of Kindergarten Classroom and School Contexts in Eastern North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Lynne Vernon-Feagans

Brooke Rumper

Does it sink “¿Se hunde?”: Examining Impacts on Head Start Dual Language Learning Children’s Science Outcomes Across Languages

University of Miami

Dr. Daryl Greenfield

Bridget Poznanski

Examining Positive Behavioral Supports for Children with Challenging Behaviors Across Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Head Start Settings

Florida International University

Dr. Katie Hart

Last Reviewed: February 12, 2020