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Dr. Chris Payne

 Dr. Chris Payne (The Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships) received a continuation of funding from Guilford Child Development for the project “Partnerships to Enhance Early Care and Education.” The project is supported by funds from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. Joy Scott is co-principal investigator on the project.

According to the abstract, UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships will serve as the Research/Implementation/Professional Development partner to Guilford Child Development for its second Early Head Start Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnership grant in order to increase staff knowledge and skills which support high quality comprehensive child development services.  Utilizing an implementation science model, researchers will provide training, technical assistance, mentoring, and quality improvement for EHS staff and home child care providers delivering expanded services in Guilford County, N.C. The US/HHS Administration for Children and Families has designated several zip codes in this county as a high priority area and will provide funding for the purpose of expanding high-quality, comprehensive services for low-income infants and toddlers and their families.

Guilford Child Development (GCD), the grant applicant, will bring its deep experience with Early Head Start program administration and its extensive and longstanding networks of community and child care provider partnerships to a comprehensive and collaborative effort to expand access to high quality early childhood services to children and families in a high need area in Guilford County, NC. GCD and its partner, UNCG, will increase access to high quality early childhood care through a two-pronged approach: (A) Direct provision of high quality early childhood services through additional Early Head Start classrooms in Greensboro, NC; and (B) Comprehensive training to increase the knowledge and skills of child care staff and heighten the quality of care in homes and classrooms. This two-pronged approach will help to meet the immediate need for high quality child care while also building a broad base of early childhood professionals to continue to meet community needs.