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Child Development Research Center

The CDRC combines the experiences, strengths and skills of our faculty and researchers from multiple disciplines and focuses on issues related to children and systems that support their success in society.

Bridging research, policy and practice 

The Yvonne and Schuyler Moore Child Development Research Center at the University of South Carolina works to improve the quality of child care and education systems by collaborating with stakeholders, providing professional development and conducting research to enhance the lives of children and families. We are a multidisciplinary group of faculty members and researchers informing the field of education to support the growth and development of children.

Our scientifically rigorous and applied research impacts the work of teachers and policymakers regarding conditions that support children, families and communities. Additionally, it addresses the needs of children at risk for school failure.

We bring leading researchers and stakeholders interested in child development together to research and package findings for practical application by practitioners, policymakers and other interested groups.

Our work includes:

  • Data collection from primary and secondary sources
  • Cutting-edge applied research
  • Professional development for education practitioners
  • Community-based research, professional development and technical assistance
  • Active collaboration with traditional and nontraditional educational partners
  • Information dissemination
  • Active mentoring of new scholars

These efforts are establishing the center as a nationally-recognized model for bridging the research-to-policy-to-practice gaps in education.