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 early 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 early childhood education to support the growth and development of children.
Our scientifically rigorous and applied research impacts the work of early childhood practitioners and policymakers regarding conditions that effectively support children and families. Additionally, it addresses the needs of children at risk for school failure.
Our work is at the heart of activities involving evidence-based practices that improve services and support for children and their families. 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 the field of early childhood education.