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Early Childhood Research and Development Initiative

Enhancing Quality Through Research that Informs Policy Making

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What We Do

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Research and Development

We design and implement studies to support policymakers in designing high-quality programs for young children.
From this work, we develop products that early childhood educators and policymakers can use to improve services for young children and families.

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Post Doctoral Training

We provide funding to support postdoctoral scholars who are interested in early childhood leadership and policy.

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University of Kentucky, College of Education
Educational Leadership Studies
111 Dickey Hall, Lexington, KY 40506-0017

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Meet the Researchers

Collaborative ~ Creative ~ Innovative

Partnerships are at the core of what makes the projects and activities the Early Childhood Research and Development Initiative undertakes so rewarding. We’re proud of the commitment of the group of researchers we work with to young children and their families, with each member contributing their unique skills to the research projects we undertake. Together, we’ve planned and executed some of the most innovative and cutting-edge research designs and initiatives. Find out more about the researchers below.


Dr. Beth Rous, Director

Educational Leadership Studies
College of Education
University of Kentucky


Jaime Grove, Co-Director

Kentucky Early Childhood Data System
Human Development Institute
University of Kentucky

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Dr. Haley Bergstrom

Associate Professor
Kinesiology - Health Promotion
College of Education
University of Kentucky


Sajjid Budhwani

Sr. Research Analyst
Surrey School District 
British Columbia

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Dr. Kathryn Chapman

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Studies
School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies
College of Education
University of Florida


Dr. William Haneberg

Professor, Kentucky Geological Survey

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Dr. Dwight Irvin

Assistant Research Professor
Juniper Gardens Children's Project
University of Kansas

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Dr. Justin Lane

Associate Professor
Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, & Counselor Education

University of Kentucky

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Dr. Ying Luo

Assistant Professor
Computer Information Technology & Graphics
Purdue University Northwest

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Emily Morris

GIS Analyst
KY Geological Survey

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Dr. Joanne Rojas

Associate Director
Child Care Aware
Human Development Institute
University of Kentucky

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Dr. Victoria  Sherif

Assistant Professor
College of Applied Studies
Wichita State University

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