The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) was founded in 1966 by a small group of scientists who had a vision – to conduct research that would make a difference in children's lives, support families, and inform public policy. Since its inception FPG has recognized that every child deserves a safe, healthy, and stimulating childhood, and our work has been dedicated to making this experience a reality for all children. For over 45 years, FPG research, outreach, technical assistance, and service have shaped how the nation cares for and educates young children.
Today we are one of the nation's oldest and largest multidisciplinary centers devoted to the study of young children and their families. About 300 researchers, implementation and technical assistance specialists, staff, and students work on over 80 projects related to developmental disabilities; early care and education; physical and social health; professional development, technical assistance, and implementation science; public policy and evaluation; and racial, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity. Our work crosses many disciplines from anthropology and audiology to psychiatry and public health. In addition to our projects, we have a nationally accredited child care center that serves 80 families with young children, including those with disabilities and those at risk for later school problems.
FPG researchers study important issues facing young children and their families, and we use this information to enhance policy and improve practice. We are committed to sharing the information we generate with the public and to supporting professionals’ understanding and use of evidence-based practices. Like other top tier research organizations, our work is published in the most respected journals and publications in our field. What sets us apart is our effort to ensure that parents, educators, and other professionals who interact with children and families benefit from our work in a timely manner. FPG’s dedication to both research and outreach is embodied in our motto: Advancing knowledge. Enhancing lives.