Early Childhood Initiative

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enhancing early childhood experiences in new Hampshire

 

The University of New Hampshire's Early Childhood Initiative is led by Dr. Kimberly Nesbitt from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and is located within the College of Health and Human Services. The Initiative is dedicated to improving outcomes for New Hampshire's children through collaboration with families, schools, and communities.

 

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Preschool Development Grant


New Hampshire's UNH-led Preschool Development Grant continues New Hampshire's efforts to better understand the current early childhood system and use those data to strengthen the system, better address the needs of vulnerable young children and their families, and help build a solid foundation to improve outcomes for NH's children, families, schools, and communities. The three-year (2020-2022), $26.8 million grant, will help to build New Hampshire’s early childhood care and education system to be effective, inclusive, responsive, efficient, and evidence-informed. 
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Play-based Learning


The Early Childhood Initiative is committed to play-based learning coaching and teaching. Associate Professor and PDG primary investigator Dr. Kimberly Nesbitt, the UNH Early Learning Coaching Team, and PDG staff are spearheading efforts to share best practices and promote successful implementation of play-based learning statewide through practice-based coaching, professional development for key stakeholders, the creation and dissemination of resources, and research.
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Coaching for Quality Early Care & Education


The UNH Early Learning Coaching Team is supporting the NH Department of Health and Human Services' revised Quality Recognition and Improvement System (QRIS), known as Granite Steps for Quality (GSQ), by providing practice-based coaching to infant, toddler, and preschool programs. The goal of GSQ, practice-based coaching, and promoting best practices statewide is to improve the quality of early childhood education in New Hampshire, leading to greater positive outcomes for children and families.  
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Leading the Way for New Hampshire's Children

Leading the Way for New Hampshire's Children

UNH leads effort to transform the State's early childhood education system...

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Teachers work with students at the Child Study and Development Center at UNH

Ensuring Bright Futures

Ensuring Bright Futures

UNH leads effort to strengthen New Hampshire’s early childhood system...

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CHHS student with child at Child Study Development Center

UNH Awarded $3.8 Million Preschool Development Grant

UNH Awarded $3.8 Million Preschool Development Grant

Funding will help improve New Hampshire's early childhood education system...

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The Preschool Development Grant is sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (Award# 90TP0060-01-00). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization or agency that provided support for the project.