Herman Knopf, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies

hknopf@coe.ufl.edu

Biography

Dr. Knopf’s research interests include child care accessibility, parent selection of child care, early childhood workforce professional development and use of administrative data. He is collaborating with policymakers in both South Carolina and Florida to develop a Child Care Access Index that measures the extent to which vulnerable children and families have reasonable access to high quality early education and care. He is engaged in several community-based initiatives that work to bridge the research-to-practice divide by implementing evidence-based practices in local early care and learning settings.

Dr. Knopf has a three-fold mission to strengthen several systems in his research projects for the U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning Research and Evaluation and the South Carolina Department of Social Services. He is 1) providing professional development to childcare providers, 2) measuring and supporting child and family access to quality childcare services, and 3) coordinating efforts to leverage existing resources to ensure children with and without special needs receive care that supports early development and learning.

As a result of his work, he collaborated with the South Carolina Department of Social Services, to found the Child Care Policy Research team, which uses state administrative data to answer research questions related to early childhood policy and practices to support positive outcomes.

Recent Grants

Studying the Impact of HB1091 on Child Care Access in Hillsborough County

  • Funded by Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County
    (03/01/2020 – 06/30/2020)
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Budget/Award: $12,767

Sunshine State Early Childhood Information Portal: Florida’s Early Childhood Integrated Data System

  • Funded by US Administration for Children and Families Preschool Development Grant B-5, Florida’s Office of Early Learning
    (07/01/2019 – 06/30/2020)
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Budget/Award: $732,390

Measuring and Mapping Child Care Access in Alabama

  • Funded by Alabama Department of Human Services
    Sub-Award through the University of Alabama
    (10/01/2019 – 09/30/2020)
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Budget/Award: $50,000

Building a Statewide System for Inclusion

  • Funded by US Department of Health and Human Services; South Carolina Department for Social Services, Office of Early Care and Education
    Sub-Award through the University of South Carolina
    (10/01/2019 – 09/30/2020)
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Budget/Award: $38,469

Preschool Development Grant Birth-5 Statewide Needs Assessment

  • US Administration for Children and Families Preschool Development Grant B-5
    Sub-Award through Florida’s Office of Early Learning
    (03/01/2016 – 07/30/2019)
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Budget/Award: $235,000

OEL Web Portal Addendum to Pilot FL Index of Child Care Access

  • Funded by US Administration for Children and Families, Florida’s Office of Early Learning
    (07/01/2016 – 06/30/2019)
  • Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Budget/Award: $38,382

South Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral Network

  • Funded by US Department of Health and Human Services; South Carolina Department for Social Services, Office of Early Care and Education
    Sub-Award through the University of South Carolina
    (09/01/2016 – 06/30/2018)
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Budget/Award: $105,326

Building a Statewide System for Inclusion. US Department of Health and Human Services

  • Funded by South Carolina Department for Social Services, Office of Early Care and Education
    Sub-Award through the University of South Carolina
    (10/01/2016 – 09/30/2018)
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Budget/Award: $76,800

Child Care Accessibility Index

  • Funded by US Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning Research and Evaluation 
    Sub-Award through the University of South Carolina
    (09/01/2016 – 02/30/2018)
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Budget/Award: $28,040

Management and Administration of South Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral Network

  • Funded by the South Carolina Department of Social Services
    (7/1/2016 – 6/30/2021)
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Budget/Award: $8,543,797

Administrative Data to Inform State CCDBG Subsidy Policies

  • Funded by the US Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning Research and Evaluation
    (10/1/2015 – 2/28/2017)
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Budget/Award: $148,502

SC Gateways: Preschool Initiative

  • Funded by SC Department of Education/ USDE
    (10/1/2015 – 9/30/2016)
  • Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Budget/Award: $100,399

Building a Statewide System for Inclusion

  • Funded by the South Carolina Department of Social Services
    (2012 – 2016)
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Budget/Award: $2,118,198

Management and Administration of South Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral Network

  • Funded by the South Carolina Department of Social Services
    (2011 – 2016)
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Budget/Award: $6,767,842

Affiliations

  • Secretary, Board of Directors of the Children’s Health, Imagination, Learning and Development Center, 2016-Present 

  • Chair, Technical Advisory Committee to the Children’s Trust of Alachua County, 2019-Present

  • Steering Committee for the Child Care Research and Policy Consortium, 2009 — present
  • Leadership Team Member, Children’s Health, Imagination, Learning & Development (CHILD) Center
  • Research Representative, T.E.A.C.H. Moving the Needle on Early Childhood Compensation Workgroup, Florida Team
  • Higher Education Representative, Office of Early Learning Inclusion Credential/Endorsement Workgroup

Select Publications

Sherlock, P.R., Knopf, H. T. (under review). Revisiting the Reliability of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System. Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability

Parsons, A. A., Walsemann, K. M, Jones, S. J., Knopf, H., & Blake, C. E. (2016). The influence of dominant obesity discourse on child health narratives: A qualitative study. Critical Public Health, 26, 602-614. doi:10.1080/09581596.2016.1164298

Swick, K., Knopf, H., Williams, R., & Fields, E. (2013). Family-school strategies for responding to the needs of children experiencing chronic stress. Early Childhood Education Journal, 41, 181-186. doi:10.1007/s10643-012-0546-5

Tanyel, N. & Knopf, H.T. (2011). Does using digital media in assessment affect teacher practices in infant and toddler classrooms? International Journal of Early Years Education 19, 297-311. doi:10.1080/09669760.2011.644923

Lavenda, O., Hunter, B., McInerney, N., Bolick, L., Haselden, C., Tester, D., Knopf, H., & Ha, Y. (2011). Administrative data as children’s well-being indicators: The South Carolina data bridge project. Child Indicators Research, 4, 493-451. doi:10.1007/s12187-010-9096-9

Knopf, H.T. & Brown, M. (2009). Lap-reading with kindergartners: Nurturing literacy skills and so much more. Young Children, 64, 80-87.

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Herman Knopf, Ph.D.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction,
    University of Florida
  • M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education,
    University of Florida
  • B.A. in Special Education,
    University of Florida

Awards & Appointments

  • Research Scientist for Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies University of Florida (2016-Present)
  • Research Director for Yvonne & Schuyler Moore Child Development Research Center University of South Carolina, Columbia (2013-2016)
  • Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
    University of South Carolina, Columbia (2010-2016)
  • Southeastern Conference Visiting Scholar, University of Florida, Gainesville (2016)
  • University of South Carolina College of Education
    Leonard Maiden Spirit of Service Award (2009)
  • University of South Carolina Office of Student Disability Services
    Two Thumbs Up Award (2005)
  • Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education
    University of South Carolina, Columbia (2004-2010)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant University of Florida, College of Education, Gainesville, FL (2002-2004)
  • Director of Professional Development O2B Kids, Inc., Child Care Program, Gainesville, FL (2002-2004)
  • Child Care Director O2B Kids, Inc., Child Care Program, Gainesville, FL (2000-2004)
  • Instructor of Child Development Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, FL (2000-2001)
  • Lead Teacher (4 Year-olds) O2B Kids, Inc., Child Care Program, Gainesville, FL (1999-2000)
  • Elementary School Teacher (1st Grade)
    Littlewood Elementary School, Gainesville, FL (1998-1999)