Herman Knopf, Ph. D.

Research Scientist
Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Florida
Email: hknopf@coe.ufl.edu

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)

Curriculum Vita

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

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. Project funded by the US Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning Research and Evaluation
  • 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. Project Funded by SC Department of Education/ USDE
  • 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. Project funded by the South Carolina Department of Social Services
  • 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

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

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, 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.

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(4), 297-311

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(3), 493-451, DOI: 10.1007/s12187-010-9096-9

Knopf, H.T. & Brown, M. (2009). Lap-reading with kindergartners: So much more than literacy development. Young Children, 64(5), 80-87.

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