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The Sunshine State Early Childhood Information Portal project is a collaboration involving many disciplines and agencies to enhance data infrastructure through the construction of an Early Childhood Integrated Data System (ECIDS) and information portal.


Principal Investigator(s): Herman T Knopf, PD/PI; Elizabeth Ann Shenkman, Co-PD/PI

Project PREPARE awarded funding to pay tuition for Masters’ degrees for sixty students from five cohorts of the Unified Early Childhood (UEC) program at the University of Florida during a five-year period.


Principal Investigator(s): Mary McLean, PD/PI

The purpose of PLECSIS is to provide doctoral scholars at the University of Florida with expertise in special education, early childhood studies, research and evaluation methods, and implementation science.


Principal Investigator(s): Maureen Conroy, PD/PI

This project aims to create research that can be used to make data-informed decisions to address child care access needs across Alabama, particularly for children and families eligible for child care subsidy.


Principal Investigator(s): Herman T Knopf, PD/PI

The FL-EPIC ESPD project includes the development of a statewide system that includes training, practice-based coaching, and tools for early intervention providers across the state of Florida.


Principal Investigator(s): Patricia Snyder, PD/PI; Brian Reichow, Co-PD/PI

BEST in CLASS-Web is a targeted, classroom-based intervention for young children at risk for social-emotional learning and behavioral delays and support children’s engagement.


Principal Investigator(s): Maureen Conroy, PD/PI

BEST in CLASS Elementary is a Tier 2 intervention designed to address behavioral needs of children in Kindergarten to 3rd grade.


Principal Investigator(s): Maureen Conroy, PD/PI

This project compares professional development approaches to determine which are most effective in helping teachers implement embedded instruction practices with young children with disabilities. Researchers will examine the impact of the intervention on the quality of teachers’ embedded instruction practices.


Principal Investigator(s): Patricia Snyder, PI; Mary McLean, Co-PI; James Algina, Co-PI