$15 million federal grant will expand Child-Parent Centers

This article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline “$15 million well spent.” More from this issue »

A partnership of 11 education and nonprofit agencies, including Erikson, was awarded an Investing in Innovation, or “i3,” grant of $15 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Education.

The project will implement the Child-Parent Center (CPC) education program, one of the nation’s most comprehensive early childhood interventions, in six school districts and 33 sites in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. The project was developed by the Human Capital Research Collaborative, a partnership between the University of Minnesota and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and its partners.
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About the project

The CPC project was one of 23 selected nationwide from more than 600 applications for an i3 grant. An estimated 9,000 children ages 3 to 9 will be served through this project, 2,350 children beginning in preschool and 6,500 through services in kindergarten to grade 3.

Program sites include the Chicago Public Schools, Saint Paul Public Schools, Milwaukee Public Schools, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Normal School District 5 in Illinois, Virginia Minnesota Public Schools, and Arrowhead Head Start in rural Minnesota.


Erikson to provide professional development

Image: Chris Maxwell, Director of Erikson's News Schools Project

Chris Maxwell, Director of Erikson’s News Schools Project

As part of the project, Chris Maxwell, director of Erikson’s New Schools Project, will develop a PreK–3rd grade professional development system for participating sites.

Professor Barbara Bowman is a co-principal investigator, and President Samuel J. Meisels sits on the advisory committee.