For more than 30 years, researchers have known that low-income children often enter school at a serious disadvantage because they have not had the opportunity to experience home and school environments that encourage their language development. In this video, Dr. Judith Carta, Director of the Bridging the Word Gap Research Network (BWGRN) describes some of the major activities that the BWGRN has carried out to identify effective strategies that parents, caregivers, and communities can employ to create stronger early language learning environments. These include: (1) carrying out a national survey to identify the top 10 actionable BWG research priorities, (2) synthesizing the available research literature to identify what is known about effective language-promoting strategies and what gaps need to be addressed; (3) establishing a Practice-Based Research Collaborative of 12 researcher-program partnerships to develop new community-based interventions, and (4) establishing a program for mentoring emerging scholars. The ultimate goal is that these varied activities will make a “meaningful difference” in the language development of young children in poverty, ultimately promoting their readiness for school.
The Home Visiting Research Network (HVRN) aims to strengthen the role of home visiting as part of a comprehensive system of services targeted to high-risk expectant families and families with young children. It seeks to accomplish this goal through: (1) establishing a national agenda for home visiting research; (2) creating a national practice-based home visiting research network; (3) promoting the use of innovative methods in home visiting research; and (4 disseminating information on its research findings to researchers, professionals, policy makers, and the public. The Home Visiting Research Network is part of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, which is authorized through Title V of the Social Security Act, as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet) is a partnership between 12 of the country’s leading D-B pediatrics clinical, training, and research programs and the only national professional society devoted exclusively to developmental-behavioral pediatrics, the interdisciplinary Society for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP). DBPNet will focus on a broad range of developmental-behavioral disorders that includes, but is not limited to, ASD. This provides the Network with a unique and important role in investigating assessment practices, biomarkers, and psychosocial and pharmacological interventions for symptoms that occur commonly across many neurodevelopmental disorders.
The purpose of the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) is to establish and maintain a network infrastructure from which to conduct research on evidence-based practices for interventions to improve the physical health and wellbeing of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. Funding for the AIR-P network began in 2008. Key efforts of the AIR-P Network include research activities, tool and guideline development, mentoring of new investigators, and quality improvement work related to children and youth with ASD and other developmental disabilities.
Dr. Jay Schulkin, the Director of Research at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), discusses the Collaborative Ambulatory Research Network (CARN). CARN is a pregnancy-related care research network (PRCRN) with over 20 years of research efforts dedicated to assessing and improving provider practice patterns, determining the educational needs of health care providers to women, and focusing on addressing health care disparities and the needs of underserved populations.