Research Projects

  1. Investigator/Consultant, Harnessing the Power of Technology to Advance Education About Child Abuse Hershey Medical Center, College of Medicine, Penn State University, Center for Online Innovation in Learning, Hershey, Pennsylvania, 2017-2022.
  2. Investigator/Consultant, iLookOut for Child Abuse Prevention Project, College of Medicine, Hershey Medical Center, Penn State University, National Institute for Health, Washington, D.C., 2016-2021. (NICHD-R01HD088448-01)
  3. Investigator/Consultant/Evaluator, Supporting Quality Infant-Toddler Early Learning Pilot Project, Better Kid Care, Penn State Extension, College of Agriculture Sciences, Penn State University, William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2017-2020.
  4. Senior Consultant/Investigator, Licensing Measurement, Differential Monitoring, Key Indicator, Risk Assessment Modeling, National Association for Regulatory Administration, 2015 – 2020.  Please see the National Association for Regulatory Administration Key Indicator Projects for any future research projects. (AZ Proposal)   Listing of projects.
  5. Consultant, National Center for Early Childhood Quality Assurance, ICFI, Office of Child Care, Administration of Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., 2015-2020.
  6. Consultant/Investigator, National Head Start Monitoring System, Lewin Group, Danya International, Office of Head Start, Washington, D.C., 2015-2020.
  7. Co-Principal Investigator, Developing a Valid and Reliable BASICS Health and Safety Checklist, Early Childhood Education Linkage System, Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics with the University of California at San Francisco as prime contractor, proposal developed.
  8. Investigator/Evaluator, Infant Toddler Quality Improvement Project, Pennsylvania Early Childhood Linkage System, Pennsylvania Chapter: American Academy of Pediatrics, Federal Department of Maternal and Child Health, Health Resources and Services Administration, $420,000, 2013-2016.
  9. Consultant/Investigator, Ontario Child Care Risk Based Assessment System, Ministry of Education, Province of Ontario, Canada, $12,995, 2015-16.
  10. Principal Investigator, New York Key Indicators for Centers and Homes/Quality Indicators, Fund for the City of New York, $18,000, 2015-16.
  11. Principal Investigator, Colorado QRIS Key Indicators Project, Qualistar Colorado, $15,000, 2014.
  12. Principal Investigator, Illinois Risk Assessment and Key Indicators Project, National Association for Regulatory Administration, $22,000, 2014.
  13. Principal Investigator, Wisconsin Differential Monitoring and Risk Assessment Project, National Association for Regulatory Administration, $2,000, 2014.
  14. Principal Investigator, Hawaii Key Indicator Blueprint Project, University of Hawaii, $9,000, 2013.
  15. Principal Investigator, Oregon Differential Monitoring, Key Indicator and Risk Assessment Blueprint Project, Oregon Licensing Office, and BLH Technologies, $16,500, 2013.
  16. Principal Investigator, Kansas Child Care Key Indicators Project, National Association for Regulatory Administration, $16,000, 2013.
  17. Principal Investigator, Office of Head Start Key Indicators Project, Administration of Children and Families, Federal Department of Health and Human Services, $42,000, 2012-2013.
  18. Co-Investigator/Consultant, Georgia Licensing and Monitoring Project, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, $20,000, 2012-2013.
  19. Principal Investigator, Georgia Child Care Compliance Project, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, Atlanta, Georgia, $160,000, 2011-2013.
  20. Investigator, California Human Services Key Indicator Inspection Model Project, National Association for Regulatory Administration and California Office of Licensing, $15,000, 2011-2012.
  21. Principal Investigator, Child Care Standards Cruise to Quality Project, Cruise Line Industry, Miami, Florida, $65,000, 2010-2012.
  22. Principal Investigator, Early Childhood Education, Infant, and Toddler Professional Development and Quality Improvement Program, Greater Harrisburg Foundation, Wells Foundation, Whitaker Foundation, and Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Department of Public Welfare, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, $7,650,000, 2000-2012.
  23. Co-Principal Investigator with Betsy Manlove and Margaret Benson, Characteristics of Regulated Child Care in Rural Pennsylvania, Center for Rural Pennsylvania, $49,994, 2009-2010
  24. Co-Investigator with James Johnson and Kathleen MacKinnon, National PK-3 Pre-Service Teacher Education Project, Foundation for Child Development, New York, New York, $130,000, 2008-2009.
  25. Co-Principal Investigator with Matthew Kaplan, Adult Residential Living Training Project, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, $496,142, 2006-2007.
  26. Co-Principal Investigator with James Johnson, Early Childhood Development Initiative, Children, Youth and Families Consortium, Social Sciences Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, $20,000, 2006-2007.
  27. Co-Investigator with Barbara Carl, York Quantum Human Services Planning and Evaluation, York County YWCA, York, Pennsylvania, $30,000, 2005-2006.
  28. Principal Investigator, Mind in the Making Evaluation, Pennsylvania Key/Office of Child Development, Department of Education, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, $33,519, 2005-2006.
  29. Co-Principal Investigator with Elizabeth Manlove, Judy Zaengline, Jane Keat, Caroline Owens, & Beth Gill-McDonald, Family Communications Early Childhood Workshop Evaluation Project, SAMHSA, Washington, DC, $100,000, 2003-2006.
  30. Co-Principal Investigator with Anne Farber, Keystone Stars Evaluation, University of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, $15,800, 2002-2004
  31. Principal Investigator, Mentoring Evaluation Projects, York, Lebanon, Cumberland, Lycoming counties, Department of Public Welfare, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, $79,000, 2002-2003.
  32. Co-Principal Investigator with Mark Greenberg, The Pennsylvania Early Childhood Quality Study, Governor’s Task Force on Early Care and Education, Governor’s Partnership, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, $560,000, 2002-2003.
  33. Principal Investigator, Lycoming-Clinton Head Start Family Child Care Mentoring Evaluation, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, $78,000, 2000-2002.
  34. Principal Investigator, Louise Child Care Mentoring Evaluation, Heinz Foundation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, $4000, 2001-2002.
  35. Principal Investigator, National Accreditation Validation Outcome Project, National Child Care Association, Atlanta, Georgia, $10,000, 1999-2000.
  36. Co-Principal Investigator with R. Neal, National Standards Research Project, National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care, University of Colorado at Denver, Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Washington, D.C., $130,000, 1999-2000.
  37. Co-Principal Investigator with J. Johnson, Children, Youth and Families Child Care and Information Technology, Children, Youth and Families Consortium, The Pennsylvania State University & Keystone University Research Corporation (Erie), University Park, Pennsylvania, $105,500, 1998-2000.
  38. Principal Investigator, Georgia Weighted Indicator Project, Georgia Child Care Leadership Forum, Atlanta, Georgia, $25,000, 1996-1997.
  39. Co-Principal Investigator with C. Kuhns, National Evaluation Instrument for the APHA/AAP Standards Project, National Center for Early Childhood Program Evaluation; National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Georgetown University, Early Childhood Health Division, Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., $210,000, 1993-1995.
  40. Principal Investigator, Maryland Licensing Indicator Systems Project, Maryland Office of Child Development, Baltimore, Maryland, $17,000, 1993-1994.
  41. Principal Investigator, National Child Care Association’s (NCCA) National Early Childhood Program Accreditation System, and National Pilot Study, National Child Care Association, Atlanta, Georgia, $21,000, 1991-1993.
  42. Co-Principal Investigator with S. Aronson, Early Childhood Education Linkage System, Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Office of Maternal and Child Health, Federal Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ $737,000, 1989-1993.
  43. Co-Principal Investigator with S. Melnick, Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Evaluation Project, Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg. Office of Maternal and Child Health, Federal Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ, $150,842, 1989-1992.
  44. Co-Principal Investigator with S. Melnick, State of Washington Licensing Matrix Project, Department of Social and Health Services, Olympia, Washington, $121,375, 1991-1992.
  45. Co-Principal Investigator with S. Melnick, Ken-Crest Centers, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Abandoned Infant Assistance Program–Technology Dependent Babies Evaluation Project. Administration for Children Youth and Families, Federal Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., $59,825, 1990-1992.
  46. Co-Principal Investigator with S. Melnick, Pennsylvania Early Childhood Program Quality Study, Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg. Pennsylvania Office of Policy and Evaluation, Department of Public Welfare, Harrisburg, Pennsylania, $50,000, 1988-1990.
  47. Co-Principal Investigator with H. Williams and R. Lesniak, Child Care Training Needs Survey Project, Continuing Education Division and the Behavioral Science and Education Division, Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg, Middletown, Pennsylvania, $5,000, 1988-1989.
  48. Co-Principal Investigator with S. Kontos, Pennsylvania Day Care Study, Pennsylvania Office of Children Youth and Families and the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, $10,000, 1984-1986.
  49. Principal Investigator, Children’s Services Monitoring Transfer Consortium, Washington, D.C., Office of Human Development Services, Federal Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and Federal Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., $450,000, 1980-1982.
  50. Principal Investigator, Evaluation and Monitoring Project, Governor’s Office for Human Resources, HEW# A4243451B, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, $120,000, 1975-1977.
  51. Principal Investigator, Day Care Group Size Study, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC# 260016, Greensboro, North Carolina, $25,000, 1973-1974.



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