August 02, 2002

Faculty from the College of Health and Human Development have received an eight-year, $1.25 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to evaluate a comprehensive early childhood education program recently unveiled by the Harrisburg School District.
The program, "Reaching Early Achievement for Children in Harrisburg," or REACH, will provide year-round educational opportunities and social and health-care services to 3- and 4-year-old children to help them succeed in school and in life. In addition to the Penn State grant, the Kellogg Foundation provided the school district with a four-year, $4 million grant to implement the REACH program.
Penn State's award will be used to evaluate students participating in REACH from the time they enter the program until they reach age 12. Mark T. Greenberg, holder of the Edna Peterson Bennett chair in human development and family studies and director of the Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, will serve as the principal investigator for the eight-year evaluation component. Others Penn State researchers involved in the grant include Linda Burton, professor of human development and sociology and director of the Center for Human Development and Family Research in Diverse Contexts; Celene Domitrovich, assistant director of the Prevention Research Center; and Dee Frisque, project manager for the Center for Human Development and Family Research in Diverse Contexts.

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