The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Oregon State University-Cascades researcher Shannon Lipscomb a $1.5 million grant to develop and test a program to help teachers improve the school readiness of preschoolers who have been exposed to trauma.
The four-year grant from the Office of Early Learning is the largest award ever for OSU-Cascades, the OSU branch campus in Central Oregon. The grant includes funding for two staff researchers, who will begin work in September. Undergraduate and graduate student workers and volunteers will also participate in the research, assisting faculty in developing the program and collecting data to evaluate.
The research project will focus on teachers in Head Start, child care and preschool programs in Central Oregon. Head Start is a federally funded program focused on school readiness for children and families living in poverty. Over 500 children in Central Oregon attend Head Start each year and thousands attend other early learning programs.
Human development and family sciences is one of the largest degree programs at OSU-Cascades. Students and faculty in the program study how people of all ages develop within the context of families, schools, work, communities and other social-cultural environments. Graduates work in services sectors including education, non-profits, counseling, health care and government agencies.