Pentagon Picks Purdue to Develop Child Care Curriculum

The Defense Department, in partnership with the Agriculture Department’s Institute of Food and Agriculture, has awarded a five-year grant to Purdue University to design a curriculum for child care programs in military bases.

Purdue’s Human Development and Family Studies Department will create a curriculum designed to be extensive and based on evidence to support the welfare of children from birth until around the age of 5, Purdue’s Liz Evans wrote Monday.

Plans are also in place to apply the curriculum for civilian childhood education initiatives.

“This award provides an opportunity to translate the findings of early childhood research into a large-scale program of best practices in the education and care of young children,” said HDFS Professor Douglas Powell, a principal investigator for the project.

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, an HDFS professor and director of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue, will serve as co-principal investigator.

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