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Native Children’s Research Exchange

What is the Native Children’s Research Exchange?

The mission of the Native Children’s Research Exchange NCRE is to bring together researchers studying child and adolescent development in American Indian and Alaska Native communities in the U.S. and Canada. We gather annually to share in an open exchange of information and ideas, build collaborative relationships, mentor new scholars, and disseminate knowledge about Native child and adolescent development.
NCRE was founded in 2008 with funding from the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). With support from SRCD, the first conference was held in 2008 and a second in 2009. In 2010, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) awarded five additional years of funding to support annual conferences from 2010 to 2014, with a specific focus on understanding Native children’s development within the context of substance use (R13DA029391).
Starting in 2015, NCRE has been supported by the Tribal Early Childhood Research Center (TRC; which is funded by the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (90PH0017 and 90PH0027).   With TRC support, the NCRE has expanded to include an additional focus on early childhood in Native communities and a broader network of participants from the fields of Head Start, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting, and Child Care.
In 2019, the NCRE annual conference will be held Thursday and Friday, September 12th and 13th, with a welcome reception the evening of Wednesday, September 11th.  
Collectively, NCRE members’ work aims to address the following priorities:
  1. Development of scientifically- and culturally-grounded theories and methodologies for Native child development research prenatally through emerging adulthood.
  2. Critical evaluation of measurements, assessments, and diagnoses for Native youth.
  3. Development of culturally-adapted and culturally-based interventions effective for Native youth.
  4. Training and mentorship of scholars whose work focuses on Native child and adolescent development.
  5. Education of funders and the research community about the unique context of research in Native communities and the critical importance of community-based participatory research methods.
  6. Building collaboration among all scholars and practitioners interested in Native child and adolescent development.

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