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Summer Institute 2017

The Tribal Early Childhood Research Center (TRC) hosted a Summer Institute, from July 10-14, 2017 at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for American Indian Health in Baltimore, MD.   The TRC Summer Institute provided graduate level coursework and mentorship to students interested in pursuing early childhood research with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities especially as related to Head Start, Home Visiting, and Child Care.  In addition to completing a 2-credit course, TRC Summer Institute participants had the opportunity to meet with Summer Institute faculty for mentoring and to learn more about the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Center for American Indian Health graduate programs. 
A total of 5 TRC Summer Institute scholarships were awarded on a competitive basis.  Scholarships provided support for scholars, health leaders, health professionals, and paraprofessionals serving AI/AN.

Course Description:


Early Childhood Research with Tribal Communities is a 2-credit graduate level course that: 1) explores research methods and theoretical approaches to understanding early childhood development in tribal contexts; 2) considers systems of early childhood care and education to serve the needs of young children and families in tribal communities, and 3) examines unique aspects of tribal culture with respect to early development and research, including, an emphasis on community-based and community-engaged approaches.


Questions and Contact Information:


If you have any questions about the TRC Summer Institute, please contact Caitlin Trucksess at 303-724-6521 or


Funding for the TRC Summer Institute and Scholarships:


The Tribal Early Childhood Research Center Summer Institute and scholarships are supported by a grant from the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. Additional scholarship support is provided by the Johns Hopkins University Center for American Indian Health.  The TRC is a partnership between the University of Colorado, Colorado School of Public Health, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, Michigan State University, University Outreach and Engagement, and the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Harvard Medical School.



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