Steering Committees: The TRC consults with three Steering Committees of our
key tribal early childhood partners in Head Start, Home Visiting, and Child
Care. The Steering Committees are comprised of tribal program directors from
across the country, as well as researchers whose work focuses on AIAN
children’s development. The Steering Committees convene annually to provide
guidance on the goals, activities, and progress of the TRC and to share their
practice-based knowledge. Many Steering Committee members serve as members of
the TRC Communities of Learning and Workgroups. Often, the Steering Committees
convene at times and in places that allow Steering Committee members to attend
research conferences, such as the Native Children’s Research Exchange and the
ACF National Research Conference on Early Childhood in order to facilitate the
sharing of knowledge from research to practice, and practice to research.
and planned Steering Committee meetings are as follows:
September 9, 2015: Joint TRC Head Start,
Home Visiting and Child Care Steering Committee meeting held in conjunction with the 2015 Native Children’s Research Exchange meeting in Aurora, CO.
June 8, 2016: TRC Home Visiting Steering
Committee meeting held in conjunction with the annual Maternal, Infant, Early
Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Grantee Meeting in Washington, DC.
July 14, 2016: Joint TRC Head Start and Child Care Steering Committee meeting held in conjunction with the ACF National Research Conference on Early Childhood meeting in Washington, DC. Two TRC sessions will be presented, allowing for Steering Committee member participation and co-presentation – the AI/AN FACES session mentioned previously (“A First Look at the Children and Families Served by Tribal Head Start Programs: Representative Data to Inform Policy,”) and a TRC poster session (“The Tribal Early Childhood Research Center Community of Learning Approach to Promote Tribal-University Partnership-Based Research on Early Development in Tribal Contexts”).