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2012 Summit Postconference Website

The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS) and the Buffett Early Childhood Institute (BECI) invite you to review proceedings from the 2012 CYFS Summit on Research in Early Childhood held April 25, 2012.

Purposes of the Research Summit

The day-long event was designed to:

  • Communicate front-line early childhood research findings emanating from CYFS
  • Link early childhood research with ongoing efforts in the early childhood field of practice
  • Advance the science of early childhood education and development via connections between community partners, key stakeholders, early childhood practitioners and CYFS researchers

Guest Speakers


Dr. Susan Sheridan

Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families & Schools
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

President James B. Milliken

University of Nebraska


Dr. Arthur J. Reynolds

Institute of Child Development
University of Minnesota

Dr. Arthur J. Reynolds is a professor at the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development. His research focuses on the effects of early childhood intervention on children's development from school entry to early adulthood, along with family and school influences on children's educational success. Reynolds seeks to understand the processes by which early childhood determinants such as maltreatment, delinquency and crime, educational attainment, and economic well-being affect development into adulthood. More broadly, he studies the effects of child development and evaluation research on social policy.

Reynolds co-directs the Human Capital Research Collaborative at the University of Minnesota. He also serves as director of the Chicago Longitudinal Study, which is tracking the life-course development of 1500 children who attended early childhood programs in inner-city Chicago. The study focuses primarily on the effects of the Child-Parent Center program, a school-based intervention from preschool to the early school grades. Reynolds is also directing an expansion of the Child-Parent Center Program in 30 Midwestern schools that will begin this fall. He has published numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on the longitudinal effects of early childhood intervention programs on education, economic well-being, health, mental health and family outcomes.


Tracy Gordon

Co-Executive Director
Nebraska AEYC

Jennifer M. Hernandez

Policy Associate
First Five Nebraska

Eleanor Kirkland

Head Start Early Childhood Systems
Head Start State Collaboration Office

Dawn Mollenkopf

Associate Professor
University of Nebraska-Kearney


Dr. Marjorie Kostelnik

College of Education and Human Sciences
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Research Presentations

CYFS faculty affiliates presented early childhood research projects related to early learning and development, family engagement, professional development, and the economic impacts of early intervention.

Sessions included two brief presentations on related research topics, with subsequent small-group discussions giving attendees the opportunity to address connections among research, practice and policy.

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Contact Info
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please contact CYFS.
Link  (402) 472-2448