Ph.D. student Jennifer Duer has received a dissertation grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children and Families. Her ACF grant provides $25,000 for one-year of doctoral research that promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities.
Under the guidance of dissertation advisor Assistant Professor Jade Jenkins, Duer will be examining the effects of early Head Start, a program that promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.
Throughout her doctoral studies, Duer has examined the characteristics of early childhood education programs participating in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and the implications of blended funding models in early childhood settings. Researching Early Head Start and its impacts on children and families has been a focus of her work.
Duer's research will complement the research being conducted by Dr. Jenkins, who has recently been awarded three major grants: (a) Hellman Fellowship Grant, 2019-2020: The Impacts of State Early Childhood Policies on Children with Disabilities; (b) National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Grant, 2019-2024: Factors in Persistence Versus Fadeout of Early Childhood Intervention Impacts; and (c) Spencer Foundation Grant, 2018-2020: The Returns of an Additional Year of Schooling: The Case of State-Mandated Kindergarten.
Duer is the fourth recent doctoral student to receive a ACF dissertation grant. Previous recipients are alumna Elizabeth B. Miller, Ph.D., currently Project Director at New York University Institute of Human Development and Social Change SMART Beginnings; alumna Anamarie Auger, Ph.D., Associate Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation; and alumna Tutrang Nguyen, Ph.D., IES Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, University of Virginia Curry School of Education and Human Development.