NYU Steinhardt News

McWayne, Melzi Receive NIH Grant

Christine McWayne, assistant professor, and Gigliana Melzi, associate professor, of NYU Steinhardt's Department of Applied Psychology have received a grant of $143,500 from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to study Latino family involvement and children's school readiness.

The pair has designed a pilot study to conduct an investigation of the specific and unique ways that Latino families support children's school readiness through their involvement behaviors. Integrating quantitative and qualitative research methods, the study aims to understand Latino parents' conceptualization of family involvement in their children's early educational experiences; to develop a culturally-relevant, multidimensional measure of family involvement; and to examine the culturally-relevant construct of family involvement in relation to important areas of school readiness.

The knowledge gained from this study has the potential to inform the design of culturally responsive family involvement programs to enhance child development within New York City's Child Care and Head Start systems and will have implications for early childhood programs serving Latino families and children across the nation.