Education and Child Development

The Education and Child Development Department engages in clinical-based research that studies the impact of prematurity on development and health outcomes. The research has implications for medical treatments, potential interventions and policy changes.

Examples include research that: The Interdisciplinary Center for Program Evaluation studies:


Tracking Infant Progress Statewide is a clinical project funded by DHSS with the goal of standardizing the system of follow up for high risk newborns in the state. Neurodevelopmental outcome data is collected and analyzed to ensure ongoing screening that maximizes early identification of developmental problems. Under the direction of Howard Needelman MD and Kerry Miller, PhD, the findings from the project help to guarantee appropriate developmental follow up for children and allows NICU staff evaluate the care they provide. The information collected helps other families know what may be expected in their child’s development.