The Foundation for Child Development is currently accepting proposals for its 2024 Young Scholars Program (YSP). YSP supports scholarship for early-career researchers.
The Foundation for Child Development believes that high-quality early learning experiences are crucial for the healthy lifelong development and learning of young children across the birth to age eight continuum. The Young Scholars Program (YSP) supports implementation research that is policy- and practice-relevant and that examines the preparation, competency, compensation, well-being, and ongoing professional learning of the early care and education (ECE) workforce. The Foundation believes that a deeper understanding of the role of ECE professionals in enhancing young children's early learning experiences can ultimately improve the chances for all children to reach their full potential.
Three specific goals frame the Foundation's current programmatic priority to strengthen the ECE workforce:
All proposed research must have primary questions that are relevant to at least one of the Foundation's three ECE workforce goals. For information on research focus, see https://www.fcd-us.org/assets/2023/04/2024-YSP-Guidelines_FINAL.pdf#page=2.
Applications that represent a variety of disciplines and methodological approaches are encouraged.
The Foundation is specifically interested in research that can strenthen the ECE professionals who serve the YSP priority populations of young children who experience the harmful effects of poverty, racism, xenophobia, prejudice, and discrimination across the birth to age eight continuum. For more information on priority populations, see https://www.fcd-us.org/assets/2023/04/2024-YSP-Guidelines_FINAL.pdf#page=2.