Updated: November 30, 2013 5:35PM
WEST LAFAYETTE — A team led by Purdue University researchers has been tapped to create a curriculum for U.S. Department of Defense child development centers serving more than 200,000 children around the world.
Professors Douglass Powell and Shelly MacDermid Wadsworth are principal investigators for the research into early childhood development and school readiness.
Powell tells the Journal and Courier newspaper of Lafayette that what children learn from birth to age 5 can determine how well they do in school.
The Purdue team will use a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to mine research from scholarly journals and major foundations and develop a curriculum for children up to age 5.
That will then be piloted in Department of Defense child care centers and could eventually be expanded to civilian centers.