Release Date: August 5, 1998


National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is
soliciting competing continuation applications from the current awardees on
the NICHD Study of Early Child Care, a longitudinal examination of the
relationships between rearing environments and developmental outcomes.  In
1988, the Institute issued a Request for Applications (RFA) on ├żEffects of
Non-parental Infant Daycare on Child Development,├ż resulting in the
establishment of a cohort of infants and a national cooperative data
collection network.  In 1994, following completion of data collection for
Phase I, competing continuation applications were solicited from the
incumbents to implement a follow-up study (Phase II), starting when the
children reached second grade and following their development through the
fifth grade.  NICHD now intends to extend the study into middle childhood,
continuing to investigate the various contexts of development studied in the
first two phases (e.g., family, child care, school, and poverty) and their
impact on a variety of developmental domains.  To augment the current network
of investigators with experts in middle childhood developmental issues,
applications for participation in Phase III are being solicited through a
separate RFA.

NICHD staff will contact the current awardees directly regarding application
procedures and format.


Inquiries concerning this Notice may be directed to:

Sarah L. Friedman, Ph.D.
Center for Research for Mothers and Children
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
6100 Executive Boulevard, MSC 7510
Bethesda, MD  20892-7510
Telephone:  (301) 496-5097
FAX:  (301) 480-7773

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