Midwest CPC Expansion

Overview | 2016-2017 Schools

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Child-Parent Center Introduction Video

This video outlines the history of the Child-Parent Centers, evidence behind their cost effectiveness, and the expansion of the model through an Investing in Innovation grant from the US Department of Education.


The Midwest Expansion of the Child-Parent Center Education Program, Preschool to Third Grade or “Midwest CPC Expansion” project is a targeted school reform effort currently in two Midwestern states. The CPC aims to strengthen achievement of preschool through elementary school-aged children from low-income families. By partnering with 12 local education and nonprofit agencies in Illinois and Minnesota, the University of Minnesota is working to implement, research, and sustain the CPC model in high-need schools. The project is directed by Dr. Arthur Reynolds at the University’s Human Capital Research Collaborative. Co-Principal Investigators include Dr. Art Rolnick (UMN), Dr. Judy Temple (UMN), and Barbara Bowman (Erikson Institute).

The project’s purpose is to validate and assess generalizability of the CPC model to a broad array of social contexts. In the current project, a target group of nearly 2,500 preschool children in 30 schools are being compared with children in comparison schools receiving typical services and followed to the end of the program in third grade.  More than 6,000 additional students will receive program services in kindergarten to third grade.

The Midwest CPC Expansion is funded by the Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund for 2011. You can learn more about the i3 Fund at the Investing in Innovation Fund’s website, and about the private section funding partners on the Partners & Sponsors page.

2016-2017 Schools

We have a great deal to celebrate since our Investing in innovation grant was announced in 2011.  More children than ever before are receiving CPC services. Expansion and sustainability of full-day preK, increases in attendance, stronger school-family partnerships, and a shared sense of responsibility have been achieved in the past five years. The University of Minnesota has also established two funds to further sustain implementation and research of CPCs. You can find more information on the Lorraine M. Sullivan Memorial Fund and the Early Childhood Research and Innovation Endowment here. Our most recent annual report is also available to download on our website.

Interested in knowing more? You can see site profiles of current CPC locations here. Questions can be sent to Cathy Hayakawa, Project Manager, at hayak006@umn.edu.