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NITR: The Network of Infant Toddler Researchers

The Network of infant/toddler Researchers (NitR) consortium brings together leading applied researchers with policymakers and technical assistance providers responsible for overseeing and supporting early childhood programs serving families during pregnancy and the first three years of life. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) convened the Network to answer questions of interest to ACF. The Network brings together researchers interested in policy and practice issues relevant to programs serving families during pregnancy and when children are infants and toddlers. This includes child care, home visiting, Early Head Start, and child welfare. NitR members collaborate and coordinate to encourage research-informed practice and practice-informed research as they:

Full NITR mission statement

Current NITR Working Groups

Family Engagement

This workgroup includes NITR members who are interested in engagement of families with children birth through age three across settings, service delivery models, and disciplines. The workgroup is focused on defining and measuring family engagement and is working to develop a short- and long-term research agenda.

Leads: Cathy Ayoub, Manica Ramos, and Jenessa Malin (

NitR Graduate Students

The NitR graduate student group brings together early career scholars who are studying influences on the development of young children from pregnancy through the first three years of life. The group aims to increase opportunities for students to collaborate with NitR faculty members as well as other students to conduct research that informs policy and practice in ACF-relevant programs.

Leads: Alysia Blandon (

NITR Products

For more information about NITR, please contact:

Meryl Yoches Barofsky
OPRE NitR Lead

Office of Planning, Research, and Education

Rachel Chazan-Cohen
NitR Co-Lead University of Massachusetts, Boston