Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC) in North
Minneapolis links the University of Minnesota in vital
public partnership with urban communities to advance
learning, improve quality of life, and discover breakthrough
solutions to critical problems. UROC builds thriving,
innovative, and respectful collaborations for a healthy and
vibrant North Minneapolis, creates new models of urban and
community development, and strengthens the University of
Minnesota as a vitally engaged 21st-century university
serving the public good. CEED is pleased to have UROC as
home for some of our staff and projects.
The mission of CEED at UROC is to conduct
community-engaged research, teaching, and outreach that
supports families and urban communities in raising happy,
healthy, and successful children.
About Working at UROC
Alisha Wackerle-Hollman talks about what it is like to
work at UROC
CEED Events at UROC
Implementation Science in Minnesota--An Informal Discussion Series
April 25 | May 2 | May 16 | May 30 | This four-part discussion series
explores the broad sweep of “implementation science”- an emerging research and practice discipline that formally explores factors affecting the high-quality use of effective practices in education, mental health, medicine and a host of other fields and disciplines.
Supply and Demand for Early Care and Education Services in North Minneapolis: Initial Analyses of Current Capacity and Use of School-based Early Education and Family and Center-based Child Care Programs in Zip Codes 55411 and 55412, prepared by Kevin Overson and Scott McConnell, CEED@UROC, April 26, 2013
CEED Projects at UROC
Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood
The mission of CRtIEC is to reduce the number of children
with reading problems by increasing the number of children
entering school with knowledge and skill in early literacy
Learning Labs | myIGDIs
Early Learning Labs provides assessments and services to
help parents and early child-care providers develop
"kindergarten-ready" children. myIGDIs is a
dedicated data manager that allows monitoring of children's
growth and development.
The Effects of an
Online Data-based Language Intervention Decision-making
System for Professionals Serving At-risk Infant and Toddlers
This project evaluates empirically the efficacy of a
software-based assessment, intervention design, and
monitoring system for home visiting interventions designed
to promote language development among young children living
in poverty and with special needs.
Family Academy: Infants
Family Academy is a parent education and empowerment program
for families with children aged 0-3. Its purpose is to start
early by empowering parents to get their kids ready for
kindergarten and on the pathway to college and life-long
The Fresh Start Garden program is a community-led garden and
cooking program for preschool-aged children, their adult
caregivers, and older youth from North Minneapolis.
Achievement Zone (NAZ) Internal Evaluation
As part of its work, NAZ is committed to building
and implementing comprehensive and coordinated evaluation
systems that inform, document, and drive the continuous
improvement of individual components and the overall
initiative. CEED is a partner and leader in this effort.
Individual Growth and Development Indicators Project
This project will develop, evaluate, and test the
implementation of a newly developed suite of Individual
Growth and Development Indicators (S-IGDIs) developed
specifically to assess the language and early literacy
development of Spanish-speaking preschool children.
Infrastructure for Promise Neighborhoods
This project is working to create the infrastructure to
begin research on comprehensive preventive interventions in
the nation’s highest poverty neighborhoods.
Five Hundred Under 5
Five Hundred Under 5 (FHu5) was a collaborative,
multidimensional effort focused on two residential areas in
North Minneapolis that has been transitioned into the
Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ).
Get It, Got It, Go!
Get It, Got It, Go! provides informational materials,
assessments, and database-driven systems to help educators,
parents, and others select measurement tools (Individual
Growth and Development Indicators) to monitor children's
development, download assessment materials, manage data
obtained, and generate graphical reports.