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Bridging the Word Gap 3.0

Community Partner #1:

Evaluation of the BWG Community Action Planning Guide (BWG-CAPG)

Lead: Charlie Greenwood; Alana Schnitz, Judy Carta, Other Collaborators: Jomella Watson-Thompson


The purpose of this research is to evaluate the effects of the BWG Community Action Planning Guide (BWG-CAPG) (
). The BWG-CAPG is a planning and guiding process for a community coalition of partners (sectors) coordinating efforts to prevent the Word Gap in the community’s population of young children and improve community-wide school readiness rates. Additional information can be found here:

Greenwood, C. R., Carta, J. J., Walker, D., Watson-Thompson, J., Gilkerson, J., Larson, A. L., & Schnitz, A. (2017). Conceptualizing a public health prevention intervention for bridging the 30 Million Word Gap. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 20(1), 3-24.

Greenwood , C. R., Carta, J. J., Schnitz, A. G., Walker, D., Gabriel, D., Thompson, V., & Watson-Thompson, J. (2021, in press, Invited Article). Progress toward a multisectoral community intervention approach to prevention of the Word Gap. Behavior and Social issues.



Population Targeted:

Low-income families and children in low income communities/school districts.


Research Objective:

To examine how implementation of CAPG results in community-level changes in policies, program, and practices; To examine how changes in policies, programs and practices correspond to changes in children’s home learning environments and children’s language outcomes: