TRC and TRC-affiliated Publications & Resources

The TRC leverage’s multiple communication channels to facilitate research-to-practice and practice-to-research knowledge transfer in support of our mission to grow the field of early childhood research in partnership with AIAN program leaders, community partners, researchers, federal staff, and others focused on promoting the well-being of AIAN children and families. Click on the links below to see some of the publications and resources that have been developed by the TRC and our close partners:

Peer reviewed publications


Journal articles

Special Issue: New Directions in Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting: Lessons from the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. Infant Mental Health Journal. Volume 39, Number 3, May-June, 2018, Guest Editors Aleta Meyer and Douglas K. Novins.

Spicer, P. & Sarche, M. (2007). Culture and community in research with American Indian and Alaska Native infants, toddlers, and families. Zero to Three, 27, 55-56.

Sarche, M., & Spicer, P. (2008). Poverty and health disparities for American Indian and Alaska Native children: Current knowledge and future prospects. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1136, 126-136.

Fitzgerald, H. E., Mann, R., Cabrera, N., Sarche, M., & Qin, D. (2009). Development of Infants and Toddlers in Ethnoracial Families. Infant Mental Health Journal, 30, 425-432.

Sarche, M. & Whitesell, N.R. (2012). Child development research in North American Native communities:  Looking back and moving forward. Child Development Perspectives, 6, 42-48. 

Spicer, P., LaFramboise, T., Markstrom, C., Niles, M., West, A., Fehringer, K., Grayson, L., & Sarche, M. (2012). Toward an applied developmental science for Native children, families, and communities. Child Development Perspectives, 6, 49-54.

Whitesell, N.R, Sarche, M.C., Trucksess, C. (2015). The Survey of Well-Being of Young Children Tribal Feasibility Study. Infant Mental Health Journal, 36, 483-505.

Sarche, M., Tafoya, G., Croy, C.D., & Hill, K. (2016). American Indian and Alaska Native boys: Early childhood risk and resilience amidst context and culture. Infant Mental Health Journal, 38, 115-127.

Walls, M.L., Whitesell, N.R., Barlow, A., & Sarche, M. (2019). Research with American Indian and Alaska Native populations: Measurement matters. Journal of Ethnicity and Substance Abuse, 18(1), 129-149.  

Barnes-Najor, J.V., Thompson, N.L., Cameron, A.F., Smith, T.M., Verdugo, M.C., Brown, P.L., & Sarche, M. (2020). Cultural and practice perspectives on the Classroom Assessment Scoring System: Voices from American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start programs. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 35(1), 162-183

Tsethlikai, M., Sarche, M., Barnes-Najor, J., & Fitzgerald, H. (2020). Addressing inequities in education: Considerations for American Indian and Alaska Native children and youth in the era of COVID-19. Society for Research in Child Development, Statement of the Evidence. 

Sarche, M., Malone, L., Hoard, L., Barnes-Najor, J., Cameron, A., West, J., Barofsky, M., & the AIAN FACES Workgroup (2021). Perspectives of Region XI Head Start federal, research, and program partners in carrying out a national study of American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start children, families, and programs. American Journal of Community Psychology, 1-15. 

Barnes-Najor, J., Senehi, N., Cameron, A., Lee, K.S., Tsethlikai, M., Saucedo, J., Sarche, M. (in press). Psychometric evaluation of the Native Culture and Language in the Classroom Observation: An analysis of data from the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey. Journal of Indigenous Early Childhood Education

Whitesell, N., Howley, C., Asdigian, A., Clifford, C., Senehi, N., & Sarche, M. (under review). Community Perspectives on Developmental Screening of American Indian and Alaska Native Children. Infant Mental Health Journal.

Asdigian, N., Howley, C., Sarche, M., Clifford, C., Miller, A., & Whitesell, N. (under review). Exploring the feasibility of validating early developmental screening tools for American Indian and Alaska Native children. Infant Mental Health Journal.

Books and book chapters

Sarche, M, Dobrec, A., Barnes-Najor, J., Cameron, A., & Calac Verdugo, M. (2020). American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start: Historical and contemporary contexts for understanding Region XI Head Start programs, children, families, and communities. In, J. Benson (Ed), Encyclopedia of infant and early childhood development, 2nd edition. Oxford, UK: Elsevier (pp. 31-44).

Briefs and reports


NCAI Policy Research Center (Around Him, D., Burnette, C., Tafoya, G., Yazzie-Mintz, T., & Sarche, M.; 2016). Tips for Researchers: Strengthening Research that Benefits Native Youth

Barnes-Najor, J.V., Belleau, A., Smith, T., Verdugo, M., Thompson, N., Brown, P., & Sarche, M. (2016). Cultural and practice perspectives on the Classroom Assessment Scoring System: Voices from American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start programs. 

Fleming, C., Moore, L., Sarche, M., Charles, T., McNicholas, D., Rackliff, S., Redbird-Post, M., Sprague, M. (2016) Tribal Grantee Plans from the 2014-2015 Child Care Development Fund: A report by the Child Care Community of Learning

Malone, L., Knas, E., Cavanaugh, M., and West, J. (2016). Early care, education, and home visiting in American Indian and Alaska Native communities: Design Options for assessing early childhood needs. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, OPRE Report # 2016-49.  

Malone, L., Knas., E., Bernstein, S., and Read Feinberg, L. (2017). Understanding American Indian and Alaska Native early childhood needs: The potential of existing data. Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, OPRE Report #2017-44. 

Sarche, M. (2018). Native culture and language at the heart for tribal Head Start programs and parents. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Policy Lab Blog post. 

Sarche, M., Fleming, C., Marfani, F., & Ayoub, C. (2019). Healthy children and resilient communities: Tribal LAUNCH approaches and grantee examples of integrating Native culture into Project LAUNCH programming.  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Project LAUNCH Issue Brief. 

Whitesell, N.R., Asdigian, N.L., Howley, C.T., Sarche, M., & Clifford, C. (2020). Pilot Exploration of Development Screening in Tribal Communities (Tribal PEDS) Final Report.

Sarche, M., Barnes-Najor, J.V., & the TRC Native Language and Culture Community of Learning (2020). Native Language and Cultural Experiences among Children in Region XI Head Start Programs and Classrooms: Findings from the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2015. Administration for Children and Families, OPRE Report #2020-01. 

Barnes-Najor, J.V., Sarche, M., Abramson-Martin, L., Amaya-Thompson, J., Cameron, A., Godfrey, A., Kaufman, C, Pettircrew, E., Richardson, M., Sauve, M., & Shuey, D. (2019). Native Language and Cultural Experiences in Region XI Children’s Homes and Communities: Findings from the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2015. Administration for Children and Families, OPRE Report 2019-87. 

Presentations and webinars


The Administration for Children and Families Transforming Tribal Early Child Series, with TRC partners presenting in the following sessions:

The Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation 2021 Innovative Methods Meeting: Enhancing Rigor, Relevance, and Equity in Research and Evaluation through Community Engagement, with TRC partners presenting in the following sessions:

The Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Hearings, with TRC partners presenting in the following sessions:

Resources for families and practitioners


TRC Steering Committee Newsletters