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Comer School Development Program
In 1963 and 1964, researchers at the Yale Child Study Center sought to examine the problems of children who were being excluded from society's social and economic mainstream. They concluded that schools were the “natural” place to both help and study children. At this time, the Ford Foundation was actively supporting projects nationwide that utilized the resources of universities to support public education. Researchers from the Yale Child Study Center developed their program at the suggestion of Douglas Ferguson, a project officer with the Ford Foundation. Dr. Albert Solnit, director of Special Projects for the Yale Child Study Center, and Samuel Nash, director of Special Projects for the New Haven System, wrote a formal proposal to begin the study. The Ford Foundation accepted the proposal during the 1967–1968 academic year. During this time, officials at Yale and with the New Haven Schools discussed and refined their conception of the study's ...