Our Objectives

The overarching goal of the Bridging the Word Gap Research Network is to reduce the number of children who enter school with delays in language and early literacy. Learn about the background and goals of our work in this YouTube video and find links to the National Research Agenda and other Network products and objective descriptions by clicking above.

Meet the Team

The Bridging the Word Gap Research Network is made up of more than 100 nationally recognized researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and funders working together to develop and push forward a coordinated national research agenda that address the word gap.

Practice-based Research Collaborative

Practice-based Research Collaborative

Announcing the application process for researchers and practitioners to join the Bridging the Word Gap Research Network, Practice Based Research Collaborative (PBRC) second cohort! Click here to access the PBRC description and proposal form.

Read more
Map of Initiatives

Bridging the Word Gap Initiatives

Check out our interactive map for links to word gap initiatives across the U.S.

Read more


This project was refunded through August 31, 2021 by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant UA6MC 27762, Bridging the Word Gap Research Network. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.