From leading investigations to training future researchers and practitioners, our research at the Anita Zucker Center is focused on evidence-based practices. Its university-wide interdisciplinary approach considers the whole child from birth to age five in the context of their families and communities. Building upon established practices, center faculty create and refine applied tools and strategies to support children, families and practitioners who work in early childhood settings.


The Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies conducts high-quality research to inform and advance practices and policies. Our funded research projects are investigations that fall under five major research themes. Our work is not conducted in laboratories, it happens in homes and community-based settings with families, practitioners and young children. We collaborate with our UF, national and community partners to make an impact.

Dissemination of Knowledge

We are dedicated to sharing evidence-informed and up-to-date information about research, policies, and practices in early childhood studies. Research explorations and discoveries are shared in a variety of ways, including through publications, presentations, and through outreach, technical assistance, and professional development activities. We are committed to making an impact by translating center research findings to help inform and transform practices in early childhood studies.