Making Investments that Transform Lives

The Anita Zucker Center exists to improve the lives of young children, their families, caregivers and practitioners.  Through interdisciplinary work that is collaborative and multifaceted, we strive to create, validate and share knowledge that translates into practice and informs policy. These are some of the ways we are making an impact.

Apply Research to Advance Practice

IMPACT: CREATING SYNERGY THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS THAT DELIVER EVIDENCE-BASED TOOLS AND PRACTICES

The Anita Zucker Center attracts faculty from many disciplines who have cultivated expertise in their fields through well-developed research programs. Center members and affiliates across the University of Florida in the colleges of Education, Public Health and Health Professions, Medicine and Law are building synergistic approaches to finding solutions.

Collectively, these works reach locally, nationally and internationally to support families and early learning practitioners. Evidence-based knowledge is being translated into behavioral strategies, coaching models and tools for those who nurture and guide young children through their critical development years. Other researchers, scientists and postdoctoral fellows are joining the momentum too, as our growing center continues to build capacity.

Leverage Expertise to Guide Future Leaders

IMPACT: SHARING KNOWLEDGE AND PREPARING TOMORROW’S SCIENTISTS AND PRACTITIONERS

Anita Zucker Center researchers share their knowledge by serving in leadership and advisory roles in professional associations and federal agencies dedicated to early childhood development and learning. They contribute to national discussions by serving as keynote speakers and invited presenters and publishing widely in peer-reviewed journals.

Their expertise attracts accomplished scholars and top students who seek their mentorship. In programs designed for preparing leaders, the center has created funded training opportunities for master’s and doctoral students seeking advanced credentials in early childhood studies. Postdoctoral fellows also join the center for specialized expertise in early childhood research, practice and policy. Fellows are trained in advanced research methods and participate in field-based experiences.

Influence Policy to Address Grand Challenges

IMPACT: PRODUCING INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO THE MOST CHALLENGING ISSUES FACING YOUNG CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES

Anita Zucker Center leaders have guided and advanced research, policy, and practices in the field for more than 35 years. They have contributed to the Division for Early Childhood recommended practices, the national organization’s initiative that bridges the gap between research and practice to provide guidance to practitioners and families on the most effective ways to promote the development of young children, who have or are at-risk for developmental delays or disabilities.

An inaugural early childhood summit hosted by the center is creating an opportunity for national thought-leaders, researchers and policymakers to hold intentional conversations surrounding early childhood development and learning. Science-informed actions can integrate research, policy and practice as a national model. The summit, to be held in early 2017, will address timely topics focused on applied research/science, policy and practice for vulnerable young children and their families.