Anita Zucker Center faculty leaders are shaping tomorrow’s experts who will carry their work forward to transform communities. Emerging leaders in early childhood studies are receiving training in vigorous scientific investigation, and mentoring on how to apply their knowledge into practice.

Mentoring the Next Generation

We train students at all levels, undergraduate through doctoral, in the UF College of Education and other disciplines on campus. Through our research and grant funding efforts, we have several opportunities for scholars to receive training and to benefit from the expertise at the Anita Zucker Center. We are pleased to offer the following graduate and postdoctoral training opportunities in early childhood studies.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Our competitively funded postdoctoral fellows program provides specialized expertise in early childhood research, practice and policy. Guided by research faculty, who are internationally recognized, fellows are trained in advanced research methods and participate in field-based experiences.

Doctoral Training

Center faculty received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to train five doctoral students. The knowledge they acquire will prepare them for leadership positions, through which they can improve outcomes for families and young children, including those with — or
at risk for — disabilities.

Master’s Training

A $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs provides five years in scholarship funding for Anita Zucker Center faculty to mentor 60 master’s students in the college of Education Unified Early Childhood Program. Graduates will teach young children with disabilities in the United States through a two-year service obligation.