Faculty leaders are shaping tomorrow’s experts who will carry lessons learned today to inform and transform the future of early childhood studies. These emerging leaders in early childhood studies are receiving training and situated mentoring in recommended practices in early childhood research, policy and practice.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Building off a postdoctoral research training fellowship program funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, our post-doctoral fellows program provides specialized training in early childhood research, practice, and policy. Guided by transdisciplinary research faculty who are internationally recognized, fellows are trained in advanced practices in early childhood studies, research methods and implementation science.


Doctoral Training

Faculty received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to prepare five doctoral students and prepare a transdisciplinary concentration in early childhood studies at the UF. The knowledge these and other students 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 a 1-year federal scholarship and funding for center faculty to mentor 52 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.