Evidence-informed Research Themes

Our interdisciplinary research is focused on generating knowledge that will advance practices and policies in early childhood studies. Our work with teachers, caregivers and administrators is a two-way process that allows us to identify important issues in the field and refine our investigations to offer additional tools or practices.

Our research follows these common themes. Explore each theme to learn more about specific research projects and the interdisciplinary faculty who are conducting research as part of the Anita Zucker Center.

Embedded instruction for early learning – an approach to instruction that promotes child engagement and learning in everyday activities, routines and transitions.

Early childhood assessment – tools and strategies to support informed decision making about children’s development and learning, the quality of early childhood environments and the implementation of evidence-based interactional or teaching practices.

Family support – fostering family or caregiver capacity to enrich interactions that benefit early childhood development and learning.

Professional development – practice-based coaching and other research-based strategies to enhance the knowledge and skills of practitioners and caregivers.

Social-emotional and behavioral – building young children’s social-emotional competence and preventing or addressing challenging behavior.