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Working Together to Empower the Whole Child

We’ve partnered with leading experts in childhood education to implement the latest research on how to meet the needs of preschoolers’ growing minds.

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Authors and Advisors

  • Tricia Zucker, Ph.D

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  • Linda Mayes, MD

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  • Jie-Qi Chen, Ph.D.

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Consultants

  • Walter Gilliam, Ph.D.
    Walter Gilliam, Ph.D.

    Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center and the Director of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. Dr. Gilliam conducts research on early childhood policy analysis, the impact of prekindergarten on school readiness, and effective methods for reducing classroom behavior problems and preschool expulsion.

  • Maria Carlo, Ph.D.
    Maria Carlo, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor at the University of South Florida in the Department of Child and Family Studies, Dr. Carlo specializes in bilingualism and literacy and was a key member of the team that developed Hablemos Juntos at the Children’s Learning Institute.

  • Sherri Killins, Ed.D
    Sherri Killins, Ed.D.

    Dr. Killins works to unite state and local efforts to serve the needs of children ages eight and under and their families. As the Director of State Systems Alignment and Integration for the BUILD Initiative, she supports continuous quality improvement through shared best practices in early childhood development and family engagement.

  • Carla Horwitz, Ed.D.
    Carla Horwitz, Ed.D.

    Lecturer and Director Emerita of Yale University’s Calvin Hill Day Care Center, where she served as Director for 40 years, Dr. Horwitz teaches several courses in child development and early childhood education, including a course on language, literacy, and play.

  • Azadeh Jamalian, Ph.D.
    Azadeh Jamalian, Ph.D.

    Dr. Jamalian is a cognitive scientist with a passion for children’s early learning and play. She is the founder of The GIANT Room, a former TED resident, and a cofounder of Tiggly. Dr. Jamalian taught The Development of Mathematical Thinking at Columbia University’s Teachers College for several years.

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