About the Author
Margaret Burchinal is a Senior Scientist at the FPG Child Development Institute and Research Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and co-principal investigator for the project. She is an applied statistician who specializes in longitudinal data analysis and a developmentalist who is interested in how early childhood policy can provide increased opportunities for all children, especially children from low-income families.
Martha Zaslow is Director of the Office for Policy and Communications of the Society for Research in Child Development and a Senior Scholar at Child Trends, and co-principal investigator for the project. Her research focuses on programs and policies to support the development of young children, and especially measuring and improving quality in early childhood programs. She served as co-principal investigator for this project.
Louisa Tarullo is Associate Director of Research at Mathematica Policy Research and serves as Mathematica’s lead for early care and education policy. She directed the OPRE design project which funded the work of this monograph. Her research focuses on programs and policies to support optimal development and learning in children from birth through the early school years.
Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal is an Associate Professor of Psychology and a Center Associate of the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research aims to strengthen understanding of how key contexts, including early care and education settings, promote learning and socioemotional development during the transition to school and the early elementary school years.
Portia Miller is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include poverty’s effects on child development, the intersection of poverty and place, and the role of early education in promoting school success.