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Sharon Lynn Kagan

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A., University of Michigan (English); M.A., Johns Hopkins University (Liberal Arts); Ed.D., Teachers College (Curriculum and Teaching).

Scholarly Interests

Application of child and parent development research to the formation and implementation of public policies; the impact of institutions  on the development of low-income children.


Selected Publications

Volumes and Editorships

In press

Kagan, S. L., & Kauerz, K. (in press). Building Early Childhood Systems. New York: Teachers College Press.

Kagan, S. L., & Tarrant, K. (in press). Transitions in the Early Years: Creating a System of Continuity. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing.

2008

Kagan, S.L., Kauerz, K., Tarrant, K. (2008). The early care and education teaching workforce at the fulcrum: An agenda for reform. New York : Teachers College Press.

2005

Kagan, S. L., & Stewart, V. (Eds.). (2005). A new world view: Learning from education in other countries [Special issue]. Phi Delta Kappan.

2004

Kagan, S. L., & Stewart, V. (Eds.). (2004). Putting the “World” in “World-Class Education” [Special issue]. Phi Delta Kappan, 83(3).

1997

Kagan, S. L., & Bowman, B. T. (Eds.). (1997). Leadership in early care and education . Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Kagan, S. L., & Cohen, N. E. (1997). Not by chance: Creating an early care and education system . New Haven: Yale University Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy.

1996

Kagan, S. L., & Cohen, N. E. (Eds.). (1996). Reinventing early care and education: A vision for a quality system. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Zigler, E., Kagan, S. L., & Hall, N. (Eds.). (1996). Children, families, and government: Preparing for the 21st century . New York: Cambridge University Press.

1995

Kagan, S. L., Goffin, S. G., Golub, S. A., & Pritchard, E. (1995). Toward systemic reform: Service integration for young children and their families . Falls Church, VA: National Center for Service Integration.

1994

Kagan, S. L. (Ed.). (1994). Early care and education: Coming of age [Special issue]. Phi Delta Kappan , 76(3).

Kagan, S. L., & Weissbourd, B. (Eds.). (1994). Putting families first: America's family support movement and the challenge of change . San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

1993

Kagan, S. L. (with Neville, P. R.). (1993). Integrating services for children and families: Understanding the past to shape the future . New Haven: Yale University Press.

1991

Kagan, S. L. (Ed.). (1991). The care and education of America's young children: Obstacles and opportunities. National Society for the Study of Education, 90th Yearbook . Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Kagan, S. L. (1991). United we stand: Collaboration for child care and early education services. New York: Teachers College Press.

Kagan, S. L., & Garcia, E. (Eds.). (1991). Educating linguistically and culturally diverse preschoolers [Special issue]. Early Childhood Research Quarterly , 6(3).

1989

Kagan, S. L. (Ed.). (1989). Early care and education: Reflecting on options and opportunities [Special issue]. Phi Delta Kappan , 71(2).

1987

Kagan, S. L., Powell, D., Weissbourd, B., & Zigler, E. (Eds.). (1987). America's family support programs: Perspectives and prospects . New Haven: Yale University Press.

Kagan, S. L., & Zigler, E. F. (Eds.). (1987). Early schooling: The national debate . New Haven: Yale University Press.

1983

Zigler, E., Kagan, S. L., & Klugman, E. (Eds.). (1983). Children, families and government: Perspectives on American social policy . New York: Cambridge

Articles, Chapters, and Commissioned Papers 

2009

Kagan, S.L, Scott-Little, C., & Frelow V.S. (2009). Linking play to early learning and Development guidelines: Possibility or polemic? Zero to Three, 30(1), 18-24.

Kagan, S.L., & Reid, J. (2009). Invest in early childhood education. Phi Delta Kappan, 90(8), 572-576.

Kagan, S. L., & Reid, J. (2009). ECE2: A call for excellence, coherence, and equity in federal early childhood education policy. Washington DC: Center on Education Policy.

Kagan, S.L., Scott-Little, C., Frelow, V. S., & Reid, J. (2009). Infant-Toddler Learning Guidelines: The content states have addressed and implications for programs serving children with disabilities. Infants and Young Children, 22(2), 87-99.

2008

Kagan, S. L., Brooks-Gunn, J., Westheimer, M., Tarrant, K., Cortazar, A., Johnson, A., Philipsen, N., & Pressman, A. (2008). New York City early care and education unified performance measurement system: A pilot study. New York: National Center for Children and Families.

Kagan, S. L., & Kauerz, K., (2008). Governing American early care and education: Shifting from government to governance and from form to function. In S. Feeney A. Galper, & C. Seefeldt (Eds.), Continuing issues in early childhood education (3rd ed., pp. 12-32). Columbus, OH: Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.

Kagan, S. L., Scott-Little, C., Reid, J., & Greenberg, E. (2008). Pennsylvania’s early learning standards alignment studies: Proposed alignment analysis protocol. New York: National Center for Children and Families.

Kagan, S. L., Scott-Little, C., Reid, J., & Greenberg, E. (2008). Pennsylvania’s early learning standards alignment studies: A working memo on short-term vertical alignment data analyses and observations. New York: National Center for Children and Families.

Scott-Little, C., Kagan, S. L., Frelow, V. S., & Reid, J. (2008). Inside the content of infant-toddler early learning guidelines: Results from analyses, issues to consider, and recommendations. Greensboro, NC: University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Tarrant, K., Greenberg, E. H., Kagan, S. L., & Kauerz, K. (2008). The early childhood workforce. In S. Feeney (Ed.), Continuing issues in early childhood education (3rd ed., pp. 134-157). Columbus, OH: Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.

2007

Kagan, S. L., & Kauerz, K. (2007). Reaching for the whole: Integration and alignment in early education policy. In R. C. Pianta, M. J. Cox, & K. Snow (Eds.), School readiness and the transition to kindergarten in the era of accountability (pp. 11- 30). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.

Kagan, S. L., Tarrant, K., Carson, A., & Kauerz, K. (2007). The early care and education workforce: At the fulcrum. Houston, TX: Cornerstones for Kids.

Kagan, S. L., & Weissbourd, B. (2007). Family support: A force for change. In J. L. Aber, S. J. Bishop-Josef, S. M. Jones, K. T. McLearn, & D. A. Phillips (Eds.), Child development and social policy: Knowledge for action (pp. 249-264).Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

2006

Kagan, S. L. (2006). American early childhood education: Preventing or perpetuating inequity? (Research Review No. 1). New York: Teachers College, Campaign for Educational Equity.

Kagan, S. L., Carroll, J., Comer, J., & Scott-Little, C. (2006). Alignment: A missing link in early childhood transitions? Young Children , 61 (5), 26-32.

Kagan, S. L., & Kauerz, K. (2006). Making the most of kindergarten: Trends and policy issues. In D. Gullo (Ed.), Teaching and learning in the kindergarten year (pp. 161-170). Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Kagan, S. L., & Kauerz, K. (2006). Preschool programs: Effective curricula. In R. E. Tremblay, R. G. Barr, & R. DeV. Peters (Eds.), Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. Montreal, Quebec: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development. Available: http://www.excellence-earlychil dhood.ca/documents/Kagan -KauerzANGxp.pdf .

Scott-Little, C., Kagan, S. L., & Frelow, V. (2006). Conceptualization of readiness and the content of early learning standards: The intersection of policy and research? Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 21, 153-173.

Scott-Little, C., Kagan, S. L., & Frelow, V. S. (2006). State standards for children's learning: What do they mean for child care providers? Child Care Information Exchange , 168 , 27-34.

2005

Kagan, S. L., & Lowenstein, A. (2005). Parenting education: Cultural accelerator or reflector? In L. Harrison & J. Kagan (Eds.), Developing cultures: Essays on cultural change . Oxford, UK: Routledge Press.

Kagan, S. L., & Britto, P. R. (2005). Going global with indicators of child development. UNICEF Final Report. New York, NY: UNICEF.

Kagan, S. L., Britto, P. R., Kauerz, K., & Tarrant, K. (2005). Washington State early learning and development benchmarks . Olympia, WA: Office of the Governor and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Scott-Little, C., Kagan, S. L., & Frelow, V. S. (2005). Inside the content: The breadth and depth of early learning standards. Creating the conditions for success with early learning standards . Greensboro, NC: University of North Carolina, SERVE.

2004

Kagan, S. L. (2004). A conversation with Sharon Lynn Kagan. In M. R. Jalongo & J. P. Isenberg (Eds.), Exploring your role: A practitioner's introduction to early childhood education . Columbus, OH: Merrill/Prentice Hall.

Kagan, S. L. (2004). Improving urban student achievement through early childhood reform: What state policymakers can do . Denver, CO: Education Commission of the States.

Kagan, S. L., & Lowenstein, A. E. (2004). School readiness and children's play: Contemporary oxymoron or compatible option? In E. F. Zigler, D. G. Singer, & S. J. Bishop-Josef (Eds.), Children's play: The roots of reading (pp. 59-76). Washington, DC: ZERO TO THREE Press.

Kagan, S. L., & Scott-Little, C. (2004). Early learning standards: Changing the parlance and practice of early childhood education. Phi Delta Kappan, 85(5), 388-396.

Britto, P. R., & Kagan, S. L. (2004). Going global with indicators of child well-being: using the standards approach. UNICEF Technical Report. New York, NY: UNICEF.

Carroll, J., Ochshorn, S., Kagan, S. L., & Fuller, B. (2004). Effective investments in early care and education: What can we learn from research? (Child Care and Early Education Research and Policy Series Report No. 1). Denver, CO: National Conference of State Legislatures.

Fuller, B., Kagan, S., Loeb, S., & Chang, Y. (2004). Child care quality: Centers and home settings that serve poor families. Early Childhood Research Quarterly , 19, 505-527.

Loeb, S., Fuller, B., Kagan, S. L., Carrol, B., & Carroll, J. (2004). Child care in poor communities: Early learning effects of type, quality, and stability. Child Development , 75(1), 47-65.

Lowenstein, A. E., Ochshorn, S., Kagan, S. L., & Fuller, B. (2004). T he effects of professional development efforts and compensation on quality of early care and education services . (Child Care and Early Education Research and Policy Series Report No. 2). Denver, CO: National Conference of State Legislatures.

Ochshorn, S., Kagan, S. L, Carroll, J., Lowenstein, A. E., & Fuller, B. (2004). The effects of regulation on the quality of early care and education (Child Care and Early Education Research and Policy Series Report No. 3).Denver, CO: National Conference of State Legislatures.

Rigby, E., Kagan, S. L., Ochshorn, S., & Fuller, B. (2004). I nfant and toddler care: Meeting the needs of families with options that work . (Child Care and Early Education Research and Policy Series Report No. 4). Denver, CO: National Conference of State Legislatures.

2003

Kagan, S.L. (2003). Advancing child abuse and neglect protective factors: The Role of the early care and education infrastructure . Center for the Study of Social Policy.

Kagan, S. L., & Neuman, M. J. (2003). Back to basics: Building an early care and education system. In F. Jacobs, D. Wertlieb, & R. M. Lerner (Eds.), Handbook of applied developmental science: Vol. 2. Enhancing the life chances of youth and families. Contributions of programs, policies, and service systems (pp. 329-345) . Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Kagan, S. L., & Neuman, M. J. (2003). Integrating early care and education. Educational Leadership, 60 (7), 58-64.

Kagan, S. L., & Rigby, E. (2003). Policy matters: Setting and measuring benchmarks for state policies . Washington, DC: Center for the Study of Social Policy.

Kagan, S. L., & Rigby, E. (2003). State policies that work: A series of policy briefs from the Policy Matters project . Washington, DC: Center for the Study of Social Policy.

Kagan, S. L., Scott-Little, C., Frelow, V. S. (2003). Early learning standards for young children: A survey of the states. Young Children. 58(4), 58-76.

Scott-Little, C., Kagan, S. L., Clifford, R. M. (2003). Assessing the state of state assessments: Perspectives on assessing young children . Greensboro, North Carolina: University of North Carolina, SERVE.

Scott-Little, C., Kagan, S. L., Frelow, V. S. (2003). Standards for preschool children's learning and development: Who has the standards, how were they developed, and how were they used? Greensboro, North Carolina: University of North Carolina, SERVE.

professional experiences

Current Professional Employment

Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor
of Early Childhood and Family Policy [September, 2000 - Present]
Teachers College, Columbia University New York, NY

Co-Director, National Center for Children and Families [September, 2000 - Present]

Professor Adjunct [July, 2001 - Present]
The Yale Child Study Center
Yale University, New Haven, CT


Past Professional Experience

Associate Dean for Policy [January, 2004 - August, 2009]
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Director of the Office of Policy and Research [January, 2004 - August, 2009]
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Senior Research Scientist [April, 1996 - June, 2001]
The Yale Child Study Center
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Senior Associate [July, 1991 - August, 2000]
Associate Director [March, 1978 - June, 1991]
The Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Associate Research Scientist [July, 1987 - March, 1996]
Assistant Professor [July, 1980 - June, 1987]
The Yale Child Study Center
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Executive Director [November, 1986 - January, 1988]*
The Office of Early Childhood Education
The Office of the Mayor, New York, NY
Early Childhood Supervisor [September, 1974 - August, 1978]

Head Start Director [March, 1971 - September, 1974]
Board of Education, Norwalk, CT

ESEA Title I Coordinator [September, 1969 - September, 1970]
Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, Baltimore, MD

Program Director [September, 1968 - September, 1969]
Inner-city Tutorial Program, Social Relations Department
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Head Start/Early Childhood Teacher [July, 1965 - June, 1968]
Baltimore County, MD, North Haven, CT, New Haven, CT

* While on leave from Yale

honors and awards

Honorary Degrees and Major Awards
  • May, 2010 - Visionary Leadership Award, McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, National-Louis University, Wheeling, IL
  • March, 2010 - Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Washington, D.C.
  • September, 2005 - The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, The McGraw Hill Companies, New York, NY
  • July, 2005 - James Bryant Conant Award, Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO
  • June, 2005 - Distinguished Service Award, Connecticut Early Childhood Education Council, New Haven, Connecticut
  • November, 2004 - 2004 Distinguished Service Award, Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, D.C.
  • March, 2003 - Outstanding Women of Connecticut Award, The Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen Memorial, Hartford, CT
  • March, 1996 - Distinguished Alumna Award, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • March, 1996 - National Friend of Children Public Policy Award, Southern Early Childhood Association, Little Rock, AR
  • May, 1992 - Ed.D. Honorary Degree, Wheelock College, Boston, MA

principal publications

Volumes and Editorships

In press

Kagan, S. L., & Kauerz, K. (in press). Building Early Childhood Systems. New York: Teachers College Press.

Kagan, S. L., & Tarrant, K. (in press). Transitions in the Early Years: Creating a System of Continuity. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing.

2008

Kagan, S.L., Kauerz, K., Tarrant, K. (2008). The early care and education teaching workforce at the fulcrum: An agenda for reform. New York : Teachers College Press.

2005

Kagan, S. L., & Stewart, V. (Eds.). (2005). A new world view: Learning from education in other countries [Special issue]. Phi Delta Kappan.

2004

Kagan, S. L., & Stewart, V. (Eds.). (2004). Putting the “World” in “World-Class Education” [Special issue]. Phi Delta Kappan, 83(3).

1997

Kagan, S. L., & Bowman, B. T. (Eds.). (1997). Leadership in early care and education . Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Kagan, S. L., & Cohen, N. E. (1997). Not by chance: Creating an early care and education system . New Haven: Yale University Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy.

1996

Kagan, S. L., & Cohen, N. E. (Eds.). (1996). Reinventing early care and education: A vision for a quality system. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Zigler, E., Kagan, S. L., & Hall, N. (Eds.). (1996). Children, families, and government: Preparing for the 21st century . New York: Cambridge University Press.

1995

Kagan, S. L., Goffin, S. G., Golub, S. A., & Pritchard, E. (1995). Toward systemic reform: Service integration for young children and their families . Falls Church, VA: National Center for Service Integration.

1994

Kagan, S. L. (Ed.). (1994). Early care and education: Coming of age [Special issue]. Phi Delta Kappan , 76(3).

Kagan, S. L., & Weissbourd, B. (Eds.). (1994). Putting families first: America's family support movement and the challenge of change . San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

1993

Kagan, S. L. (with Neville, P. R.). (1993). Integrating services for children and families: Understanding the past to shape the future . New Haven: Yale University Press.

1991

Kagan, S. L. (Ed.). (1991). The care and education of America's young children: Obstacles and opportunities. National Society for the Study of Education, 90th Yearbook . Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Kagan, S. L. (1991). United we stand: Collaboration for child care and early education services. New York: Teachers College Press.

Kagan, S. L., & Garcia, E. (Eds.). (1991). Educating linguistically and culturally diverse preschoolers [Special issue]. Early Childhood Research Quarterly , 6(3).

1989

Kagan, S. L. (Ed.). (1989). Early care and education: Reflecting on options and opportunities [Special issue]. Phi Delta Kappan , 71(2).

1987

Kagan, S. L., Powell, D., Weissbourd, B., & Zigler, E. (Eds.). (1987). America's family support programs: Perspectives and prospects . New Haven: Yale University Press.

Kagan, S. L., & Zigler, E. F. (Eds.). (1987). Early schooling: The national debate . New Haven: Yale University Press.

1983

Zigler, E., Kagan, S. L., & Klugman, E. (Eds.). (1983). Children, families and government: Perspectives on American social policy . New York: Cambridge


Articles, Chapters, and Commissioned Papers 

2009

Kagan, S.L, Scott-Little, C., & Frelow V.S. (2009). Linking play to early learning and Development guidelines: Possibility or polemic? Zero to Three, 30(1), 18-24.

Kagan, S.L., & Reid, J. (2009). Invest in early childhood education. Phi Delta Kappan, 90(8), 572-576.

Kagan, S. L., & Reid, J. (2009). ECE2: A call for excellence, coherence, and equity in federal early childhood education policy. Washington DC: Center on Education Policy.

Kagan, S.L., Scott-Little, C., Frelow, V. S., & Reid, J. (2009). Infant-Toddler Learning Guidelines: The content states have addressed and implications for programs serving children with disabilities. Infants and Young Children, 22(2), 87-99.

2008

Kagan, S. L., Brooks-Gunn, J., Westheimer, M., Tarrant, K., Cortazar, A., Johnson, A., Philipsen, N., & Pressman, A. (2008). New York City early care and education unified performance measurement system: A pilot study. New York: National Center for Children and Families.

Kagan, S. L., & Kauerz, K., (2008). Governing American early care and education: Shifting from government to governance and from form to function. In S. Feeney A. Galper, & C. Seefeldt (Eds.), Continuing issues in early childhood education (3rd ed., pp. 12-32). Columbus, OH: Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.

Kagan, S. L., Scott-Little, C., Reid, J., & Greenberg, E. (2008). Pennsylvania’s early learning standards alignment studies: Proposed alignment analysis protocol. New York: National Center for Children and Families.

Kagan, S. L., Scott-Little, C., Reid, J., & Greenberg, E. (2008). Pennsylvania’s early learning standards alignment studies: A working memo on short-term vertical alignment data analyses and observations. New York: National Center for Children and Families.

Scott-Little, C., Kagan, S. L., Frelow, V. S., & Reid, J. (2008). Inside the content of infant-toddler early learning guidelines: Results from analyses, issues to consider, and recommendations. Greensboro, NC: University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Tarrant, K., Greenberg, E. H., Kagan, S. L., & Kauerz, K. (2008). The early childhood workforce. In S. Feeney (Ed.), Continuing issues in early childhood education (3rd ed., pp. 134-157). Columbus, OH: Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.

2007

Kagan, S. L., & Kauerz, K. (2007). Reaching for the whole: Integration and alignment in early education policy. In R. C. Pianta, M. J. Cox, & K. Snow (Eds.), School readiness and the transition to kindergarten in the era of accountability (pp. 11- 30). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.

Kagan, S. L., Tarrant, K., Carson, A., & Kauerz, K. (2007). The early care and education workforce: At the fulcrum. Houston, TX: Cornerstones for Kids.

Kagan, S. L., & Weissbourd, B. (2007). Family support: A force for change. In J. L. Aber, S. J. Bishop-Josef, S. M. Jones, K. T. McLearn, & D. A. Phillips (Eds.), Child development and social policy: Knowledge for action (pp. 249-264).Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

2006

Kagan, S. L. (2006). American early childhood education: Preventing or perpetuating inequity? (Research Review No. 1). New York: Teachers College, Campaign for Educational Equity.

Kagan, S. L., Carroll, J., Comer, J., & Scott-Little, C. (2006). Alignment: A missing link in early childhood transitions? Young Children , 61 (5), 26-32.

Kagan, S. L., & Kauerz, K. (2006). Making the most of kindergarten: Trends and policy issues. In D. Gullo (Ed.), Teaching and learning in the kindergarten year (pp. 161-170). Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Kagan, S. L., & Kauerz, K. (2006). Preschool programs: Effective curricula. In R. E. Tremblay, R. G. Barr, & R. DeV. Peters (Eds.), Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. Montreal, Quebec: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development. Available: http://www.excellence-earlychil dhood.ca/documents/Kagan -KauerzANGxp.pdf .

Scott-Little, C., Kagan, S. L., & Frelow, V. (2006). Conceptualization of readiness and the content of early learning standards: The intersection of policy and research? Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 21, 153-173.

Scott-Little, C., Kagan, S. L., & Frelow, V. S. (2006). State standards for children's learning: What do they mean for child care providers? Child Care Information Exchange , 168 , 27-34.

2005

Kagan, S. L., & Lowenstein, A. (2005). Parenting education: Cultural accelerator or reflector? In L. Harrison & J. Kagan (Eds.), Developing cultures: Essays on cultural change . Oxford, UK: Routledge Press.

Kagan, S. L., & Britto, P. R. (2005). Going global with indicators of child development. UNICEF Final Report. New York, NY: UNICEF.

Kagan, S. L., Britto, P. R., Kauerz, K., & Tarrant, K. (2005). Washington State early learning and development benchmarks . Olympia, WA: Office of the Governor and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Scott-Little, C., Kagan, S. L., & Frelow, V. S. (2005). Inside the content: The breadth and depth of early learning standards. Creating the conditions for success with early learning standards . Greensboro, NC: University of North Carolina, SERVE.

2004

Kagan, S. L. (2004). A conversation with Sharon Lynn Kagan. In M. R. Jalongo & J. P. Isenberg (Eds.), Exploring your role: A practitioner's introduction to early childhood education . Columbus, OH: Merrill/Prentice Hall.

Kagan, S. L. (2004). Improving urban student achievement through early childhood reform: What state policymakers can do . Denver, CO: Education Commission of the States.

Kagan, S. L., & Lowenstein, A. E. (2004). School readiness and children's play: Contemporary oxymoron or compatible option? In E. F. Zigler, D. G. Singer, & S. J. Bishop-Josef (Eds.), Children's play: The roots of reading (pp. 59-76). Washington, DC: ZERO TO THREE Press.

Kagan, S. L., & Scott-Little, C. (2004). Early learning standards: Changing the parlance and practice of early childhood education. Phi Delta Kappan, 85(5), 388-396.

Britto, P. R., & Kagan, S. L. (2004). Going global with indicators of child well-being: using the standards approach. UNICEF Technical Report. New York, NY: UNICEF.

Carroll, J., Ochshorn, S., Kagan, S. L., & Fuller, B. (2004). Effective investments in early care and education: What can we learn from research? (Child Care and Early Education Research and Policy Series Report No. 1). Denver, CO: National Conference of State Legislatures.

Fuller, B., Kagan, S., Loeb, S., & Chang, Y. (2004). Child care quality: Centers and home settings that serve poor families. Early Childhood Research Quarterly , 19, 505-527.

Loeb, S., Fuller, B., Kagan, S. L., Carrol, B., & Carroll, J. (2004). Child care in poor communities: Early learning effects of type, quality, and stability. Child Development , 75(1), 47-65.

Lowenstein, A. E., Ochshorn, S., Kagan, S. L., & Fuller, B. (2004). T he effects of professional development efforts and compensation on quality of early care and education services . (Child Care and Early Education Research and Policy Series Report No. 2). Denver, CO: National Conference of State Legislatures.

Ochshorn, S., Kagan, S. L, Carroll, J., Lowenstein, A. E., & Fuller, B. (2004). The effects of regulation on the quality of early care and education (Child Care and Early Education Research and Policy Series Report No. 3).Denver, CO: National Conference of State Legislatures.

Rigby, E., Kagan, S. L., Ochshorn, S., & Fuller, B. (2004). I nfant and toddler care: Meeting the needs of families with options that work . (Child Care and Early Education Research and Policy Series Report No. 4). Denver, CO: National Conference of State Legislatures.

2003

Kagan, S.L. (2003). Advancing child abuse and neglect protective factors: The Role of the early care and education infrastructure . Center for the Study of Social Policy.

Kagan, S. L., & Neuman, M. J. (2003). Back to basics: Building an early care and education system. In F. Jacobs, D. Wertlieb, & R. M. Lerner (Eds.), Handbook of applied developmental science: Vol. 2. Enhancing the life chances of youth and families. Contributions of programs, policies, and service systems (pp. 329-345) . Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Kagan, S. L., & Neuman, M. J. (2003). Integrating early care and education. Educational Leadership, 60 (7), 58-64.

Kagan, S. L., & Rigby, E. (2003). Policy matters: Setting and measuring benchmarks for state policies . Washington, DC: Center for the Study of Social Policy.

Kagan, S. L., & Rigby, E. (2003). State policies that work: A series of policy briefs from the Policy Matters project . Washington, DC: Center for the Study of Social Policy.

Kagan, S. L., Scott-Little, C., Frelow, V. S. (2003). Early learning standards for young children: A survey of the states. Young Children. 58(4), 58-76.

Scott-Little, C., Kagan, S. L., Clifford, R. M. (2003). Assessing the state of state assessments: Perspectives on assessing young children . Greensboro, North Carolina: University of North Carolina, SERVE.

Scott-Little, C., Kagan, S. L., Frelow, V. S. (2003). Standards for preschool children's learning and development: Who has the standards, how were they developed, and how were they used? Greensboro, North Carolina: University of North Carolina, SERVE.

2002

Kagan, S. L. (2002). Equal access to early learning . Washington, DC: The National Black Child Development Institute.

Kagan, S. L. (2002). Financing early care and education. Equal access to early learning . Washington, DC: The National Black Child Development Institute.

Kagan, S. L., Brandon, R. N., Ripple, C. H., Maher, E. J., & Joesch, J. (2002). Supporting quality early childhood care and education: Addressing compensation and infrastructure. Young Children , 57 (3), 58-65.

Kagan, S. L., & Hallmark, L. G. (2002). The pendulum of early childhood curriculum: A story of changing contexts and ideologies. In V. Sollars (Ed.), Curricula, policies and practices in early childhood education (pp. 12-22). Malta: Ministry of Education.

Clifford, R. M., Kagan, S. L., Cochran, M., & Fu, V. (2002). Challenges for early childhood education and care policy. In D. Cryer (Ed.), Early childhood education and care in the USA: Policy and state of the art at the millennium . Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.

Fuller, B., Caspary, G., Kagan, S. L., Gauthier, C., Carroll, J., & McCarthy, J. (2002). Does maternal employment influence poor children's social development? Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 17 (4), 470-497.

Fuller, B., Kagan, S. L., Caspary, G., & Gauthier, C. (2002). Has welfare reform advanced child-care options for poor families? The Future of Children , 12 (1), 97-119.

2001

Kagan, S. L. (2001). Back to basics: Essential components of an American early care and education system . Albany, NY: New York State Department of Education.

Kagan, S. L. (2001). Giving America's young children a better start: A change brief . Denver, CO: Education Commission of the States.

Kagan, S. L., & Hallmark, L. G. (2001). Cultivating leadership in early care and education. Child Care Information Exchange , 140 , 7-12.

Kagan, S. L., & Hallmark, L. G. (2001). Early care and education policies in Sweden: Implications for the United States. Phi Delta Kappan , 83 (3), 237-254.

Kagan, S. L., & Hallmark, L. G. (2001). Facing Janus: Leadership in early care and education. State Education Leader , 19 (2), 5-6.

Fuller, B., Chang, Y.-W., Suzuki, S., & Kagan, S. L. (2001, August). Child-care aid and quality for California families: Focusing on San Francisco and Santa Clara counties ( PACE Working Paper 01-2). Berkeley: PACE.

Holloway, S. D., Kagan, S. L., Fuller, B., Tsou, L., & Carroll, J. (2001). Assessing child care quality with a telephone interview. Early Childhood Research Quarterly , (16), 165-189.

P eisner-Feinberg, E. S., Burchinal, M. R., Clifford, R. M., Culkin, M. L., Howes, C., Kagan, S. L., et al. (2001). The relationship of preschool child care quality to children's cognitive and social developmental trajectories through second grade. Child Development, 72 (5), 1534-1553.

2000

Kagan, S. L. (2000). Financing the field: From mistakes to high stakes. Tenth presidential essay. Young Children , 55 (3), 4-5.

Kagan, S. L. (2000). Foreward. In M. L. Culkin (Ed.), Managing quality in young children's programs (pp. ix-xi). New York: Teachers College Press.

Kagan, S. L. (2000). Making assessment count...what matters. Ninth presidential essay. Young Children , 55 (2), 4-5.

Kagan, S. L. (2000). On beginning a new millennium. Eighth presidential essay. Young Children , 55 (1), 4-5.

Kagan, S. L. (2000). On being president: Heart, head, and hands. Twelfth presidential essay. Young Children , 55 (5), 4-5.

Kagan, S. L. (2000). What's in a name? Eleventh presidential essay. Young Children , 55 (4), 4.

Kagan, S. L., & McLearn, K. T. (2000). Supporting infants and toddlers: The nascent policy agenda. In D. Cryer & T. Harms (Eds.), Infants and toddler in out-of-home care (pp. 296-308). Baltimore: Paul Brookes Publishing Company.

Kagan, S. L. & Neuman, M. J. (2000). Early care and education: Current issues and future strategies. In S. J. Meisels & J. P. Shonkoff (Eds.), Handbook of early childhood intervention (pp. 339-360). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Kagan, S. L., Verzaro-O'Brien, M., Kim, U., & Formica, M. (2000). Head Start-Child Care partnership study . New Haven: Yale University Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy.

Brandon, R. N., Kagan, S. L., & Joesch, J. M. (2000). Design choices: Universal financing for early care and education . Seattle, WA: Human Services Policy Center.

Fuller, B. & Kagan, S. L. (2000). Remember the children: Mothers balance work under welfare reform. Growing up in poverty project, Wave 1 findings— California, Connecticut, Florida. Berkeley, California: University of California.

Mensing, J., French, D., Fuller, B., & Kagan, S. L. (2000). Child care selection under welfare reform: How mothers balance work requirements and parenting. Early Education and Development , 11 (5), 573-595.

1999

Kagan, S. L. (1999). A5: Redefining 21st-century early care and education. Seventh presidential essay. Young Children , 54 (6), 2-3.

Kagan, S. L. (1999). Cracking the readiness mystique. Sixth presidential essay. Young Children , 54 (5), 2-3.

Kagan, S. L. (1999). Early childhood education and care policy in Sweden . Paris, France: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Kagan, S. L. (1999). Going beyond “z.” Third presidential essay. Young Children , 54 (2), 2.

Kagan, S. L. (1999). On leadership in the coming era. Fifth presidential essay. Young Children , 54 (4), 2-3.

Kagan, S. L. (1999). Painting a new “think:” An early care and education system? Fourth presidential essay. Young Children , 54 (3), 2.

Kagan, S. L. (1999). The more things change, the more they stay the same: Fact or fiction? Second presidential essay. Young Children , 54 (1), 2.

Kagan, S. L., & Wechsler, S. (1999). Changing realities: Changing research. In S. Reifel (Ed.), Advances in early education and day care (pp. 41-67). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Kim, U., & Kagan, S. L. (1999). Stepping back and looking forward: Thinking about assessment for young children. Instructional Leader , XII (5), 1-5.

Peisner-Feinberg, E. S., Burchinal, M. R., Clifford, R. M., Culkin, M. L., Howes, C., Kagan, S. L., Yazejian, N., Byler, P., Rustici, J., & Zelazo, J. (1999). The children of the cost, quality, and outcomes study go to school . Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center.

1998

Kagan, S. L. (1998). Using a theory of change approach in a national evaluation of family support programs. In K. Fulbright-Anderson, A. C. Kubisch, & J. P. Connell (Eds.), New approaches to evaluating community initiatives: (Vol. 2). Theory, measurement, and analysis (pp. 113-121). Washington, DC: Aspen Institute Roundtable.

Kagan, S. L., & Neuman, M. J. (1998). Three decades of transition research: What does it tell us? Elementary School Journal: Special Issue on Transitions , 98 (4), 365-380.

Shepard, L. A., Kagan, S. L., & Wurtz, E. O. (1998). Goal 1 early childhood assessment resource group recommendations. Young Children , 53 (3), 52-54.

Shepard, L. A., Kagan, S. L., & Wurtz, E. O. (1998). Principles and recommendations for early childhood assessments . Washington, DC: National Education Goals Panel.

Shepard, L. A., Taylor, G. A., & Kagan, S. L. (1998). Trends in early childhood assessment policies and practices . Washington, DC: National Education Goals Panel.

1997

Kagan, S. L. (1997). Support systems for children, youths, families, and schools in inner-city situations. Education and Urban Society , 29 (3), 277-295.

Kagan, S. L., & Bowman, B. T. (1997). Leadership in early care and education: Issues and challenges. In S. L. Kagan & B. T. Bowman (Eds.), Leadership in early care and education (pp. 3-8). Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Kagan, S. L., & Cohen, N. E. (1997). Not by chance: Creating an early care and education system for America's children [Abridged version] . New Haven: Yale University Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 417 027)

Kagan, S. L., & Neuman, M. J. (1997). Conceptual leadership. In S. L. Kagan & B. T. Bowman (Eds.), Leadership in early care and education (pp. 59-64). Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Kagan, S. L., & Neuman, M. J. (1997). Defining and implementing school readiness: Challenges for families, early care and education, and schools. In R. P. Weissberg, T. P. Gullotta, R. L. Hampton, B. A. Ryan, & G. R. Adams (Eds.), Healthy children 2010: Establishing preventative services (pp. 61-96). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishers.

Kagan, S. L., Rosenkoetter, S., & Cohen, N. E. (Eds.). (1997). Considering child-based results for young children: Definitions, desirability, feasibility, and next steps . New Haven: Yale University Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 414 997)

Bowman, B. T., & Kagan, S. L. (1997). Moving the leadership agenda. In S. L. Kagan & B. T. Bowman (Eds.), Leadership in early care and education (pp. 155-160). Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Cohen, N. E., & Kagan, S. L. (Eds.). (1997). Funding and financing early care and education: A review of issues and strategies . New Haven: YaleUniversity Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy.1996

Kagan, S. L. (1996). America's family support movement: A moment of change. In E. Zigler, S. L. Kagan, & N. Hall (Eds.), Children, families, and government: Preparing for the 21st century (pp. 156-170). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Kagan, S. L. (1996). Human development: Research and social policy. International Encyclopedia of Education (pp. 59-62). Oxford, England: Pergamon Press.

Kagan, S. L., & Cohen, N. E. (1996). A vision for a quality early care and education system: Quality programs and a quality infrastructure. In S. L. Kagan & N. E. Cohen (Eds.), Reinventing early care and education (pp. 309-332). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Kagan, S. L., Cohen, N. E., & Neuman, M. J. (1996). The changing context of American early care and education. In S. L. Kagan & N. E. Cohen (Eds.), Reinventing early care and education: A vision for a quality system (pp. 1-18). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Kagan, S. L., Cohen, N. E., Hailey, L., Pritchard, E., & Colen, H. (1996). Toward a new understanding of family support: A review of programs and a suggested typology . Cambridge, MA: Abt Associates.

Kagan, S. L., & Neuman, M. J. (1996, Spring). Family support: Program, philosophy, approach, or movement? Early Childhood Update , 1 (4).

Kagan, S. L., & Neuman, M. J. (1996, January). The relationship between staff education and training and quality in child care programs. Child Care Information Exchange , 65-70.

Kagan, S. L., & Neville, P. R. (1996). Combining endogenous and exogenous factors in the shift years: The transition to school. In A. Samaroff & M. Haith (Eds.), The five to seven year shift: The age of reason and responsibility . (pp. 387- 405). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Kagan, S. L., & Pritchard, E. (1996). Linking services for children and families: Past legacy, future possibilities. In E. Zigler, S. L. Kagan, & N. Hall (Eds.), Children, families, and government: Preparing for the 21st century (pp.378-393). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Cohen, N. E., & Kagan, S. L. (1996). Getting from here to there: The process andthe players for realizing a quality early care and education system. In S. L.Kagan & N. E. Cohen (Eds.), Reinventing early care and education: A vision for a quality system (pp. 333-347). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

1995

Cost, Quality, & Child Outcomes Study Team. (1995). Cost, quality and child outcomes in child care centers: Executive summary. Young Children , 50 (4), 40-44.

Kagan, S. L. (1995). By the bucket: Achieving results for young children. Washington, DC: National Governors Association.

Kagan, S. L. (1995). Educational reform: Impertinent issues and pertinent questions. Voices from the field: What new governors need to know about education reform . Washington, DC: National Governors Association.

Kagan, S. L. (1995). Normalizing preschool education: The illusive imperative. In H. Passow (Ed.), The National Society for the Study of Education, 95th Yearbook (pp. 84-101). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Kagan, S. L., Moore, E., & Bredekamp, S. (Eds.). (1995). Reconsidering children's early development and learning: Toward shared beliefs and vocabulary . Washington, DC: National Education Goals Panel.

1994

Kagan, S. L. (1994). Defining and achieving quality in family support. In S. L. Kagan & B. Weissbourd (Eds.), Putting families first: America's family support movement and the challenge of change (pp. 375-400). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Kagan, S. L. (1994). Defining the early childhood field collaborative . Columbus, OH: Ohio Early Childhood Special Education Consortium.

Kagan, S. L. (1994). Early care and education: Beyond the fishbowl. Phi Delta Kappan , 76 (1), 184-187.

Kagan, S. L. (1994). Leadership: Rethinking it—making it happen. Young Children , 49 (5), 50-54.

Reprinted. (1994). Background readings: Third Annual Conference of NAEYC National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development . Chicago, IL.

Kagan, S. L. (1994). Readying schools for young children: Polemics and priorities. Phi Delta Kappan , 76 (1), 226-233.

Reprinted in Japanese. (1997). Warnings against early formal education . Tokyo, Japan: Soshin Publishers.

Kagan, S. L., & Neville, P. R. (1994). Family support and school-linked services. Family Resource Coalition Report , 12 (3&4), 4-6.

Kagan, S. L., & Weissbourd, B. (1994). Toward a new normative system of family support. In S. L. Kagan & B. Weissbourd (Eds.), Putting families first: America's family support movement and the challenge of change (pp. 473-490). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

1993

Kagan, S. L. (1993). Entitlement in early care and education: A tale of two rights. In M. A. Jensen & S. Goffin (Eds.), Visions of entitlement: The care and education of young children (pp. 3-30). Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Kagan, S. L. (1993). The research-to-policy connection: Moving beyond incrementalism. In B. Spodek (Ed.), The handbook of research on the education of young children (pp. 506-5l8). New York: MacMillan Publishing Company.

Kagan, S. L., & The Essential Functions and Change Strategies Task Force (1993). The essential functions of the early care and education system: Rationale and definition . New Haven: Yale University Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy.

Reprinted. (1995). Champaign, IL: ERIC Clearinghouse.

Kagan, S. L., & Neville, P. R. (1993). Parent choice in early care and education: Myth or reality . White Plains, NY: The A. L. Mailman Family Foundation.

Reprinted. (1994). Zero to Three: National Center for Clinical Infant Programs , 14 (4), 11-17.

Reprinted. (1993). Champaign, IL: ERIC Clearinghouse.

1992

Kagan, S.L. (1992). Birthing collaborations in early care and education: A polemic of pain and promise. In D. Steglin (Ed.), Early childhood education: Policy issues for the 1990's (pp. 31-49). Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishing.

Kagan, S. L. (1992). Collaborating to meet the readiness agenda: Dimensions and dilemmas. Ensuring student success through collaboration . Washington, DC: The Council of Chief State School Officers.

Kagan, S. L. (1992). Head Start, families and schools: Creating transitions that work. National Head Start Association Journal , 10 (3), 40-43.

Kagan, S. L. (1992). Implementing programs and policies for young children and their families: Who is responsible? In E. Johnson & K. Borman (Eds.), Effective schooling for economically disadvantaged students: School-based strategies for diverse student populations (pp. 29-47). Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishing.

Kagan, S. L. (1992). The readiness goal. The GAO Journal , 16 , 12-18.

Kagan, S. L. (1992). Readiness past, present, and future: Shaping the agenda. Young Children , 48 (1), 48-53.

Kagan, S. L. (1992). Ready or not: Collaboration is fulcrum on which the readiness goal rests. The School Administrator , 49 (5), 14-18.

Kagan, S. L. (1992). Young children and education…First, at last. Elementary School Principal , 71 (5), 6-8.

Reprinted. (1993). The Kansas School Board Journa l. Topeka, KS: Kansas Association of School Boards.

Kagan, S. L., Costley, J., Landesman, L., Marx, F., Neville, P. R., Parker, S., & Rustici, J. (1992). Family education and training: Obstacles, opportunities, and outcomes for low-income mothers (Center Report No. 4). Baltimore: Center on Families, Communities, Schools and Children's Learning.

Kagan, S. L. & Lonow, D. (1992). Prekindergarten: School-based programs. In L. Williams & D. Fromberg (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Education (pp. 135-136). New York: Garland Publishing, Inc.

Kagan, S. L., Rivera, A. M., Brigham, N., & Rosenblum, S. (1992). Collaboration: Cornerstone of an early childhood system . New Haven: Yale University Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy.

Levy, J., Kagan, S. L., & Copple, C. (1992). Are we ready? Collaboration to support young children and their families . Washington, DC: American Public Welfare Association and Council of Chief State School Officers.

1990

Kagan, S.L. (1990) Readiness 2000: Rethingking rhetoric and responsibility. Phi Delta Kappan, 72 (4), 272-289.

grants

2009-2010, Neukom Family Foundation: [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To support the promotion and dissemination of the research generated by the National Center for Children and Families.

2008-2009, United Way of Delaware: To assist Delaware in assessing their public policies for young children.

2008-2009, Bernard Van Leer Foundation: To develop a compendium on the history, development, uses, and challenges facing the global standards movement.

2008-2009, Kellogg Foundation: To advance transition and alignment efforts for young children.

2008-2009, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): To generate models of credentialing mechanisms that will promote quality in the early childhood workforce.

2008-2009, Neukom Family Foundation: [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To support the promotion and dissemination of the research generated by the National Center for Children and Families.

2007-2009, Marx Family Foundation: [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To provide an endowment for the National Center for Children and Families.

2007-2008, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare: To assist Pennsylvania in the development of an early childhood accountability system.

2007-2008, Neukom Family Foundation: [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To support the promotion and dissemination of the research generated by the National Center for Children and Families.

2007-2008, United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF: To expand the development, validation, and implementation of early learning standards in three additional regions: Africa, East Asia, and South America.

2007-2008, United Way of New York City: [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To establish a common assessment process for all publicly funded early care and education programs in New York City.

2007-2008, Voices for Utah Children: To assist Utah in assessing their public policies for young children.

2006-2007, United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF: To develop, validate, and implement early learning standards in six countries.

2006-2007, Children’s Services Council of Florida: To assist Florida in assessing their public policies for young children.

2006-2007, West Virginia Kids Count: To assist West Virginia in assessing their public policies for young children.

2005-2007, Marx Family Foundation: [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To provide an endowment for the National Center for Children and Families.

2005-2006, Cornerstones for Kids: To assess the state of the non-parental workforce that educates and cares for children under the age of five in the U.S.

2003-2005, Marx Family Foundation: [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To provide an endowment for the National Center for Children and Families.

2003-2004, Washington State: To develop early learning standards for the state.

2003-2007, U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences : [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To support implementation of a rigorous evaluation of Between the Lions.

2003-2004, Neukom Family Foundation: [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To develop and implement a dissemination strategy for the National Center for Children and Families.

2003-2004, United Nations International Children's Fund: [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To assist selected countries in developing early learning standards.

2002-2004, The Carnegie Corporation of New York: To assist selected states in determining the costs of an early care and education system.

2002-2004, The University of Mississippi: To assist Mississippi in determining the costs of an early care and education system.

2001-2006, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children, Youth and Families: [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To implement and assess assessment-driven curriculum and instruction in Head Start programs.

2001-2003, David and Lucile Packard Foundation: [With Richard Brandon] To assist policymakers in determining the costs of an early care and education system via the development of policy tools.

2000-2001, A. T. Mailman Family Foundation: [With Richard Clifford] To assess the state of state assessments for young children's readiness for school.

1999-2001, The Carnegie Corporation of New York: [With Richard Brandon] To determine the infrastructure costs of the early care and education system, and to disseminate the model in two states.

1999-2001, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund: To create policy briefs for the Connecticut legislature and policymakers by working collaboratively with leading organizations and individuals state-wide.

1999-2000, John T. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: [With Bruce Fuller] To assess the feasibility of developing an integrated dissemination strategy involving the nation's major research studies on the impact of welfare reform on children and families.

1998-2000, A. T. Mailman Family Foundation: [With Richard Brandon] To work with selected states to develop and implement universal financing systems for early care and education.

1998-2000, Spencer Foundation: [With Bruce Fuller] To assess the magnitude of change in young children's home and non-parental learning environments as a result of welfare reform.

1997-2000, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation: [With Richard Brandon] To survey and report on states' approaches to financing early care and education.

1997-2000, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation: With Richard Brandon] To develop a financing model that will determine the resources necessary to finance state and federal systems of early care and education, given different parameters (e.g., utilization, service variations).

1997, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children, Youth, and Families, Child Care Bureau: [With Bruce Fuller] To determine the effects of welfare reform on children and parents, parental child care choices, and the supply and quality of child care providers.

1997-2000, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement
[With Bruce Fuller] To assess the magnitude of change in young children's home and non-parental learning environments as a result of welfare reform.

1997-1998, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation: [With Bruce Fuller] To develop research instruments to assess children's accomplishments and maternal choices in selcting child care.

1996-1998, The Carnegie Corporation of New York: To disseminate and implement the Quality 2000 Initiative.

1996-1998, A.L. Mailman Family Foundation: To disseminate and implement the Quality 2000 Initiative.

1996-1999, U.S. Department of Education: [With Richard Clifford, Carolee Howes, and Mary Culkin] To examine the impact of child care on children's outcomes in first and second grades.

1995-1997, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation: To examine the funding and financing of the early care and education system.

1995-1997, A.L. Mailman Family Foundation: [With Barbara Bowman] To examine the theory and practice of leadership development in early childhood education.

1995-1997, W.K. Kellogg Foundation: To examine the desirability and feasibility of moving toward child-based results in early care and education.

1994-1999, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: [With Abt Associates] To examine the effects of American family support programs on children, families, institutions, and communities.

1993-1996, W.T. Grant Foundation: [With Richard Clifford, Carollee Howes, and Suzanne Helburn] To examine the relationship between child outcomes and the cost and quality of American child care.

1993-1994, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation: [With Stacie Goffin] To examine early childhood systems reform and service integration efforts in four states.

1992-1996, The Carnegie Corporation of New York: To examine the challenges and strategies associated with implementing quality early care and education services by the year 2000.

1992-1995, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: To examine the impact of a family education and training program on Head Start children and their mothers.

1992-1994, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, Pew Charitable Trusts, Smith Richardson Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation: [With Suzanne Helburn, Richard Clifford, and Carollee Howes] To examine the cost, quality, and outcomes of American child care.

1992-1994, A.L. Mailman Family Foundation: [With Bernice Weissbourd] To examine the current context of family support in America.

1991-1996, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: [With Mathtech, National Center for Children in Poverty, National Governors Association, and Iowa Child & Family Policy Center] To establish a center to investigate and disseminate information on service integration.

1990-1995, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Center on Families, Communities, Schools and Children's Learning: To develop and analyze the effects of a training/parenting/job training program on low-income mothers and their preschool children.

1990-1992, The Carnegie Corporation of New York: To examine the context, process, and outcomes of collaborations in early care and education.

1990-1991, The Rockefeller Brothers Foundation: To assess discontinuities in America's training delivery system for family day care, center-based, and early childhood teachers and providers.

1990-1991, The Carnegie Corporation of New York: To conduct a national telephone survey of effective collaborations in early care and education.

1989-1990, A.L. Mailman Family Foundation: To review the literature on coordination, cooperation, and collaboration in business, industry, and education, including special education and early childhood education.

1983-1988, Rosenberg Foundation: [With James Newton] To compare quality in profit and non-profit child care centers.

1981-1983, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children, Youth, and Families: [With Edward Zigler] To provide national training and research fellowships for minority scholars in child development and social policy.

1978-1988, The Bush Foundation: [With Edward Zigler] To establish a national network of four training/research centers in child development and social policy; to establish and sustain a training/research center in child development and social policy at Yale University.

professional organization membership

Current Professional Activities (2002-2003)

  • Distinguished Senior Fellow, Education Commission for the States.
  • Trustee, Wheelock College.
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Yearbook on Farly Childhood Fducation, Teachers College Press.
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Family, Community, & Disability Series, Paul Brookes Publishing Company.
  • Member, Consulting Editorial Board, NHSA Dialog, National Head Start Association, Washington, DC.
  • Member, National Institute for Early Education Research Advisory Board.
  • Member, High/Scope Educational Research Foundation Ready Schools Advisory Board.
  • Member, National Center for Family Literacy Advisory Board.
  • Member, Nova University, Family and School Center Advisory Committee. Mmberr, Bright Horizons Advisory Board.
  • Member, Nickelodeon Jr. Advisory Board.
    Member, Parents Magazine Advisory Board.
  • Consultant, Advisory Committee Member, Journal of Early Childhood Research.
  • Consultant, Sisters of Charity, Canton, OH.
  • Consultant, U.S. Department of Education.
  • Consultant, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Consultant, Center for the Study of Social Policy.
  • Consultant, National Conference of State Legislatures.

Past Professional Activities
International and National

  • Past-President, National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1999-2000.
  • Co-Chair, National Education Goals Panel, Readiness Assessment Panel, 1992-2000.
  • Co-Chair, National Education Goals Panel, Ready Schools Panel, 1996-2000.
  • Congressionally Appointed Member, National Educational Research, Policy, and Priorities Board, U.S. Department of Education, 1994-2000.
  • Member, Advisory Panel to the Center for Psychology in Schools and Education, American Psychological Association, 1999-2001.
  • Member, Committee on Early Childhood Pedagogy, National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, 1998-2000.
  • Member, Committee on Title I Testing, National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, 1997-1999.
  • U.S. Representative to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris), International Review Panel of Sweden's Child and Family Policy, 1999.
  • Member, Advisory Board, Inner City-Inner Child, Washington, DC, 1995-2001.
  • Member, Investing in Student Achievement Advisory Panel, Education Commission of the States, 1998-1999.
  • Member, Institute for Education and Training, Advisory Board, Rand Institute, 1996-1999.
  • Member, Quality Enhancement Project Advisory Board, Center for Applied Child Development, Tufts University, 1994-1998.
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Family Resource Coalition, 1992-1994.
  • Co-Chair, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris), International Study on Public Policies for Early Childhood Care and Education, 1992.
  • Member, Clinton Education Transition Team, 1992.
  • Vice President, Institute for Responsive Education, 1990-1994.
  • Testimony presented before U.S. Congress, Joint Economic Committee, 1989.
  • Testimony presented before U.S. Congress, House Education and Labor Committee, 1989.
  • Testimony presented before National Commission on Children, 1989.
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Zero to Three, 1991-1998.
  • Editorial Board, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 1991-1992.
  • Contributing Editor, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 1987-1989.
  • Commissioner, National Academy of Early Childhood Program Accreditation, 1986.
  • Fellow, United States Senate, June-August 1985.
  • Member, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Transition Advisory Research Panel, 1993-1998.
  • Member, National Institute for Professional Development Advisory Board, National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1991-1998.
  • Member, Contextual Review Panel, Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, National Opinion Research Center, 1994-1998.
  • Member, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Panel on Head Start Family Child Care, 1995-1998.
  • Member, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Panel on Head Start Performance Standards, 1996-1998.
  • Member, Center for Career Development in Early Childhood Education, Wheelock College, 1995-1999.
  • Member, Carnegie Task Force on Learning in the Primary Grades, 1995-1997.
  • Member, National Commission on Head Start Fellows, 1995-1997.
  • Member, National Education Advisory Panel of the New American Schools Development Corporation, 1993-1997.
  • Member, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Panel on Early Head Start Research, 1994-1995.
  • Member, National Head Start Advisory Committee on the Quality and Expansion of Head Start, 1994-1995.
  • Member, The Committee for Economic Development, Research and Policy Committee on Education and Governance, 1993-1995.
  • Member, Public Television for Southern & Central California (KCET), The Puzzle Factory Advisory Board, 1993-1995.
  • Member, National Center for Children in Poverty, Child Care and Early Education Task Force, 1991-1995.
  • Member, U.S. Department of Education, Secretary's Committee on Chapter 1 Testing, 1992-1994.
  • Member, U.S. Department of Education, National Assessment of Chapter 1, Advisory Panel, 1992-1994.
  • Member, U.S. Department of Education, Transition Research Study, National Advisory Panel, 1991-1993.
  • Member, White House/American Enterprise Institute Seminar on Integrated Services for Children and Families, 1991-1992.
  • Member, Harvard University, Center for Health and Human Resources Policy Project on Welfare Reform and Poor Children Advisory Panel, 1991.
  • Member, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Technical Review Panel on Readiness, 1990-1993.
  • Member, National Commission on Low-Income Parents, Communities and their Schools, 1990-1992.
  • Member, Child Welfare League of America, National Day Care Standards Committee, 1990-1992.
  • Member, National Association of State Boards of Education, Readiness Panel, 1990-1992.
  • Member, U.S. Department of Education, Profile of U.S. Child Care Settings, National Advisory Panel, 1990-1992.
  • Member, U.S. Department of Education, Family Education Research Study, National Advisory Panel, 1990-1992.
  • Member, National Head Start Association, 25th Anniversary Silver Ribbon Panel, 1990-1991.
  • Member, The Rockefeller Foundation, Extended Child Care Opportunities, Advisory Panel, 1989-1993.
    Member, Employer-supported Child Care Network, Advisory Board, 1989-1993.
  • Member, Aspen Institute, Seminar on Comprehensive Services to Disadvantaged Children, 1989.
  • Member, National Association for the Education of Young Children Governing Board, 1988-1992.
  • Member, National Association of State Boards of Education, Early Childhood Task Force, 1987-1988.
  • Member, Phi Delta Kappa, National Educational Honor Society, 1983.
  • Member, The Child Development Associate Credentialing Commission, Corporate Planning Committee, 1982-1983.
  • Member, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Head Start Evaluation Design Project, 1980-1981.
  • Consultant, California Master Plan Task Force on School Readiness, 2001-2002.
  • Consultant, Ewing Marion Kauffnan Foundation, 2001-2002.
  • Consultant, U.S. General Accounting Office. 1995-1999.
  • Consultant, Business Round Table, 1992.
  • Consultant, The Carnegie Corporation of New York. 1990-1999.
  • Consultant, Hallmark Corporate Foundation, 1989-1992.
  • Consultant, National Alliance of Business, 1991.
  • Consultant, Pew Charitable Trusts, 1991.
  • Consultant, United Way of America, 1990, 1991.
  • Consultant, Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, 1989-1991.
  • Consultant, U.S. Department of Education, 1988-1991.
  • Consultant, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, 1990.
  • Consultant, Government of Singapore, Ministry of Health, 1989.
  • Consultant, Government of Singapore, Ministry of Community Development, 1989.
  • Consultant, Urban Superintendents, Early Intervention Group, 1989.
  • Consultant, National Junior League, New York City, 1989.
  • Consultant, Intelligy Corporation, 1989.
  • Consultant, Council of Chief State School Officers, 1987-1988. Consultant, Carnegie Corporation of New York, 1987-1988.
  • Consultant, U.S. Department of Education, Secretary Bennett, Round Table on Disadvantaged Children, 1987.
  • Consultant, Canadian Parliamentary Committee on Child Care, 1986.
  • Consultant, The Bush Foundation, 1983-1989.
  • Consultant, Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Human Development, 1983-1986.

State and Local

  • Member, Assessment Technology Advisory Panel, State of Ohio. 1998-1999.
  • Member, University of Missouri Human Development and Family Studies Advisory Board. 1994-1997.
  • Chair, Connecticut Commissioner's Task Force on Educational Services for Four-Year-Old Children, 1984-1985.
  • Gubernatorial Appointee, Connecticut Commission on Children, 1988-1991.
  • Gubernatorial Appointee, Connecticut Child Day Care Council, 1987-1991.
  • Assistant to the Chair and Member, Connecticut Distinguished Citizens' Task Force on Quality Teaching, 1982-1983.
  • Member, New York City Board of Education Task Force on Early Childhood Education, 1987-1988.
  • Member, New York State Council on Children and Families, 1986-1987.
  • Member, National Advisory Committee, Centers in the Parc, Cenvil Corporation, 19841986.
  • Member, Connecticut Committee on Public Expenditures, 1981-1983.
  • Member, State Task Force for the Development of Pre-school Special Education Program Specification, 1977-1979.
  • Consultant, Connecticut Office of Policy and Management. 1994-1998.
  • Consultant, Office of the Governor, Ohio. 1994-1996.
  • Consultant, Delaware Department of Health and Human Services. 1998-1999.
  • Consultant, Florida Partnership for School Readiness. 1999-2000.
  • Consultant, The Rhode Island Foundation. 2000.
  • Consultant, Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii, 1993.
  • Consultant, Colorado Commission on Children and Families, 1991.
  • Consultant, Texas State Department of Education, 1990.
  • Consultant, Oregon Governor and Congressional Leadership, 1989.
  • Consultant, Kansas City Metropolitan Area Regional Council, 1989.
  • Consultant, New Jersey Department of Education, 1989.
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, November 1986.

professional presentations

C&T 4900: Research and independent study: Curriculum and teaching

Masters degree students undertake research and independent study under the direction of a faculty member.

C&T 5514: Seminar in early childhood education

Required of all second-year doctoral students in early childhood education and early childhood special education and open to other post-masters students with permission. Examination of underlying issues and currents in early child-hood education, with formulation of initial research plans.

C&T 6900: Directed research and theory development in curriculum and teaching

Permission required.

C&T 8900: Dissertation advisement in curriculum and teaching

Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D. degree.

Documents & Papers

Curriculum Vitae

Download: Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Centers and Projects

National Center for Children and Families
Website: http://www.policyforchildren.org

The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) advances the policy, education, and development of children and their families.  Housed at Teachers College, Columbia University, NCCF challenges the status quo that perpetuates inequalities among children and families.  The center's work is built on a commitment to eliminate educational, economic, and employment disparities through the production and application of the highest quality scholarship to the most intransigent social problems. NCCF informs and shapes child and family policy through cutting-edge research and analyses; the systematic training of future leaders, scholars, and policy scientists; and the distribution of relevant research to the media, policy makers, and practitioners on the front lines. 

NCCF is co-directed by Teachers College professors Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Child Development and Education and Sharon Lynn Kagan, Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy.

for more information, please visit: http://ccf.tc.columbia.edu/


Sharon Lynn Kagan appeared in the following articles:

Lynn Kagan Assists US DOE in Announcing Recipients of $500 million Federal Pre-School Funding (12/19/2011)

Building a System for Educating the Very Young (11/17/2011)

A Study Co-Led by Kagan Affirms Georgia's Early Learning Standards (8/16/2011)

New Federal Effort is a Huge Step Forward for Early Education (7/12/2011)

Inside the Beltway (5/20/2011)

Publishing Early on Early Childhood Education (5/20/2011)

Education Policy Grounded in Research (5/15/2011)

Celebrating Wellness, in All Its Dimensions (5/4/2011)

The Best Policy (2/7/2011)

Writing the Book on Early Childhood Transitions (2/7/2011)

Sharon Lynn Kagan (1/31/2011)

TEACHERS COLLEGE CREATES EDUCATION POLICY DEPARTMENT (1/13/2011)

The Best Policy (1/13/2011)

2010-11: The Year of Research at TC (11/17/2010)

Kagan Receives Honorary Doctorate in Hong Kong (11/12/2010)

The State of the College: It's the Year of Research at TC (10/26/2010)

Engaged in the Pursuit of Equity (5/20/2010)

Shaping Education for Young and Old (4/1/2010)

Ginsburg, Kagan Call for Math Instruction for Very Young (1/27/2010)

Shaping Education around the World (7/15/2009)

TC's Ginsburg and Kagan Contribute to Major National Report on Math Education (7/2/2009)

About this Special Issue (6/17/2009)

And If You Liked Our Magazine... (5/13/2009)

American Early Childhood: Preventing or Perpetuating Inequity? (4/8/2009 2:55:00 PM)

The Inequities of Early Childhood Education (4/8/2009)

Kagan Aids Early Childhood Education in Central Asia (3/26/2009)

Thinking Big About How to Close the Gap (11/25/2008 3:49:00 PM)

Thinking Big About How to Close the Gap (11/25/2008)

What's The Big Idea? (11/11/2008)

November Calender of events (11/1/2008)

TC's Kagan Offers Advice to the Next President (10/29/2008 10:36:00 AM)

Symposium Asks: Can School Equity Be Created Without First Overcoming the Effects of Poverty? (10/14/2008)

Obama and McCain Education Advisors will Debate at TC (10/10/2008)

What Works in Schools (9/23/2008)

President's Letter: Practice, Theory and Breadth of Focus (4/1/2008)

Team Pre-K (3/31/2008)

New Books from TC Faculty (2/14/2008)

New Books from Teachers College Faculty (1/8/2008)

National Task Force Chaired by TC's Kagan Issues New Recommendations on Pre-K Policy (11/4/2007)

Getting Better All the Time (10/18/2007)

Full-day kindergarten program planned (3/30/2007)

At Monday's Conference, Students Will Run the Show (3/22/2007)

Doing Good Research that Makes an Impact (2/26/2007)

Learning What We Know About Equity (2/26/2007)

Doing Good Research that Makes an Impact (2/2/2007)

The Campaign Launches Major Equity Research Initiative (1/26/2007 4:46:00 PM)

A Celebration of Ideas and Values (1/22/2007)

Workforce Commission Declares Need for Radical Changes in U.S. Education System (1/5/2007 12:23:00 PM)

Teachers College to Inaugurate Susan Fuhrman as Its Tenth President on January 31st, 2007 (12/14/2006)

Tough Choices or Tough Times (12/14/2006)

In With the New (10/27/2006)

Amy Stuart Wells to Head Equity Campaign Research Initiative (10/26/2006 5:37:00 PM)

Wells to Head Equity Campaign Research Initiative (10/25/2006)

2005 at TC: The Year in Review (9/20/2006)

Build It and They Will Come (9/20/2006)

The Levine Years at Teachers College (9/20/2006)

Sound Policy (9/18/2006)

TC: America's Policy Mecca (9/18/2006 1:27:00 PM)

Gates cash will back new plan to help youngest kids thrive $9 million program (7/11/2006)

Office of Policy and Research Announces 24 New Fellowships (7/1/2006)

Early Care and Education (6/27/2006)

Office of Policy and Research Announces 24 New Fellowships (6/27/2006)

Teachers College Hosts Strategic Conference on Early Care and Education (6/13/2006)

Teachers College Hosts Strategic Conference on Early Care and Education (6/8/2006)

Class Quality Is Sticking Point (5/31/2006)

A Dose of Realpolitik (2/24/2006)

A Dose of Realpolitik (2/23/2006)

Student Profile- Pursuing Her Inner Wonk (2/23/2006)

Sharon Lynn Kagan Guest Edits Phi Delta Kappan Issue on Globalization (11/19/2005 1:30:00 PM)

Playing House in High Style (10/25/2005)

In Brief (10/11/2005)

The End of an Era (10/11/2005 11:28:00 AM)

Sharon Lynn Kagan Awarded the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education (9/27/2005)

Three Academics to be Awarded the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education (9/27/2005)

A Timeline of Growth and Change: Arthur E. Levine's Presidency at Teachers College (9/14/2005)

Kagan To Receive Award for Contributions to Education (7/14/2005)

A Conversation With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn (7/6/2005)

2004 at TC: The Year in Review (5/27/2005)

Adding Muscle to the Mission: TC's New Office of Policy and Research (5/27/2005)

TC Announces New Policy/Research Fellows (5/11/2005)

Retention Effects Can Be Long-Lasting (5/10/2005)

Low-Income Children Reap Lifelong Rewards From Pre-K (4/26/2005)

The Next Big Thing (4/12/2005)

Two Public Preschool Programs Close the Achievement Gap (3/29/2005)

Everywhere and Nowhere (2/23/2005)

Everywhere and Nowhere (2/23/2005)

Everywhere and Nowhere (2/8/2005)

Excellence is the Best Policy (1/13/2005)

Kagan Sidebar (1/13/2005)

Georgia Breaks Ground in Early Childhood Policy (1/12/2005)

People in the News (11/14/2004)

A Renewed Sense of Purpose (10/13/2004)

Education Policy Panel Discusses the Real-World Impact of No Child Left Behind (6/7/2004)

Commanding an Audience (6/1/2004)

Gifts & Bequests (6/1/2004)

Sharon Lynn Kagan and Donald Martin Named Associate Deans (4/30/2004)

Measuring Preschool Learning (11/9/2003)

Engaging in Research: An Award-Winning Faculty (8/1/2003)

Standards for Preschoolers (7/1/2003)

In Brief (11/1/2002)

Jonathan Kozol Presents Marx Lecture (11/1/2002)

Working to Make Equity in Education a Reality (10/1/2002)

Mothers and Young Children Are Not Doing Well by Welfare Reform (5/1/2002)

Study Says Welfare Switch Slighted Young (4/17/2002)

Marian Wright Edelman Delivers Annual Marx Lecture (1/1/2002)

Bill Cosby Enchants, Entertains and Educates Teachers College Crowd (9/30/2000)

Faculty Adds Thirteen in Fall Semester, Two in Spring (9/1/2000)

Teachers College: A Leader in Educating Leaders (1/1/2000)

After (and Before) the Bell (1/1/1900)

TC Expert Source Guide (1/1/1900)