Kagan, Sharon L. (slk99)

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Kagan, Sharon
Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy and Co-Director of the National Center for Children and Families
Education Policy and Social Analysis

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By Appointment

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

2019

Kagan, S. L. (Ed.). (2019). The early advantage 2: Building systems that work for young children. New York, NY: Teachers College Press

2018

Kagan, S. L. (Ed.). (2018). The early advantage 1: Early childhood systems that lead by example. New York, NY: Teachers College Press

2016

Farrell, A., Kagan, S. L., & Tisdall, E. K. M. (Eds.) (2018). The SAGE handbook of early childhood research. London: SAGE Press.

2015

Kagan, S. L., & Gomez, R. E. (Eds.). (2015). Early childhood governance: Choices and consequences. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

2012

Kagan, S. L., & Kauerz, K. (Eds.). (2012). Early childhood systems: Transforming early learning. New York: Teachers College Press.

2010

Kagan, S. L., & Tarrant, K. (Eds.). (2010). 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 

In press 

Kagan, S. L. (In press). Beyond Monday morning: The Early Advantage examines contexts, services, and governance. Young Children.

Kagan, S. L., & Landsberg, E. (In press). Systems Sciences. In D. F. Gullo, & M. E. Graue (Eds.), The sciences of early childhood education: From diverse perspectives to common practices. Routledge.

Ponguta, L. A., Maldonado, C., Kagan, S. L., Yoshikawa, H., Nieto, A. M., Mateus, A., Aragon, C. A., Rodriguez, A. M., Motta, A., Guerrero, P. A., Varela, L. (In press). Adaptation of the Measuring Early Learning Quality and Outcomes (MELQO) framework to assess the quality of early childhood education settings in Colombia: Implications for Policy and the Sustainable Development Goals. Zeitschrift für Psychologie. 

Reid, J. L., Melvin, A. S., Kagan, S. L., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (In press). Building a unified system for universal pre-k: The example of New York City. Children and Youth Services Review. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.02.030.

Reid, J. L., Scott-Little, C., & Kagan, S. L. (In press). Diverse children, uniform standards: Using early learning and development standards in multicultural classrooms. Young Children.

2019

Kagan, S. L. (2019). Lessons and speculations. In S. L. Kagan (Ed.), The early advantage 2: Building systems that work for young children (pp. 215-232). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Kagan, S. L. (2019). The quest for social strategy. In S. L. Kagan (Ed.), The early advantage 2: Building systems that work for young children (pp. 1-19). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Kagan, S. L., Landsberg, E., Bull, R., & Roth, J. L. (2019). Comprehensive services, funding, and governance. In S. L. Kagan (Ed.), The early advantage 2: Building systems that work for young children (pp. 50-93). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Kagan, S. L., Melvin, S. A., Landsberg, E., Kumpulainen, K., & Reid, J. L. (2019). Knowledgeable and supported teachers and families. In S. L. Kagan (Ed.), The early advantage 2: Building systems that work for young children (pp. 94-140). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Kagan, S. L., Sylva, K., Reid, J. L., & Landsberg, E. (2019). Data to drive improvement. In S. L. Kagan (Ed.), The early advantage 2: Building systems that work for young children (pp. 174-214). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Reid, J. L., Kagan, S. L., Rao, N., & Landsberg, E. (2019). Strong policy foundations. In S. L. Kagan (Ed.), The early advantage 2: Building systems that work for young children (pp. 20-49). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Melvin, S. A., Landsberg, E., & Kagan, S. L. (2019). Informed, individualized, and continuous pedagogy. In S. L. Kagan (Ed.), The early advantage 2: Building systems that work for young children (pp. 141-173). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

2018

Kagan, S. L. (2018). Acting on new narratives. In S. L. Kagan (Ed.), The early advantage 1: Early childhood systems that lead by example (pp. 182-2015). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Kagan, S. L. (2018). Changing the narratives. In S. L. Kagan (Ed.), The early advantage 1: Early childhood systems that lead by example (pp. 1-18). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Kagan, S. L., Gomez, R., & Roth, J. L. (2018). Creating a new era of usable knowledge: Enhancing early childhood development through systems research. In L. Miller, C. Cameron, C. Dalli, & N. Barbour (Eds.), SAGE handbook of early childhood policy. London: SAGE Press.

2017

Kagan, S. L. (2017). More than a program: A binocular view of prekindergarten as an elixir for early childhood reform [Foreword]. In B. Wilinski (Ed.), When pre-k comes to school: Policy, partnerships, and the early childhood education workforce (pp. vii-ix). New York: Teachers College Press.

Kagan, S. L., & Roth, J. L. (2017). Transforming early childhood systems for future generations: Obligations and opportunities. International Journal of Early Childhood, 49(2), 13-154.

Reid, J. L., Kagan, S. L., & Scott-Little, C. (2017). New understandings of cultural diversity and the implications for early childhood policy, pedagogy, and practice. Early Child Development and Care, DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2017.1359582.

Yoshikawa, H., Kagan, S. L., & Ponguta, L. A. (2017). Improving family modality services in Colombia: A preliminary approach to conceptualizing quality. Bogota, Colombia: Report submitted to the Colombia Ministry of Education.

Ponguta, L. A., Yoshikawa, H., & Kagan, S. L. (2017). Current global initiatives to develop population-level indicators of development for children 0 to 3 years. (2017). Bogota, Colombia: Report submitted to the Colombia Ministry of Education.

Yoshikawa, H., Ponguta, L. A., & Kagan, S. L. (2017). Analytic plan for the Colombia Early Learning Quality Instrument (CELQI) and MELQO Child Development and Learning (CDL) Assessment. Bogota, Colombia: Report submitted to the Colombia Ministry of Education.

2016

Kagan, S. L., Tisdall, E. K. M., & Farrell, A. (2016). Future directions in early childhood research: Addressing next-step imperatives. In A. Farrell, S. L. Kagan, & E. K. M. Tisdall (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of early childhood research (pp. 517-534). London: SAGE Press.

Kagan, S. L., Araujo, M. C., Jaimovich, A., & Aguayo Y. C. (2016). Understanding systems theory and thinking: Early childhood education in Latin America and the Caribbean. In A. Farrell, S. L. Kagan, & E. K. M. Tisdall (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of early childhood research (pp. 163-184). London: SAGE Press.

Reid, J. L., Kagan, S. L., & Scott-Little, C. (2016). Maximizing cultural capacity: Advancing standards-based improvements in early childhood education—Culturally responsive early learning standards: A review of the literature. Report submitted to the Foundation for Child Development.

2015

Kagan, S. L. (2015). Conceptualizing ECE governance: Not the elephant in the room. In L. Kagan & R. E. Gomez (Eds.), Early childhood governance: Choices and consequences (pp. 9-29). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Kagan, S. L., & Fox, E. A. (2015). Realising early childhood development’s promise: Building a system of high-quality, equitably distributed, and sustainable services. Every Child Australia, 21(1), 38-39.

Gomez, R. E., Kagan, S. L., & Fox, E. A. (2015). Professional development of the early childhood education teaching workforce in the United States: An overview. Professional Development in Education, 41(2), 169-186.

Reid, J. L., Kagan, S. L., Hilton, M., & Potter, H. (2015). A better start: Why classroom diversity matters in early education. New York, NY and Washington, DC: The Century Foundation and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council.

2014

Kagan, S. L., & Gomez, R. E. (2014). One, two, buckle my shoe: Early mathematics education and teacher professional development. In H. Ginsburg, M. Hyson, & T. Woods (Eds.), Preparing early childhood educators to teach math: Professional development that works (pp. 1-28). Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.

Kagan, S. L., Gomez, R. E., & Friedlander, J. (2014). The status of early care and education: Teacher preparation in the United States (Trans.). In W. E. Fthenakis (Ed.), Early childhood teacher education in focus: Reforms and developments in European and international perspective (pp. 287-322). Bremen, Germany: Bildungsverlag EINS.

2013

Kagan, S. L. (2013). David, Goliath, and the ephemeral parachute: The relationship from a United States perspective. In P. Moss (Ed.), Early childhood and compulsory education: Reconceptualizing the relationship (pp. 130-148). Oxford, England: Routledge.

Kagan, S. L. (2013). Report on Turkish inspection system development: Narrative report. Ankara, Turkey: UNICEF and Ministry of Education.

Kagan, S. L., Castillo, E., Gomez, R. E., & Gowani, S. (2013). Understanding and using early learning standards for young children globally. International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy, 7(2), 53-66.

2012

Kagan, S. L. (2012). Early learning and development standards: An elixir for early childhood systems reform. In S. L. Kagan & K. Kauerz (Eds.), Early childhood systems: Transforming early learning (pp. 55-70). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Kagan, S. L., Tarrant, K., & Kauerz, K. (2012). Planning an early childhood system: Policies and principles matter. In S. L. Kagan & K. Kauerz (Eds.), Early childhood systems: Transforming early learning (pp. 137-154). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

2011

Kagan, S. L., & Friedlander, J. (2011). Universal plus: What’s worth doing is worth doing well. In E. Zigler, W. S. Barnett & W. S. Gilliam (Eds.), The pre-k debates: Current controversies and issues (pp. 42-47). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.

Kagan, S. L., & Gomez, R. E. (2011). BA “plus:” Reconciling reality and reach. In E. Zigler, W. S. Barnett, & W. S. Gilliam (Eds.), The pre-k debates: Current controversies and issues (pp. 68-72). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.   

2010

Kagan, S. L. (2010). Seeing transition through a new prism: Pedagogical, programmatic, and policy alignment. In S. L. Kagan & K. Tarrant (Eds.), Transitions for young children: Creating connections across early childhood systems (pp. 3-17). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.

Kagan, S. L., & Britto, P. (2010). Global status of early learning and development standards. In P. Peterson, E. Baker, & B. McGaw (Eds.), International encyclopedia of education: Volume II (pp. 138-143). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Kagan, S. L., & Tarrant, K. (2010). Integrating pedagogy, practice, and policy: A transitions agenda. In S. L. Kagan & K. Tarrant (Eds.), Transitions for young children: Creating connections across early childhood systems (pp. 313-326). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.

2009

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

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., 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., & Britto, P. R. (2008). Early learning and development standards (ELDS) and going global: Frequently asked questions.  New York, NY: UNICEF.

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.

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., & 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., 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.

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.

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.

2003

Kagan, S. L. (2003). Children’s readiness for school: Issues in assessment. International Journal of Early Childhood, 35(1 & 2), 114-120.

Kagan, S. L. (2003). Leadership in early care and education: Cinderella at the ball. Connections: The Journal of the California Association for the Education of Young Children, 32(1), 12-15.

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

Clifford, R. M., Cochran, M., & Kagan, S. L. (2003). Challenges for early childhood education and care policy. In D. Cryer & R. M. Clifford (Eds.), Early childhood education and care in the USA (pp. 191-210). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.

2002

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

2001

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.

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(2), 165-189.

Peisner-Feinberg, E. S., Burchinal, M. R., Clifford, R. M., Culkin, M. L., Howes, C., Kagan, S. L., & Yazejian, N. (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). Foreword. In M. L. Culkin (Ed.), Managing quality in young children's programs (pp. ix-xi). New York, NY: 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.

2018-2020, Heising-Simons Foundation: [With Kathy Thornburg] To establish the study of early childhood policy in American institutions of higher education.

2017-2019, Maria Cecicilia Soutu Vidigal Foundation and Lemann Foundation: To support the implementation of early childhood programs in seven Brazilian cities.

2017- , Julie Fisher Cummings Early Childhood Education Policy Endowed Scholarship Fund: [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To establish an endowment that will provide support for graduate students in perpetuity.

2017-2018, Buffett Early Childhood Fund: To examine the feasibility of establishing early childhood policy centers in American institutions of higher education.

2016-2021, Rauch Foundation: [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To provide competitive post-doctoral fellowships for the ongoing development of new leaders in early childhood policy in New York City; practical research applicable to strengthening early childhood systems; and periodic research, support and/or advice by the National Center for Children and Families in support of improving New York State’s early childhood infrastructure.

2015-2018, National Center on Education and the Economy: To compare early childhood systems in six high-performing countries and render recommendations regarding how the United States can improve its services to young children and their families.

2015-2017, Foundation for Child Development: [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To evaluate the impact of structure and auspices on New York City’s Pre-school for All program.

2015-2016, Foundation for Child Development: [With Catherine Scott-Little and Jeanne Reid] To review the literature and establish parameters for examining the cultural relevance of early learning and development standards.

2014-2015, State of New Hampshire: [With Catherine Scott-Little, Jeanne Reid] To review and analyze New Hampshire’s early learning and development standards.

2013-2015, Rauch Foundation: [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To provide competitive post-doctoral fellowships for outstanding young scholars pursuing the application of research to public policies impacting young children and their families.

2014-2016, Marx Foundation: [With Jeanne Brooks–Gunn] To contribute to the overall improvement of NCCF’s national outreach efforts; to support 3 fellows annually for 2 years of study.

2013-2014, University of North Carolina/Heising-Simons Foundation: [With Catherine Scott-Little] To set the stage for common early learning and development standards among 10 selected states.

2013-2014, Build Third Sector: [With Catherine Scott-Little] To set the stage for common early learning and development standards among 10 selected states.

2013-2015, Inter-American Development Bank: To develop an institutional framework of early childhood development policies and programs in five countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

2013-2015, Rauch Foundation: [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To provide competitive post-doctoral fellowships for outstanding young scholars pursuing the application of research to public policies impacting young children and their families.

2013-2014, State of Massachusetts: [With Catherine Scott-Little] To examine the alignment of the state’s early learning and development standards with assessments used in the State.

2013-2014, State of Georgia: [With Catherine Scott-Little] To establish the criteria for, and review, preschool curriculum proposals.

2013-2014, State of South Carolina: [With Catherine Scott-Little] To examine the quality and alignment of South Carolina’s early learning and development standards.

2013-2014, State of Ohio - Governor's Office: To review selected Ohio-based research studies to discern their generalizability for policy.

2011-2013, State of Pennsylvania: [With Catherine Scott-Little] To examine the alignment of the state’s early learning and development standards with required preschool and kindergarten curriculum.

2011-2013, State of Georgia: [With Catherine Scott-Little] To examine the alignment of the state’s early learning and development standards with required preschool and kindergarten curriculum.

2011-2013, State of Massachusetts: [With Catherine Scott-Little] To examine the alignment of the state’s early learning and development standards with the proposed assessments.

2011-2012, Heising-Simons Foundation: [With Catherine Scott-Little] To analyze the content of mathematics early learning standards in the United States.

2011-2012, UNICEF Macedonia: [With Pia Rebello-Britto] To analyze the nature and quality of teacher preparation programs in Macedonia.

2011-2012, Rauch Foundation: [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To study the quality, accessibility, and diversity of services available to low-income young children and their families on Long Island.

2011-2012, Marx Family Foundation: [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To provide an endowment for the National Center for Children and Families.

2010-2011, 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.

2009-2011, State of Georgia: [With Catherine Scott-Little] To conduct a multi-stage analysis of Georgia's early learning and development standards for young children birth through grade three.

2009-2010, NYC Administration for Children's Services: [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To assist in the Administration for Children’s Services Performance Measurement System.

2009-2010, Marx Family Foundation: [With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn] To provide an endowment for the National Center for Children and Families.

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.

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.
  • June, 2005 - Distinguished Service Award, Connecticut Early Childhood Education Council, New Haven, Connecticut

  • 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


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

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.

2019 and Upcoming

Kagan, S. L. (2019, July 6). Creating Evaluations for APPI-II. Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation, San Paulo, Brazil.

Kagan, S. L. (2019, May 29). Pedagogical lessons from around the world. East China Normal Conference, Shanghai.  

Kagan, S. L. (2019, May 16). The early advantage: Understanding early childhood systems in context. Understanding The Early Advantage, Washington, D.C.

Kagan, S. L. (2019, April 7). The early advantage: Understanding early childhood systems in context. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada.

Kagan, S. L. (2019, March 8). Global Developments in ECEC. Sri Lanka Early Development Forum, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

2018

Kagan, S. L. (2018, October 17). Early childhood policy in higher education: a new generation of leaders. Grantmakers for Education Conference, San Diego, CA.

Kagan, S. L. (2018, July 6). The Early Advantage: Examining early childhood systems globally - with a Pacific Emphasis. Pacific Early Childhood Education and Research Association, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Kagan, S. L. (2018, June 8). Realising the potential: Thinking fresh and acting smart. Victoria Early Childhood Forum, Melbourne, Australia. 

Kagan, S. L. (2018, May 1). ECE systems: Thinking fresh – acting smart. North Carolina Partnership for Children, National Smart Start Conference, Greensboro, NC. 

Kagan, S. L. (2018, April 23-27). High-quality early education systems: Transforming design into implementation. Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation Meeting, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.  

Kagan, S. L. (2018, April 17). The Early Advantage: A comparative study of early childhood education and care in selected high-performing countries. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

Kagan, S. L. (2018, February 7). Rethinking early childhood education in Maryland. Council of Chief State School Officers, R4K State Consortium Leadership Meeting, Baltimore, MD. 

2017

Kagan, S. L. (2017, October 12). A comparative study of early childhood education and care in selected high-performing countries. International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement Annual General Assembly/Pacific Early Childhood Development Conference, Budapest, Hungary. 

Kagan, S. L. (2017, September 19). Making the case for early childhood development. Governors Educations Symposium. Pacific Early Childhood Development Conference, Denarau Island, Fiji.

Kagan, S. L. (2017, August 9). Global context of quality measurements of early education and Colombia’s results. Mineducaction and World Bank Group, Bogota, Columbia.

Kagan, S. L. (2017, June 13). Cultural diversity in early education settings: Using standards to foster equity and diversity. National Association for the Education of Young Children, San Francisco, CA.

Kagan, S. L. (2017, June 11). States at the helm: The shifting winds for early childhood education. Governors Educations Symposium. National Governors Association, Denver, CO.

Kagan, S. L. (2017, June 1). ECE for Maryland’s tomorrow: Thinking fresh, acting smart. Maryland Commission on Rethinking Education, Annapolis, Maryland.

Kagan, S. L. (2017, May 23). Early childhood policy in institutions of higher education. Buffett Early Childhood Fund and Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Kagan, S. L. (2017, April 24). Systems thinking: Redesigning early childhood special education. University of Connecticut Health Center’s Leadership Institute, Avon, CT.

Kagan, S. L. (2017, March 1). High-quality early childhood development services. Transforming design into implementation. Inter-American Development Bank Seminar, Washington, DC.

Kagan, S. L. (2017, February 27). The early advantage: Lessons from leading countries. National Center on Education and the Economy Board Meeting, Washington, DC.

2016

Kagan, S. L. (2016, November 30). Examining early childhood policy: International perspectives. UNICEF, Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Kagan, S. L. (2016, November 1). Advancing the measurement of young children in Colombia. Colombia Ministry of Education and The World Bank, Bogota, Colombia.

Kagan, S. L. (2016, September 18). Pedagogy in early childhood education and care – Nordic challenges and solutions. Finnish National Board of Education, Helsinki, Finland.

Kagan, S. L. (2016, September 7). Together stronger: Multi-sectional cooperation. International ECD South-South Conference, UNICEF Morocco, Rabat, Morocco.

Kagan, S. L. (2016, August 22). Developing and implementing the curriculum framework for pre-school education in Kosovo. UNICEF Kosovo, Pristina, Kosovo.

Kagan, S. L. (2016, July 21). Transforming early childhood: Innovations for quality and inclusivity. Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Forum, Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Kagan, S. L. (2016, July 6). Transforming early childhood systems for future generations. Keynote presentation. OMEP World Assembly, Seoul, Korea.

Kagan, S. L. (2016, June 21). Measuring quality in Colombia: The CELQI. CPC Learning Network Meeting, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY.

Kagan, S. L. (2016, June 6). Early childhood policy: The role of institutions of higher education. National Association for the Education of Young Children, Baltimore, MD.

Kagan, S. L. (2016, May 2). Facing the future. Keynote presentation on sustainability, quality, and equity. University of Connecticut Health Center’s ECPC Leadership Institute, Avon, CT.

2015

Kagan, S. L. (2015, November 19). Preschool development expansion grantee peer exchange. National Institute for Early Education Research, Rutgers University Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes, New York, NY.

Kagan, S. L. (2015, October 7). Toward a new framework for planning and action in         early childhood systems. Keynote presentation. BUILD, Cleveland, OH.

Kagan, S. L. (2015, August 20). Early childhood quality and transitions. Keynote presentation. Intersectoral Commission for Early Childhood Comprehensive Care, Bogota, Colombia.

Kagan, S. L. (2015, June 25). Transitions: What, why, and how? Issues for policy makers. Keynote presentation. International symposium on transitions in early childhood settings, Fundacion Bancolombia, Medellin, Colombia.

Kagan, S. L. (2015, June 7). Early learning and a contemporary “think.” Special sponsored session. National Association for the Education of Young Children, New Orleans, LA.

Kagan, S. L. (2015, June 7). Governing early childhood education: Options and opportunities. National Association for the Education of Young Children, New Orleans, LA.

Kagan, S. L. (2015, April 30). The changing landscape of early childhood education globally. East China Normal University, Xi’an, China.

Kagan, S. L. (2015, April 24). Achieving quality in early childhood education in Korea. EWHA Women’s University Conference, Seoul, Korea.

Kagan, S. L. (2015, April 16). Enlightened leaders: Using theory to advance action. World Principals’ Forum, Victoria Education Organization, Hong Kong, China.

Kagan, S. L. (2015, February 6). Making this moment count: The challenge and the hope of pre-k! Keynote presentation. Seizing the Moment Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Kagan, S. L. (2015, February 6). The complicated questions around ELDS: Standards without standardization. Seizing the Moment Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.

2014

Kagan, S. L. (2014, November 13). Putting research to work. Shaping the Developing Brain – Prenatal through Early Childhood Conference, New York Academy of Sciences, New York, NY.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, November 6). The institutional architecture of early childhood development policies: A comparative study in 5 LAC countries. Inter-American Development Bank, Bogota, Colombia.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, October 9). An overview of ECE from a systems perspective. Columbia University Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College, New York, NY.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, October 9). Looking forward: Building an early childhood system. Columbia University Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College, New York, NY.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, October 7). Excellence for every child: Standards without standardization. Columbia University Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College, New York, NY.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, October 7). Early childhood and the K-12 system: Continuity, transitions, and alignment. Columbia University Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College, New York, NY.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, October, 29). Early childhood development: A global perspective. Keynote presentation. The National Social Work Conference, Ministry of Social Development, UNICEF Oman, Muscat, Oman.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, October 22). Systems thinking in early childhood: A story of pies, gears, light bulbs, and stars. Early Childhood Personnel Center Leadership Institute, University of Connecticut Health Center, Avon, CT.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, October 23). Leadership for young children. Early Childhood Personnel Center Leadership Institute, University of Connecticut Health Center, Avon, CT.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, September 11). Achieving quality services for young children. Great Beginnings – Promising Futures: Early Childhood and the Queensland Plan, ECEC Network Event, Brisbane, AU.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, September 6). Influencing social policy and government decision-making. Early Childhood Australia National Conference, Melbourne/Brisbane, AU.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, September). Building the legacy: Producing quality, equitable, and sustainable early childhood programs and policies. Early Childhood Australia National Conference, Melbourne/Brisbane, AU.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, September). 10 trends in ECE internationally: An era of changing, thinking, goals, and strategies. Early Childhood Australia National Conference, Melbourne/Brisbane, AU.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, September). Rethinking assessment: Implications for pedagogy, practice, and programs. Early Childhood Australia National Conference, Melbourne/Brisbane, AU.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, August 18). Moving early childhood education from controversial to conventional: Light bulbs, pies, gears, and stars. Keynote presentation. First Things First Early Childhood Summit, Phoenix, AZ.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, July 29). The importance of comprehensive standards. Keynote presentation. Governor’s Institute P-3 Collaboration, Pennsylvania Department of Education, State College, PA.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, July 1). The institutional architecture of early childhood development policies and programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, June 8). The content of early learning and development standards: What’s in, what’s out, and what does it mean? National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Development Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, June 2). Collaborations: The cat with nine lives. University of Connecticut Health Center’s Early Childhood Personnel Center’s Leadership Institute, Farmington, CT.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, May 2). Early childhood policies: An ode to Brown vs. Board of Education. Brown Anniversary Conference, Teachers College, Columbia  University, New York, NY.

Kagan, S. L. (2014, March 6). Early childhood education: The promise and the prognosis. Keynote presentation. Towson University Signature Forum, Towson, MD.

2013

Kagan, S. L. (2013, December 9). Backlash against testing in early childhood education. Teachers College 125th Year Celebration: Testing Then and Now, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Kagan, S. L. (2013, November 19). The documented effects and impacts of ECC   programs on children and women. International Seminar on Early Childhood and Care Systems in Latin America and Europe, Inter-American Development Bank, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Kagan, S. L. (2013, October 24). Enhancing and ensuring quality with equity. University of Hong Kong’s International Forum on Kindergarten Education, Hong Kong, China.

Kagan, S. L. (2013, September 19). What is quality in early childhood integral care, and how to manage it? Keynote presentation. Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC.

Kagan, S. L. (2013, June 18). Improving the quality framework for all. Keynote presentation. UNICEF Turkey International Conference, Ankara, Turkey.
           
Kagan, S. L. (2013, June 12). The systems and sub-systems for the provision of early childhood development services: Latin America and the Caribbean. World Bank, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Kagan, S. L. (2013, May 11). Using the revised Iowa early learning standards: Beyond the classroom. Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children’s Professional Development Leadership, Des Moines, IA.

Kagan, S. L. (2013, May 10). Lessons learned in revising, adopting, infusing, implementing, and validating early learning standards. Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children’s Professional Development Leadership, Des Moines, IA.

Kagan, S. L. (2013, May 4). Individual development for early educators: Taking early learning standards from theory to change to practice. CAYL’s Early Educators Fellowship Initiative Speaker Series, Leominster, MA.

Kagan, S. L. (2013, April 16). Early childhood and the K-12 system: Creating alignment. Keynote presentation. Northland Foundation Early Childhood Summit, Duluth, MN.

Kagan, S. L. (2013, March 14). Standards alignment: A first step toward developing a coherent B-3rd grade learning continuum. National Governors Association & Council of Chief State School Officers Policy Forum, Philadelphia, PA.

Kagan, S. L. (2013, March 4). Improving standards: Issues and actions. Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Early Learning Standards Strategic Planning Session, Brookline, MA.

Kagan, S. L. (2013, February 25). Global experiences using the early learning and development standards. Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood and the University of Hong Kong East Asia-Pacific Early Childhood Development Scales Workshop, Hong Kong, China.

Kagan, S. L. (2013, January 31). Overview of systems thinking. Benedum Foundation Early Childhood Information Session, Charleston, WV.

2012

Kagan, S. L. (2012, November 9). Georgia’s pre-k program: Celebrating 20 years—looking back but moving forward. National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Kagan, S. L. (2012, November 8). Can we make the common core state standards uncommonly appropriate for young children? National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Kagan, S. L. (2012, October 19). Early childhood and the K-12 system: The promise and perils of linking systems. The BUILD Initiative, Atlanta, GA.

Kagan, S. L. (2012, September 19). Transition of children from early care & education settings to kindergarten/public schools. Keynote presentation, Maryland State Department of Education Forum. Baltimore, MD.

Kagan, S. L. (2012, September 13). An overview of the history of early learning systems building. The George Washington University Center on Equity and Excellence in Education Conference’s Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center Conference,     Washington, DC.

Kagan, S. L. (2012, August 13). Learning standards: A foundation for educational reform? Connecticut State Department of Education Assessment Forum, Cromwell, CT.

Kagan, S. L. (2012, June 10). Creating early childhood systems: New visions and next steps. National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Development Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Kagan, S. L. (2012, June 8). The content and alignment of early learning standards for mathematics. National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Development Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Kagan, S. L. (2012, June 1). Findings from a national panel. Early Education Advisory Committee Forum. Center for American Progress, Washington, DC.

Kagan, S. L. (2012, May 13). Early learning and development standards support workshop. UNICEF Ankara, Turkey.

Kagan, S. L. (2012, April 20). On eggs and hens: Keeping our eyes on what matters. Keynote presentation. Ohio Early Care & Education Conference, Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children, Columbus, OH.

Kagan, S. L. (2012, April 20). On paper chains and four leaf clovers: The real story of transitions for young children. Ohio Early Care & Education Conference, Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children, Columbus, OH.

Kagan, S. L. (2012, April 16). Roots, rights and responsibilities: Implementing the early   learning challenge. Keynote presentation. Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, Chicago, IL.

Kagan, S. L. (2012, March 29). Learning from our differences: Rethinking pre-service teacher education for children’s successful preK-3 early education. First School Working Conference, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Chapel Hill, NC.

Kagan, S. L. (2012, March 5). Integrating services for young children. Keynote presentation. Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference. University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

2011

Kagan, S. L. (2011, November 7). Policy implications of math standards for young children. Supporting Early Math Learning Conference, University of California, Berkeley School of Education, Berkeley, CA.

Kagan, S. L. (2011, September 27). Young children: The key to building a “wealthy” nation. Keynote presentation. Child Development Network, Singapore.

Kagan, S. L. (2011, September 8).  Developing systems for young children: The Early Learning Challenge Fund. Keynote presentation. First Five Years Fund, Chicago, IL.

Kagan, S. L. (2011, August 29). Using early learning and development standards for teacher training. UNICEF Skopje, Macedonia.

Kagan, S. L. (2011, July 11).  Implementing standards for young children. Keynote presentation. Georgia Early Learning Standards Forum, Bright From the Start – Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, Atlanta, GA.

Kagan, S. L. (2011, June 21). Early learning and development standards support workshop. UNICEF, Asmara, Eritrea.

Kagan, S. L. (2011, April 11). Early childhood education in a time of change: One highly successful approach. Keynote presentation. Sisters of Charity of Canton, Canton, OH.

Kagan, S. L. (2011, February 21). Early childhood: Challenges and opportunities. Keynote presentation. National Early Childhood Care and Education Conference, Republic of Seychelles.

Kagan, S. L. (2011, January 22). Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood. East Asia Pacific Early Childhood Development Scale Workshop, Hong Kong.

2010

Kagan, S. L. (2010, December 9). 20/20: An early childhood vision for Maryland. Keynote presentation. Ready at Five School Readiness Symposium, Baltimore, MD.

Kagan, S. L. (2010, October 15). Bottom up, top down: What we can do to bring about change for children. Gesell Institute Early Childhood Leadership Conference, New Haven, CT.

Kagan, S. L. (2010, September 29). World conference on early childhood care and education: Building the wealth of nations. The Quest for Quality: UNESCO World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education, Moscow, Russia.

Kagan, S. L. (2010, September 13). Early learning and development standards support workshop. UNICEF Swaziland, Mbabane, Swaziland.

Kagan, S. L. (2010, July 20). Models of early childhood service delivery: Policy and operational lessons for the Andean region. The Inter-American Development Bank, Quito, Ecuador.

Kagan, S. L. (2010, June 14). Assessing the quality of early education. Keynote presentation. International Seminar on Assessing the Quality of Early Education, Brazilian Ministry of Education, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Carlos Chagas Foundation, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Kagan, S. L. (2010, May 13). ECE looking forward: A call for excellence, coherence, and equity. McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National-Louis University, Wheeling, IL.

Kagan, S. L. (2010, April 7). Creating an early childhood system: The essential role of collaboration. United States Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Washington, DC.

Kagan, S. L. (2010, March 26). Measuring and replicating success in early childhood education. Yale University School of Management, New Haven, CT.

Kagan, S. L. (2010, March 1). A new framework for transitions in the early years: Pedagogy, programs, and policies. Comparative and International Educational Conference, Chicago, IL.

2009

Kagan, S. L. (2009, June 11). Colloquy on kindergarten, readiness assessments: Purposes, instrumentation, and uses of data. Council of Chief State School Officers Early Childhood Education Assessment and State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Kagan, S. L. (2009, April 6). American early childhood education: Preventing or perpetuating inequity? Teachers College, Columbia University Equity in Education Forum, New York, NY.

Kagan, S. L. (2009, March 31). Linking ready kids to ready schools: Next steps for policy change. SPARK National Policy Forum, Washington, DC.

Kagan, S. L. (2009, February 25). Overview of state early childhood and K-12 data systems. Council of Chief State School Officers Early Childhood Conference, Orlando, FL.

Kagan, S. L. (2009, January 30). Early childhood education in a time of change:  Implications for us! Southern Early Childhood Association Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.


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