ECPIHE: General Information

Overview Document

ECPIHE Overview Document

Project Goals

Goal 1: To prepare individuals to assume policy leadership roles in early childhood.Goal 2: To advance the study of, and experiences related to, early childhood policy in United States IHEs.Goal 3: To create a repertoire of easily accessible, open-access sample tools that will assist in reaching the above goals.Goal 4: To establish and brand a new field of inquiry, Early Childhood Policy (ECP), that builds upon but is distinct from early childhood pedagogy.


Planning, Design, and Data GatheringMarch, 2018 to November, 2019
Document DevelopmentDecember, 2019 to February, 2020
Structural AnalysisDecember, 2019 to August, 2020
ImplementationSeptember, 2020 to August, 2022

Principal Investigators

Sharon Lynn Kagan, Teachers College, Columbia/Yale UniversityKathy Thornburg, University of Missouri

Advisory Group

Susan Catapano, University of Nebraska at KearneyHelen Raikes, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Linda Espinosa, University of Missouri, ColumbiaAisha Ray, Erikson Institute
Bruce Fuller, University of California, BerkeleyAdele Robinson, University of Maryland
Walter Gilliam, Yale UniversityBeth Rous, University of Kentucky
Cathy Grace, University of MississippiCatherine Scott-Little, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Gail Joseph, University of WashingtonLinda Smith, Bipartisan Policy Center
Kristie Kauerz, University of Colorado DenverValora Washington, Formerly of Council for Professional Recognition
Louis Manfra, University of MissouriAlbert Wat, Alliance for Early Success