Pia Rebello Britto PhD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center; Lecturer & Fellow, McMillan Center for International and Area Studies; Associate Director, Global Policy

Biographical Info

She is known internationally for her work in the areas of early childhood policy and programs in over 40 low and middle income countries for developing integrated systems and policies for early childhood. In particular, she is investigating the role of governance and finance of national systems in achieving equity, access and quality. Dr. Britto has also been involved in several early intervention program evaluations in Africa and Asia, including a six country evaluation of an innovative approach to improve school readiness. Other aspects of her international work include the conceptualization of a measurement model for quality early childhood services and measuring and implementing the school readiness paradigm - ready children, ready families and ready schools, and understanding the best modalities to support parenting. Most recently, Dr. Britto is involved in research that is examining the relationship between early childhood and peace building. Nationally, within the United States, Dr. Britto is known for her scientific work on young children's early literacy development, and more recently, on understanding issues of identity development of Muslim and Arab children. Dr. Britto obtained her doctoral degree in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the recipient of several national and international grants and awards in recognition for her work and has published numerous books, articles, chapters and reports, and has presented extensively at conferences, meetings and workshops (academic and non-academic) around the world.


International Activity

  • policy
    Armenia  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy development & capacity building
    Bangladesh  
  • policy
    Bhutan  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Bolivia  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Brazil  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Bulgaria  
    national study of child rearing
  • policy
    Cambodia  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Chile  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    China  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Ghana  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Indonesia  
    policy development
  • educational research
    India  
    pre-primary schools evaluation
  • policy
    Jordan  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Kazakhstan  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    North Korea  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Kyrgyzstan  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Laos  
    national policy development
  • policy
    Macedonia  
    national policy
  • policy
    Malaysia  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Maldives  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Moldova  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Georgia  
    national policy
  • policy
    Vietnam  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Uzbekistan  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Ukraine  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Turkmenistan  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Thailand  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Syria  
    national policy development
  • policy
    Sri Lanka  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    South Africa  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Philippines  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Nepal  
    standards for early childhood
  • policy
    Mongolia  
    standards for early childhood

Education & Training

Ph.D.
Columbia University (1999)

Honors & Recognition

  • Dina Feitelson Research Award
    International Reading Association (2008)
  • Early Career Award
    American Educational Research Association (2003)
  • Dissertation with Distinction
    Columbia University (1999)
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award
    International Reading Association (2001)

Professional Service

  • Advisor (2009)
  • Co-Chair (2009)
  • Member (2009 - 2010)
  • Faculty Advisor (2008 - 2009)
  • Member (2008 - 2009)
  • Member, Ridgefield Public School District (2008 - 2009)
  • Reviewer, Early Childhood Research Quarterly International (2005 - 2009)
  • Member, Governing Board, Society for Research in Child Development (2005 - 2009)
  • Member, Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics (2004 - 2007)
  • Member (2004 - 2009)
  • Member, Consultative Grouop, UNICEF (2004 - 2004)
  • Board Member, HIPPY USA (2002 - 2009)
  • Advisory Board Member, Columbia University (2000 - 2004)

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