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History of the Zigler Center

The Zigler Center was founded in 1978 by Edward Zigler (Director, Emeritus), as the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy. It was the first of four such centers funded by the Archibald Bush Foundation of St. Paul, Minnesota. In July 2005, the Center was renamed The Edward Zigler Center and became part of the Yale Child Study Center. Funding for the Zigler Center is now provided by several private foundations that support our work.

Renaming the Center was done to honor the founder's extensive work dedicated to improving the lives of children and families. Ed Zigler is widely regarded as one of the founding “fathers” of Head Start. He is a staunch advocate for children and families and a leading researcher of program and policies designed to support children and families. He has conceptualized and worked on such national initiatives such as as Head Start, Early Head Start, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Edward F. Zigler: eminent psychologist hailed as ‘Father of Head Start’

Edward F. Zigler, a pioneer in the application of developmental psychology to social policy and known by many as the “Father of Head Start,” a program that has served over 35 million American children and their families, died in his sleep on February 7 at his home in North Haven, Connecticut. He was 88 years old.

Source: YaleNews
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