The Zigler Center for Child Development and Social Policy is a research lab and policy think tank within the Yale Child Study Center. We improve the well-being of children and families by bringing objective child development research into the policy and public arenas, while also training future generations of professionals who work at the intersection of child development research and policy formation. Our interdisciplinary approach blends psychology with sociology and political science to explore the complicated dynamics of classrooms.
Our research produces rigorous, objective and timely research and policy analyses that address pressing child and family social policy questions, creating evidence-based reccomendations that promote quality and equity in early childhood education programs. We actively disseminate knowledge through both scholarly and public channels, and direct work with legislative and executive branch government. We do this by publishing methodologically rigourous studies of teaching and practice in child care settings, evaluating the implementation of education programs, and partnering with local and state governments to improve the provision of care.