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The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy

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 developmental science, mental health, education, communication science, and political and policy science to generate recommendations for how to best meet the needs of all children and families.

Our research produces rigorous, objective and timely research and policy analyses that address pressing child and family social policy questions, creating evidence-based recommendations that promote quality and equity in programs that address children’s health, education, and wellbeing. We actively disseminate knowledge through both scholarly and public channels, and work directly with legislative and executive branches government to help create more equitable and responsive public services. We do this by publishing methodologically rigorous studies in settings like K12 and early education and child care programs, evaluating the implementation and quality of these programs, and partnering with governmental agencies at the local, state and national levels in the US and other nations.

With deep sadness we share that Dr. Edward F. Zigler died at his home on February 7. Dr. Zigler was Sterling Professor Emeritus in both the Yale School of Medicine Psychology Department and in the Child Study Center. Dr. Zigler was a valued member of both departments and served on the executive committee of the Child Study Center for many years.


The Zigler Center was founded in 1978 by Edward Zigler (Director, Emeritus).