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Education and Child Development

The future of education lies in the mutual consideration of complex factors that affect education inputs and outcomes. From New York to Lebanon, our researchers examine the social-emotional development of children, observe and strengthen classroom interactions, enhance parental decision-making, and improve educational opportunities for all children. Faculty across disciplines collaborate and apply their expertise to tackle the pressing education questions of our time. An interdisciplinary approach to education and child development allows IHDSC to support children, families, teachers, and leaders, and to envision long-term solutions that inform education policy and practice in local, national, and global contexts.

Seed Award Spotlight

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Science Education Through a Radical Citizen Science Approach

The goal of this project is to work with visitors of a science museum on a study on a language science topic of interest to them. Researchers will invite them to come up with research questions, hypotheses, and experimental design, and help carry out data collection, analysis, and interpretation.

The IHDSC Seed Award Program

IHDSC is committed to funding new projects that bridge multiple domains of expertise and further the mission of the Institute. Eligible applicants may receive up to $20,000 in research support.

Learn More about the IHDSC Seed Award

This list includes faculty who are involved in an active project, award or working group through IHDSC in the 2020-21 academic year. For a full list of our affiliates, please visit our Faculty Affiliate Network page.



The CONNECT lab at NYU conducts research to understand and strengthen contexts for learning and mental health in low-income education settings. We study natural opportunities for academic, social, and emotional learning via productive relationships and quality interactions.

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Global TIES for Children

Global TIES for Children is an international research center at New York University dedicated to designing, evaluating and advising on programs and policies to improve the lives of children and youth in the most vulnerable regions across the globe.

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SMART Beginnings

The SMART Beginnings project tests a comprehensive approach to the promotion of school readiness in low-income families.

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Strengthening the Architecture for High Quality Universal Pre-K

Since 2014, senior leaders in education research and practice at both New York University and the NYC Department of Education Division of Early Childhood Education (DOE-DECE) have fostered a research-practice partnership to support roll out of universal pre-kindergarten through Pre-K For All improving the quality of its programming. The purpose of this partnership is to provide quantitative and capacity-building solutions to educational problems faced by the DOE-DECE.

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Cradle to Kindergarten (C2K)

Cradle to Kindergarten (C2K) is a team of experienced policy professionals and research experts that published an extensive book on early childhood care and education in the United States and an evidence-based policy approach to improving the quality and access to care and education. Since then, the C2K team works closely in a handful of states and cities to help leaders in their own efforts to shape and define a vision and shared consensus for a policy agenda to expand services and better serve children from prenatal-to-five.

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NYU Neuroscience and Education Lab

The Neuroscience and Education Lab (NEL) focuses on the development of self-regulation throughout the lifespan, from infancy to adulthood. Using a multi-method approach, NEL aims to build a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which early environmental adversity associated with social and economic inequality shapes cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and physiological aspects of development.

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Chicago School Readiness Project

The aim of CSRP is to improve preschool-aged children's chances of success in school. CSRP targets young children's emotional and behavioral adjustment through a comprehensive, classroom-based intervention in Head Start.

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Featured Blog Posts

Research Partnerships: IHDSC and Educational Alliance

IHDSC interviewed Drs. Erin Godfrey (director of IHDSC and associate professor of Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt) and Andrew Cavanagh (director of Research and Evaluation at Educational Alliance) to discuss the process of developing their research partnership.

Centering Student Passion and Identity

Educational interventions in New York City have attempted to address racial and socioeconomic disparities in college enrollment, workplace entry, and diversity pipelines for decades. In light of this, the NYU College & Career Lab (CCL) seeks to ignite students' interests and passions and activate their career desires by exposing them to the wide range of career opportunities available to them and to the diversity that exists within them.

Q&A: NYU Students Inform Unity Task Force on Education

This summer, Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders’ Unity Task Forces released a set of policy recommendations that covered topics from climate change to immigration. Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa served as a member of the Unity Task Force on Education and enlisted five students to assist his research into the education policies outlined in the Task Force’s final report. IHDSC interviewed the students about their experience.