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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 Afghanistan, 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.

Projects and News


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.

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.

SMART Beginnings

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

Strengthening the Architecture for High Quality Universal Pre-K

An overview of the Strengthening the Architecture for High Quality Universal Pre-K (NYU UPK) project

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.

ALSE Project

The Assessment of Learning Outcomes and Social Effects (ALSE) of Community-Based Education research project aims to understand the best ways to create effective and sustainable community-based education in Afghanistan.