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Announcing New Research Network Studies

We are excited to share the launch of two new projects made possible by the generous support of the Heising-Simons Foundation

Promoting Teacher-Child Relationships in Early Care and Education Classrooms- The National Center for Children in Poverty and The Straus Center, Bank Street College of Education have launched a teacher-research partnership project that will address empirical gaps in our understanding of how teachers perceive teacher-child relationships and factors that contribute to their quality. The research will engage teachers in experiences that may increase their capacity to become more aware of how they view children, their relational behaviors with different children, and their role in contributing to the quality of their relationship with individual children. 

Researcher Team

Sheila Smith, PhD (PI)

Cristina Medellin, PhD (Co-PI)

Mark Nagasawa , PhD (Co-PI)

Sarika Gupta, PhD (Co-PI)


Building the New York State Early Intervention Workforce: Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) Requirements of Interdisciplinary Personnel Development and PreparationBrooklyn College of CUNY, will bring together highly qualified New York Early Intervention Higher Education faculty in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) and Occupational Therapy (OT), to collaborate with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Bureau of Early Intervention (NYC DOHMH BEI), the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC), and the New York State's Department of Health's Bureau of Early Intervention (NYS DOH BEI) through the New York State Early Intervention Coordinating Council’s (SEICC) Workforce Capacity Taskforce.  

Researcher Team

Jacqueline D. Shannon, MSEd, PhD (PI), Brooklyn College, CUNY

Michael Bergen, AuD, FAAA, CCC-A (Co-Investigator), Brooklyn College, CUNY

Sharon Beaumont-Bowman, SLPD, CCC-SLP (Co-Investigator), Brooklyn College, CUNY

Beth Elenko, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, CLA, FAOTA (Co-Investigator), New York Institute of Technology

Karen McFadden, MA, PhD (Co-Investigator), Brooklyn College, CUNY




Announcing New Research Network Studies