About Us

This website and the accompanying document were developed by a team with almost a decade of experience conducting research to examine the content of states' early learning guidelines for infants and toddlers and for preschool-age children. Members of the team have also worked extensively with state committees and internationally with developing countries to develop early learning guidelines. Drawing on our collective experience and the results of our research, we have described the decisions that committees typically must make in order to develop ELGs.

Our team includes:

C. Scott-LittleCatherine Scott-Little is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Working with Sharon Lynn Kagan of Teachers College, Catherine has completed several national studies on state-level early learning standards, including content analyses on preschool and infant-toddler early learning standards from over 45 states. Catherine has coauthored several reports on early learning standards alignment analyses for Georgia and Pennsylvania, and has served as an advisor on early learning standards in numerous states.




S. KaganSharon Lynn Kagan is the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy and Co-Director of the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Professor Adjunct at Yale University's Child Study Center. Author of more than 225 articles and 13 books, Kagan's research focuses on institutions that impact child and family life. She consults with federal and state agencies, Congress, and governors and works internationally with UNICEF to establish standards-driven, integrated early learning systems. Kagan is past President of the NAEYC and Family Support America, a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and is the only woman in the history of American education to receive its three most prestigious awards: the 2004 Distinguished Service Award from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the 2005 James Bryant Conant Award for Lifetime Service to Education from the Education Commission of the States (ECS), and the Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Prize in Education.

V. FrelowVictoria Stebbins Frelow is currently a doctoral student in early childhood education and public policy at Teachers College, Columbia University. Working with Drs. Sharon Lynn Kagan and Catherine Scott-Little, she has coauthored several national studies on states' early learning guidelines for preschool-age children, and more recently, infants and toddlers. Previously, Victoria was a program officer at the A.L. Mailman Family Foundation in White Plains, New York, funding national projects in the field of early care and education. Victoria has served as an advisor to many local organizations including childcare centers, public school districts, and parent advocacy groups.



For further information or to contact our team, please contact Catherine Scott-Little at mcscottl@uncg.edu or Sharon Lynn Kagan at kagan@exchange.tc.columbia.edu