National Early Education Council

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The National Early Education Council (NEEC) is a select group of scholars, leaders and change-makers who inform the development of our programs and create real and lasting change in children's lives.

Dale V. Atkins
Dale Atkins, PhD
Author and Psychologist
W. Steven Barnett, PhD
Board of Governors Professor and Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, Rutgers University
Douglas Clements, PhD
Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning & Professor, University of Denver
Molly Collins
Molly F. Collins, EdD
Department of Teaching and Learning, Vanderbilt University
Linda M. Espinosa
Linda M. Espinosa, PhD
Author and Consultant; Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri-Columbia
Roberta Golinkoff
Roberta Golinkoff, PhD
H. Rodney Sharp Professor, School of Education, University of Delaware
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD
Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow, Department of Psychology, Temple University
Jackie Jenkins-Scott
Jackie Jenkins-Scott
President, Wheelock College
Sharon Lynn Kagan, EdD
Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood Education and Family Policy; Co-Director, National Center for Children & Families, Teachers College, Columbia University
Deborah Leong
Deborah Leong, PhD
Professor Emerita of Psychology, Metropolitan State College of Denver
Christopher J. Lonigan
Christopher J. Lonigan, PhD
Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Florida State University; Associate Director, Florida Center for Reading Research
Kelly Maxwell
Kelly Maxwell, PhD
Co-Director of Early Childhood Development, Child Trends
Mariela M. Páez
Mariela M. Páez, EdD
Associate Professor, The Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education, Boston College
Robert C. Pianta
Robert C. Pianta, PhD
Dean, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Arthur J. Rolnick
Arthur J. Rolnick, PhD
Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Human Capital Research Collaborative; Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Shirley Sagawa
Shirley Sagawa
Author and Consultant, sagawa/jospin
Judith A. Schickedanz, PhD
Professor Emerita, School of Education, Boston University
Marlene Zepeda
Marlene Zepeda, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Department of Child and Family Studies, California State University, Los Angeles