Early Childhood Initiative Lecture featuring Christine McWayne
"The existence of seeming intractable achievement gaps between children growing up in poverty and their more affluent peers represents, arguably, the most important educational concern of our time."
Christine McWayne is a professor and director of Early Childhood Education at Tufts University. She is an applied developmental scientist and community-based early childhood educational researcher whose career has been focused upon fostering better understandings of the early social and learning successes of young children growing up in urban poverty. A particular focus of her recent research is understanding how to better support parents and teachers as they contribute to children's early development. McWayne has sought to document the ways in which families from non-dominant groups are supporting their children and how, by having more culturally-grounded information, we can bridge the divides that often exist between the primary helpers in children's lives (i.e., parents and teachers).
McWayne received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.