Kathy is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow at Temple University, and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her research examines the development of early language and literacy as well as the role of play in learning. She is author of 14 books and hundreds of publications. She is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, the Association for Psychological Science James McKeen Cattell Award, the Society for Research in Child Development, Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award and the APA Distinguished Lecturer Award.  
Guided play advances cognitive skills like language and reading, as well as social skills like emotion regulation.
In the last 20 years, advances in the sciences of infant development have allowed us to view the processes of early word learning for the first time.
Investment in early childhood is a moral imperative that also saves society from 7 to 14 dollars for every dollar spent.
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DR. KATHY HIRSH-PASEK

Kathy is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow at Temple University, and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her research examines the development of early language and literacy as well as the role of play in learning. She is author of 14 books and hundreds of publications. She is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, the Association for Psychological Science James McKeen Cattell Award, the Society for Research in Child Development, Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award and the APA Distinguished Lecturer Award.  

  • Announcing the QUILS™ (QUICK INTERACTIVE LANGUAGE SCREENER)

    Funded by the Institute for Education Sciences with a grant to Roberta M. Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Jill deVilliers, Aquiles Iglesias, and Mary Wilson, Brooks Publishing has brought out our new language screener, developed to find children (ages 3 through 5) with potential language problems. As language is fundamental to children’s success in school and in life, we hope it will be adopted by schools to find children with potential language issues who might linger unnoticed in classrooms. It can be administered on any touchscreen tablet or computer and identifies children for referral. QUILS™ has a monolingual English version and a bilingual version for children learning both English and Spanish (the QUILS: ES). Stay tuned for our screener for 2-year-olds, Baby QUILS™!

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  • Coming Soon: Apply To The Learning Sciences Exchange!

    Breakthroughs and insights now emerge regularly from the learning sciences. Yet they are slow to make their way into schools, family support systems, and the social consciousness. Too often, new findings are either left to wilt in inaccessible academic journals, contorted by splashy headlines, or too complicated to lead to real policy changes. One major contributor to this problem is that journalists, entertainers, policy influencers, and learning scientists have no incentive to take the time to listen to each other, grapple with problems together, and gain a deeper understanding of each other’s mission and work.

    This is why the Jacobs Foundation, together with the think tank New America, and the International Congress on Infant Studies (ICIS) created a new fellowship: The Learning Sciences Exchange (LSX). The LSX aims to create a conversation between scientists, journalists, entertainers, and policy makers.

    If you are an individual in any of the above areas from the United States or Europe, who is passionate about dissemination and communication of scientific findings to benefit families and schools, please apply to this amazing two-year fellowship!

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  • Check out Kathy’s latest book, Becoming Brilliant

    Kathy’s latest book, co-authored with Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD, was recently named one of New York Times Best Sellers.  The full title of the work is “Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children.” Click below for more information!

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  • Download “Putting Education in ‘Educational’ Apps: Lessons From the Science of Learning” from Association for Psychological Science

    Children are in the midst of a vast, unplanned experiment, surrounded by digital technologies that were not available but 5 years ago. At the apex of this boom is the introduction of applications (“apps”) for tablets and smartphones. However, there is simply not the time, money, or resources available to evaluate each app as it enters the market. Thus, “educational” apps—the number of which, as of January 2015, stood at 80,000 in Apple’s App Store (Apple, 2015)—are largely unregulated and untested. This article offers a way to define the potential educational impact of current and future apps.

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  • Transforming Philly into a giant playground, with benefits for kids and adults

    Billy Penn

    What if parents didn’t have to take kids to a playground to get in some fun activity — but instead, the play space came to them? That’s the idea behind Kathy Hirsh-Pasek’s Urban Thinkscape project, one of several initiatives planting activity and learning spaces all around the city where people naturally spend time with their kids. Think […]

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  • How babies learn – and why robots can’t compete

    The Guardian

    Deb Roy and Rupal Patel pulled into their driveway on a fine July day in 2005 with the beaming smiles and sleep-deprived glow common to all first-time parents. Pausing in the hallway of their Boston home for Grandpa to snap a photo, they chattered happily over the precious newborn son swaddled between them. This normal-looking […]

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  • How to Help Kids Concentrate in the Era of Digital Distraction

    Offspring

    When I was a child in small-town West Virginia, there weren’t many options for entertainment after school or on weekends: I could walk to a friend’s house. I could watch TV on our 13 fuzzy channels. Or I could read. And so I read, and read, and read—hours and even whole days would pass with […]

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Some of Kathy's books include:

  • User’s Manual for the Quick Interactive Language Screener™ (QUILS™)
    A measure of Vocabulary, Syntax, and Language Acquisition Skills in Young Children
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  • Becoming Brilliant:
    What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children
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  • A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool:
    Presenting the Evidence
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  • Celebrate the Scribble:
    Appreciating Children's Art
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  • Play = Learning:
    How Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth
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Kathy is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, as well as a contributor at The Huffington Post. She contributes articles to both her Blog at the Brookings Institution and her Blog at the Huffington Post on a regular basis.

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