Kathy is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in Psychology at Temple University and is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.  Director of Temple University’s Infant Language Laboratory, Kathy is the recipient of the Simms/Mann Whole Child Award, the AERA Outstanding Public Communication for Education Research Award, American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, the American Psychological Society’s James McKeen Cattell Award for “a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research,” the Society for Research in Child Development Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award, and the Temple University Great Teacher Award and University Eberman Research Award.  She was a finalist for 2013 Best Professor of the year for the American Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Bammy Awards.
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 in Psychology at Temple University and is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.  Director of Temple University’s Infant Language Laboratory, Kathy is the recipient of the Simms/Mann Whole Child Award, the AERA Outstanding Public Communication for Education Research Award, American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, the American Psychological Society’s James McKeen Cattell Award for “a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research,” the Society for Research in Child Development Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award, and the Temple University Great Teacher Award and University Eberman Research Award.  She was a finalist for 2013 Best Professor of the year for the American Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Bammy Awards.

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    Check out Mark Swartz’s piece, “3 Top Takeaways from Playful Learning Playbook: A New Resource for the Serious Business of Play” HERE….

  • “ ‘Why are we still at home?’ Fostering Children’s Questions During COVID19” – Child and Family Blog

    Kids miss out on a lot during a pandemic. Luckily, question-asking doesn’t need to be one of those things— Check out our new blog HERE…

  • “Does reopening schools lead to increased life expectancy? The data aren’t so simple” – Brookings Institute

    On November 12, 2020, the online, open-access journal of the American Medical Association published an article penned by the esteemed Dr. Dimitri Christakis and colleagues suggesting that school closings created greater projected mortality rates than would have likely happened from COVID-19 if schools remained open. Based on data from published school closure announcements and school calendars across the United States, the authors estimated that, nationally, children ages 5 to 11 lost approximately 54 days of instruction, or a third of a year of learning time. Read More…

  • Inaugural Episode of “What Now?” with Kathy – Video Interview Series by Michigan Future Inc.

    Join us for our inaugural episode of “What Now?” — a video series that explores post-pandemic possibilities for the state of Michigan and beyond. Read More and Watch Here…

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  • 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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