Assembly of the Healthy Child: The Next Steps (All invested in pre-school)
In her talk "Assembly of the Healthy Child: The Next Steps,” educational psychologist Kathleen Gallagher discusses how investing in high quality early childhood programs, especially for children whose families live in poverty, can transform the wellbeing of entire communities. Dr. Gallagher designs and evaluates approaches that elevate the development and wellbeing of young children, families, and early childhood professionals – particularly in the contexts of poverty, adversity and disability. Dr. Gallagher’s research and applied work focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based approaches that support the learning and well-being of young children, families, and early childhood professionals in the contexts of poverty and disability. Her current projects include 1) an intervention to support toddlers with autism and their families, 2) evaluation of a project to enhance rural North Carolina’s communities’ early childhood systems, 3) development of a mindfulness-based program to enhance the health and well-being of early childhood professionals.