for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Education, and the Administration for Children and Families, and since 1984 she has received federal grants totaling more than $28 million. She has been the principal investigator or collaborating researcher of numerous federally funded centers, including the Early Childhood Research Institute on Substance Abuse, the Early Childhood Research Institute for the Measurement of Growth and Development, the Centers for the Study of Child Neglect, Using Cellular Phones for Enhancing Parenting Interventions for Preventing Child Maltreatment, Early Head Start National Research and Evaluation Project, the Center for Response to Early Intervention in Early Childhood, and the Technical Assistance Center for Social-Emotional Intervention. She was recently appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to be part of the Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation. Dr. Carta served for 10 years as the editor of Topics in Early Childhood Special Education and serves on the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals. Since 1985 she has been responsible for more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has authored books and several book chapters related to evidence-based practices to improve the language and social competence of young children, reduce risk factors affecting children’s development, advance approaches for monitoring progress in young children, and promote parenting interventions to prevent child maltreatment. She is a national and international presenter and consultant to numerous projects in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.
Charlotte Cole, Ed.D., is senior vice president of global education at Sesame Workshop in New York, overseeing the nonprofit’s company-wide global strategies and leading the development of all curriculum and research around Sesame Workshop’s international projects. Working with educators and production teams throughout the world, she has most recently been engaged in projects in Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, South Africa, and West Bank/ Gaza. Prior to joining the workshop, Dr. Cole worked as a senior researcher at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston on a longitudinal study of families of children with acute and chronic illness funded by the National Institutes of Health. She has also served as a consultant to the Harvard Institute for International Development on several child-health projects in Thailand. Dr. Cole received her doctorate in human development and psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Her teaching experience includes serving as a course instructor at Boston College (Newton, Massachusetts), Lesley College (Cambridge, Massachusetts), and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (Terre Haute, Indiana). She has worked as a board member for several community service organizations, including the Council on Domestic Abuse in Terre Haute, Indiana; Oxford