Honors include D.H.L. degrees from Bank Street College of Education in New York and Roosevelt University in Chicago. She has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from the University of Chicago.

William Steven Barnett is a professor specializing in education economics and policy at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education and also director of the Center for Early Education at Rutgers. In addition to his academic career, he also has extensive experience working in public policy research and program evaluation. He has served on the editorial boards of Early Education and Development and Early Childhood Research Quarterly and on the National Head Start Advisory Committee. He has conducted research on the cost-effectiveness of early childhood education and intervention programs, the relationship between quality of preschools and efficacy, and the long-term effects of preschool education. He has also examined the effects of early education on the development of disadvantaged and developmentally disabled children. His publications include Early Care and Education for Children in Poverty: Promises, Programs and Long-terms Results (1998, with S.Boocock), and Cost Analysis for Education Decisions: Methods and Examples (1994). He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.

M.Susan Burns (Study Director) is currently a faculty member at the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University. She held faculty appointments at Tulane University and the University of Pittsburgh. At the National Research Council, she was study director for the Committee on Prevention of Reading Difficulties in Young Children. Her research interests include instructional practices that facilitate early cognitive development, dynamic assessment of young children, early childhood curriculum development, and parent-child interaction and emergent literacy. Applied interests include the development of intervention/ prevention programs for young children at risk for academic problems or who have been identified with emotional or behavioral problems. She is a coauthor of Bright Start: A Cognitive Curriculum for Young Children. She has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

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