We are pleased to announce the 2020 cohort of Early Career Scholars. Through their participation in the Research Network, these scholars will deepen their understanding of the ways that research, policy, and practice combine to strengthen New York City’s early childhood system. The five award recipients in our second cohort come from across New York City’s academic institutions and have a variety of research interests and expertise.
Gail Buffalo is a doctoral candidate and full-time instructor in the program of Early Childhood Education at Teachers College. With a focus on experienced Women of Color teachers, her research explores early childhood educators’ understandings of quality practice and their experiences of New York State teacher certification.
Kyle DeMeo Cook recently joined St. John’s University’s School of Education as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Cook’s research interests focus on access to early education, the transition to kindergarten, and coordination between early childhood programs and kindergarten-12 education.
Jill Gandhi is a doctoral candidate in developmental psychology at New York University. Her research focuses on the key contexts and interpersonal interactions that support children's learning and cognitive development during the transition to kindergarten.
Annie George-Puskar is a new Assistant Professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. Dr. George-Puskar research is in the area of early childhood intervention and early childhood special education, with a particular interest in how children and families as they transition between services.
Cecilia Scott-Croff is an instructor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, where she also serves as the Executive Director of the Early Childhood Center. Dr. Scott-Croff’s research interests pertain to student parents’ experiences supporting children with special needs.
Recipients will receive $5,000 to support their work in applied research to inform early childhood policy and practice and engage in a learning community to develop their skill to pursue research for social impact. With generous support from the Foundation for Child Development, the Research Network is advancing its goal to build the City's cadre of scholars who are working to enhance early care and education.
Congratulations Cecilia, Jill, Annie, Kyle, and Gail.