Contact Information:

Christine McWayne, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Director of Early Childhood Education

Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development
105 College Avenue, Room 173
Medford, MA 02155
Tel: 617-627-0478

Welcome to the Ensuring eXperiences for Children's Early Learning Success (EXCELS) Lab

The EXCELS Research Team's work is about fostering better understandings of the early social and learning successes of young children growing up in urban poverty. The existence of seeming intractable achievement gaps between children growing up in poverty and their more affluent peers represents, arguably, the most important educational concern of our time. In our research, we seek to illuminate something about these gaps by understanding more about the nature of low-income children's development of school readiness, as well as about how to enhance and connect the supports available to children in their homes and classrooms (i.e., peers, parents, teachers). Skills such as relating well with children and adults outside of one’s family, demonstrating knowledge of the basic conventions of letters and numbers, and showing positive engagement in learning are all part of the school readiness repertoire children must have to be successful in the early years and beyond. In our most recent work, we seek to support stronger connections between home and school.
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