Craig Ramey named to New York City advisory council on early childhood education

Craig Ramey, Ph.D.

Craig Ramey, Ph.D.

Craig Ramey, a professor and distinguished research scholar at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and a pioneer in the field of early childhood education, has been appointed to New York City’s Division of Early Childhood Education’s Universal Pre-K Scientific Advisory Council. Ramey will be part of a team of experts researching ways to provide quality pre-kindergarten programs to children in the New York City area.

Ramey will be joined by leaders and experts from such organizations as the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, the University of Minnesota, Columbia University, and the U.S. Department of Education to discover best practices for expanding access to and quality of pre-kindergarten programs. The council will also advise the Division of Early Childhood Education on data management practices and research studies, in hopes of informing government policies in this area.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio included improving access to pre-kindergarten programs as one of his platforms during his campaign last fall.

Ramey founded the Abecedarian Project at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1972 to study the long-term benefits of early childhood education. He received his doctorate in life span developmental psychology from West Virginia University.