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Institute for Early Childhood Development & Education

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Texas Early Childhood Summit

March 22, 2024

Thomas Hildebrand Equine Center
3240 F and B Rd., College Station, TX, 77843

About the event: Presentations on innovative research, policy, and advocacy initiatives in early childhood.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

Texas Play and Development Conference

March 23, 2024

Blinn College – Bryan Campus
2423 Blinn Blvd., Bryan, TX, 77802

About the event: A day of research-based workshops for early educators.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Josh Thompson

Our Mission

The Texas A&M University Institute for Early Childhood Development & Education seeks to use leading, cutting-edge research to transform the lives of all young children and the adults who interact with them, including families, educators, clinicians, and health providers. We will solve complex issues in early childhood from various perspectives by generating rigorous research that informs practice and policy, mentoring the next generation of early childhood scholars and practitioners and leading outreach initiatives for early childhood practitioners across Texas and beyond.

Institute Goals

  1. Promote the development, learning and well-being of all young children and their families by leading innovative research-to-practice initiatives in early childhood.
  2. Compete for large-scale research funding to pursue our mission.
  3. Educate early childhood leaders, teachers and paraprofessionals in research and best practices.
  4. Enhance the quality of early childhood education across Texas.
  5. Rapidly disseminate rigorous research and professional learning.
  6. Provide quality research and practice opportunities for Aggies.

Scope & Research


The scope of the Institute is wide-ranging, seeking to promote collaborative research on national, state, and community needs in advancing evidence-based solutions to improve educational, health, and life outcomes for all children from birth to age eight.


Our faculty’s innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to research yield solutions to complex problems and enhance early childhood development and education.

Outreach Initiatives

Through AgriLife Extension programming, the Institute offers extensive professional learning opportunities in the early childhood sector. Administrators, educators and families can often benefit from these opportunities at little to no cost. The Institute also disseminates research and practices across Texas and the United States.

Aggie Opportunities

Our undergraduate and graduate programs educate early childhood leaders, teachers, and paraprofessionals in translational research and high-impact practice through real-world experiences in research and teaching in early childhood.

Questions? Reach out to us.

For questions about the Institute for Early Childhood Development & Education, contact:

Dr. Hope Gerde
Director, Institute for Early Childhood Development & Education
Professor, Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture
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