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Welcome to the Children and Families, Schooling, & Development Lab at UMBC!

Our research addresses ways to promote the academic success of children from diverse (race/ethnicity, SES, linguistic) backgrounds. Although our research considers home and school factors, we are particularly interested in how parental beliefs and practices are associated with children’s academic development.  Research projects include investigations of similarities and differences across groups and the processes related to such, projects designed to improve children’s academic outcomes, and evaluations of ongoing curriculum and intervention approaches.

We are currently accepting applications for graduate students. For more information, contact Dr. Sonnenschein at sonnensc@umbc.edu