Erika E. Gaylor, Early Childhood Researcher, Center for Education and Human Services | SRI International

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Erika Gaylor

Senior Researcher, Center for Learning and Development

Erika E. Gaylor, Ph.D., is co-principal investigator on two projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation program. One grant, with the Erikson Institute, is to evaluate a preschool-to-third grade early math professional development model; the other, with the University of Minnesota, is to evaluate a multisite expansion of the Chicago Child-Parent Center preschool-to-third grade model. Gaylor also is co-principal investigator on an evaluation of a centralized system of technical assistance being implemented in the state of Washington to promote high-quality home visiting services in evidence-based programs. The project is supported through the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) funds provided to Washington State.

In the past, Gaylor provided technical assistance on the Model Demonstration Coordination Center, an Office of Special Education Programs-funded center for early childhood language intervention projects; she was responsible for developing common measures and synthesizing outcomes across three projects located throughout the United States. Gaylor served as project director of the Illinois Statewide Birth to Five Early Childhood Block Grant Program and the Early Childhood Scholarship Program, a market-oriented early childhood education quality initiative in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is also a certified reviewer for the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC).

Gaylor has worked as a researcher and evaluator in educational, clinical, and community-based settings for more than 15 years. She has considerable experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research, including designing research projects; recruiting and coordinating research sites; collecting survey, interview, and observational data; training and supervising research assistants; managing databases; coding, analyzing, and interpreting data; and writing articles and reports for both academic and nonacademic audiences.

Her research and evaluation efforts have concentrated primarily on understanding the policies and contexts that shape early childhood development and early learning. Before joining SRI, Gaylor was an evaluator in a private nonprofit mental health agency serving children and families in the greater Bay Area.

In addition to early childhood education policy, she is interested in the links between health, sleep, and developmental outcomes in young children. Gaylor has conducted research on the development of sleep disorders in children from birth to age 5 and secondary analyses of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study - Birth Cohort to examine the impact of inadequate sleep on early literacy and math skills.

Gaylor earned her Ph.D. in human development from the University of California, Davis. She also holds an M.S. in child development from UC Davis and a B.S. in psychology from the University of Iowa.

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