About Us

The Latino Family Engagement and Language Development (L-FELD) Research Team is housed in the Department of Applied Psychology within New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Following a partnership-based model, the investigations stemming from the team address the socio-cultural contexts of Latino and African heritage child development. In one set of projects, we investigate the ways culture, as transmitted in daily adult-child interactions both at home and at school, shape preschoolers’ development of school readiness skills, and in particular their language and emergent literacy skills. In a second set of projects (conducted in collaboration with Dr. Christine McWayne at Tufts University), we address the ways pan-Latino caregivers define family engagement in their preschool children’s education, and the relation between their engagement and children’s school readiness, including language, literacy, and social-emotional skills.