Center for Early Education and Development
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Amy Susman-Stillman, Ph.D., is Co-Director of the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Susman-Stillman’s interests focus on promoting strategies to improve the quality of early care and education care in home- and center-based settings, meeting the diverse needs of the early care and education workforce, and enhancing the impact of assessment in early care and education programs. Dr. Susman-Stillman launched and directs CEED’s Assessment and Training Center, which conducts a wide range of early childhood assessments for early childhood research projects and programs, and administers trainings for early care and education practitioners on these assessments and how to use assessment data to enrich practice and early care and education quality.
Dr. Susman-Stillman is or has been Principal Investigator on state contracts to provide observational and training services within Parent Aware and create infant-toddler caregiving guidelines (Essential Elements), and is co-principal investigator (PI) on a current OPRE-funded research partnership, Early Care and Education Choices, Quality and Continuity for Low-Income Families: A Maryland-Minnesota Research Partnership.She is also working with the Children's Theatre Company to develop new ways to assess preschool children's theatre arts skills. Dr. Susman-Stillman has published scientific articles on the quality of home-based child care. She presents at local, state and national conferences and advises local and state agencies. Dr. Susman-Stillman received her Ph.D. in child and school psychology from the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, in 1997.
Susman-Stillman, A., Labella, M., Meuwissen, A., & Giovanelli, A. (2014). Evaluation of smart play spots: Evidence for how they are being used. Report prepared for the Minnesota Children's Museum and the Hennepin County Library.
Susman-Stillman, A., Bailey, A., & Webb, C. (2014). The state of early childhood assessment: Practices and professional development in Minnesota. Report prepared for Minnesota Department of Education, Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant.
Forry, N., Iruka, I., Tout, K., Torquati, J., Susman-Stillman, A., Bryant, D., & Danieri, P. (2013). An ecological approach to examining predictors of quality and child outcomes in family child care settings. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 28, 893-904. Special issue on Understanding and Improving Quality in Family Child Care. Special issue on home-based child care. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2013.05.006.
Susman-Stillman, A. (2013). Preface. In: Igniting Wonder: Plays for Preschoolers. P. Brosius & E. Adams (Eds). Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press.
Susman-Stillman, A., Pleuss, J., & Englund, M. (2013). Family child care providers and center-based providers: Differences in patterns of caregiving behavior over time. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 28, 905-917. Special issue on Understanding and Improving Quality in Family Child Care. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2013.04.003.
Susman-Stillman, A., Stout, K., Cleveland, J., & Hawley, V. (2011). The Minnesota Family, Friend, and Neighbor Grant Program. Zero to Three, 33(5): 42-50.
Susman-Stillman, A., & Banghart, P. (August 2008). Demographics of family, friend, and neighbor child care in the United States. National Center for Children in Poverty. Research Connections, http://www.researchconnections.org.
Susman-Stillman, A. (2014, May). Contemporary issues in early childhood practice and policy. Guest lecture in early childhood policy class, Humphrey Institute on Public Affairs, University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
Susman-Stillman, A. (2014, May). The impact of poverty on children's early development. Panelist, Community Conversations about Poverty and Two-Generation Solutions. Jeremiah Project. Minneapolis, MN.
Stout, K., & Susman-Stillman, A. (2014, March 13). Evaluation capacity building in early childhood education. Presented at the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute, St. Paul, MN.
Susman-Stillman, A., Giovanelli, A., Labella, M., & Meuwissen, A. (2014, February 27). Promoting early learning and play: Evaluations of innovative outreach programs at the Minnesota Children’s Museum and Hennepin County Libraries. Bag lunch presentation at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota.
Susman-Stillman, A., Halle, T., & Cleveland, J. (2012, October 2). Parent perceptions of quality in early care and education. A presentation for the MN Department of Human Services Child Development Services as part of the Maryland-Minnesota Child Care Research Partnership. CEED is part of this research partnership with Child Trends and the University of Minnesota's Department of Applied Economics.
Susman-Stillman, A. (2012, September 19). Evaluation of Minnesota's Family, Friend and Neighbor Grant Program, 2007-2009. Presented to the Early Learning Council, Rural and Special Populations Committee.
Susman-Stillman, A. (2011, November 17). Measuring Implementation Fidelity in Early Care and Education: Considerations for Future Measurement Development. Presented as part of session, Analytic Approaches to Studying the Implementation of ECE Programs and Systems, at the Child Care Policy Research Consortium Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
Kretzmann, J., Susman-Stillman, A., Carlson, E., & Harman, S. (2011, November 10). Panel on programs to support infant and early childhood mental health. Minnesota Head Start Innovation Meeting, St. Paul, MN.
Susman-Stillman, A. (2011, October 12). Webinar: The Science of Early Brain Development and Child Development. Sponsored by Working Family Resource Center (WFRC) and Minnesota Department of Education.
Susman-Stillman, A., Cleveland, J. (2010, June). Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregiving in Minnesota. Presentation “Sharing the Wisdom” results of interviews with grandmothers caring for grandchildren. Saint Paul, MN. | Video presentation | Presentation handout
Susman-Stillman, A. R., and Banghart, P. (2011, May). Quality in family, friend, and neighbor child care settings. Child Care & Early Education Research Connections. Retrieved from http://www.researchconnections.org/childcare/resources/14340/pdf.
Susman-Stillman, A. (2010, April 22). The science of early development: Brain development and child development. Keynote address, Caring for Kids Initiative Breakfast, Wayzata Country Club, Wayzata, MN.
Susman-Stillman, A., & Rader, S. (2010, April 7). Caring for Kids Initiative: Final Evaluation Report. Presentation at the Caring for Kids Initiative Advisory Board meeting, Wayzata, MN.
Susman-Stillman, A., Englund, M.M., Pleuss, J., Cleveland, J., Shkolnik, A. (2009, April 27). Changing Beliefs and Knowledge of Child Care Providers: The Ounce Research Project. Presentation at the Human Capital Research Collaborative Mini-Conference: Promoting Child Health and Well-Being.
Susman-Stillman, A., Englund, M.M., Pleuss, J., Cleveland, J., Shkolnik, A. (2009, April 2-4). Changing Beliefs and Knowledge of Child Care Providers: The Ounce Research Project. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.
Godber, Y., Kovan, N., Susman-Stillman, A., & McConnell, S. (2009, April 2-4). Minnesota Early Learning Foundation (MELF): The Influence of a Research-Based Taxonomy on Funding and Evaluation Efforts. Presented at 2009 Society for Research in Child Development Conference (SRCD), Denver, CO. On behalf of the MELF project. Poster Presentation.
Susman-Stillman, A., McConnell, S., & Godber, Y. (2009, April 2-4). Using a Common Conceptual Framework to Coordinate Evaluation of MELF Initiatives. Presented at 2009 Society for Research in Child Development Conference (SRCD), Denver, CO.On behalf of the MELF project. Poster Presentation.
Pleuss, J., Susman-Stillman, A., & Shkolnik, A. (2009, April 2-4). Coding Speech Samples: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods. Presented at 2009 Society for Research in Child Development Conference (SRCD), Denver, CO. On behalf of the OUNCE project. Poster Presentation.
Susman-Stillman, A., Englund, M., Pleuss, J., Cleveland, J., & Shkolnik, A. (2009, April 2-4). Changing Beliefs and Knowledge of Child Care Providers: The Ounce Research Project. Presented at 2009 Society for Research in Child Development Conference (SRCD), Denver, CO. On behalf of the OUNCE project. Poster Presentation.