The Most Important Year | Suzanne Bouffard, Ph.D.


#145 Harvard Researcher SUZANNE BOUFFARD, Ph.D. gives us a better understanding of the Universal Pre-K debate and insights from her brand new book: The Most Important Year: Pre-Kindergarten and the Future of Our Children.

Clearly, it's an important conversation for all Americans, not just parents of young children.

This early childhood education expert also shares problem solving and communication techniques we can steal from the classroom to make our lives easier at home.

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About Our Podcast Guest:


Suzanne Bouffard has written about education and child development for The New York TimesParents,, and The Harvard Education Letter. Her most recent book is The Most Important Year: Pre-Kindergarten and the Future of Our Children (Avery, 2017).  Her first book, Ready, Willing, and Able (with Mandy Savitz-Romer, Harvard Education Press, 2012) covered challenges and strategies for first generation college-bound youth.

Suzanne has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Duke University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. She was a writer and researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for ten years. She lives with her husband and two young children in Massachusetts.

New York Times "Her interviews with educators and administrators give insight into the landscape of the pre-K debate and support her call for universal pre-K."

Mindshift (KQED) "While Bouffard applauds the momentum to make pre-K more accessible, she said policy makers are not paying enough attention to what is happening in these classrooms."

Time" of American children are still underserved, and that's a huge problem."



If you liked this episode, check out my interview with early childhood educator Erika Christakis (The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups) way back in March 2016.