Gary Resnick

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Gary Resnick
Distinguished Scholar

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999 16th St. #9
San Francisco, CA  94107



Gary Resnick, a nationally recognized expert in child development research, brings decades of experience at the nexus of child development and program evaluation. He has evaluated early childhood development programs, assessed young children’s school readiness outcomes (especially for children living in disadvantaged communities), examined Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) for state early childhood agencies, and measured inter-agency collaboration and coordination.

Resnick is currently Principal Investigator for the Local Evaluation component of Educare in California at Silicon Valley (ECSV), which aims to lay the foundation for long-term success in school and beyond by narrowing or eliminating the achievement gap at kindergarten entry. To accomplish this, the program provides high-quality year-round educational programs and developmental childcare to at-risk children from six weeks to five years of age. In his capacity, Resnick works closely with ECSV leadership, teaching staff, family engagement specialists, coaches, and parents to utilize data for continuous program improvement.

To this role, Resnick brings extensive experience leading groundbreaking state and national research, including serving as Director of Instrument Development for the Early Childhood Longitudinal Surveys Birth Cohort (ECLS-B), Associate Project Director for the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES), Senior Technical Advisor for the Head Start Impact Study (HSIS), and Project Director for the State of New Jersey's Evaluation of Early Childhood Programming in Abbott School Districts.

Previously at EDC, Resnick served as co-Principal Investigator of the federally-funded Child Care Collaboration and Quality Project.  Before joining EDC, he was the Director of Research at Harder+Company Community Research, where he led evaluations of funded services in First 5 counties in California. Previously, he served as Senior Study Director of Child and Family Studies at Westat and was an Assistant Professor of Family and Human Development at Auburn University.

Resnick has worked with numerous federal, state, and county agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, the State of New Jersey, the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, First 5 Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

He has published his findings in numerous chapters and articles, including “Emergent Literacy of Low-Income Children in Head Start: Relationships with Child and Family Characteristics, Program Factors and Classroom Quality” (in Handbook of Early Literacy Research: Vol. 2, 2006) and “Project Head Start: Quality and Links to Child Outcomes” (in Childhood Programs and Practices in the First Decade of Life: A Human Capital Integration, 2010). He has made numerous presentations at conferences nationally and internationally, and currently serves as Associate Editor and Special Content Editor for the Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Resnick earned a BA in Psychology and an MSW in Program Evaluation from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from the Eliot-Pearson Institute of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University.