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Ask Dr. Katz

If you have a question about some aspect of early care and education that will require an in-depth response, you can ask Dr. Lilian G. Katz, Director of the Illinois Early Learning project and an internationally recognized expert in early childhood education and parenting.

Dr. Katz will respond directly to questions that are of general interest. Responses to other questions wil be provided by IEL's information services staff.

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Dr. Katz

Lilian G. KatzLilian G. Katz, a graduate of Stanford University (Ph.D.—1968), is an international leader in early childhood education. She taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for more than three decades—from 1968 until the year 2000, as well as directing the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education (ERIC/EECE) for more than 30 years. She has lectured in all 50 U.S. states and in 43 countries, and she has held visiting posts at universities in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, India, Israel, the West Indies (Barbados campus), and many parts of the United States. In 1997, she served as Nehru Professor at the University of Baroda in India.

She also was one of the founders of the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children and served as its first president. In addition, she served as vice president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) from 1986 to 1990 and later was elected president of NAEYC, serving from 1992-1994.

Dr. Katz has authored more than 150 publications, including articles, chapters, and books about early childhood education, teacher education, child development, and parenting. She wrote a monthly column for several years for Parents Magazine on parenting 3- and 4-year-olds. Dr. Katz founded two journals: Early Childhood Research Quarterly and Early Childhood Research & Practice, which began publication in early 1999 as the first peer-reviewed, Internet-only, journal in early education, and recently became fully bilingual.

Dr. Katz is professor emerita at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and lectures and consults around the world.

Additional Links

  • Supporting Children’s Social Development (Webinar, February 2013)
    Dr. Katz discusses ways of defining social competence in the early years, provides an overview of what the research indicates must be achieved in the early years, and indicates ways that adults—parents and professionals—can support and strengthen this important aspect of young children’s development. Sponsored by Illinois Resource Center: Early Childhood Professional Development and Illinois STARnet Region II.
  • Illinois Pioneers with Lilian Katz (video, September 2013) In an expanded version of WILL-TV's Illinois Pioneers, Lilian Katz, professor emerita at the University of Illinois, well known international speaker and author discusses her life and her contributions to early childhood development with host David Inge.


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