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is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.

Cheryl Polk Bio

Cheryl Polk, Ph.D.


President, HighScope Educational Research Foundation, Ypsilanti, MI
Board Member, ZERO TO THREE; Director of professional and community organizations including Jumpstart and the W. Haywood Burns Institute for Justice, Fairness, and Equity; founding member of the San Francisco Children and Family Policy Council; and recently completed eight years as an appointed member on the San Francisco Children and Families Commission.

Contributions to the Field
Dr. Polk is a noted leader in the child and family services field with a wealth of experience as a clinical psychologist, academic and civic volunteer. She has worked closely with children and families to promote healthy child development for over twenty-five years. Through her leadership at the Haas Fund and as commissioner of the San Francisco Children and Families Commission, Dr. Polk has led major support for early childhood programs.

Recent Honors/Awards/Recognition/Books Published 
Dr. Polk has received many citations, recognitions, and awards, including the prestigious National Leadership Fellowship from the Kellogg Foundation, as well as being a Salzburg Fellow for Early Childhood Development. She was named San Francisco Outstanding Advocate for Children in 2003 and received the Shining Star Award for Leadership and Dedication to the Children of San Francisco in 2000.



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