Edward Zigler

Ed Zigler, PhD, is a Sterling Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at Yale University; Director, Emeritus, of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University; and Co-Director of the Zigler Center Head Start Unit. Dr. Zigler is a former Board Member of ZERO TO THREE.

Edward Zigler

Director, Emeritus, Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University

Contributions to the Field

Dr. Zigler continues his lifetime interest in the motivational determinants of children’s performance and the influence of life circumstances on children’s behavior and development. This work includes the effects of socialization settings, child care, schools, intervention programs, and family factors. A major branch of Zigler’s studies and writings concerns the development of social action programs to meet the needs of children and their families.

In 1970, Dr. Zigler was named by President Nixon to become the first Director of the Office of Child Development and Chief of the U.S. Children’s Bureau. He was responsible for administering the nation’s Head Start program and led efforts to conceptualize and mount other innovative programs such as Home Start, Education for Parenthood, the Child Development Associate and the Child and Family Resource Program.

More recently, he helped bring to fruition the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Early Head Start program and the large network of Schools for the 21st Century.


ZERO TO THREE Board Member Emeritus

Awards/Honors/Recognition/Books Published

Dr. Zigler is the author or editor of 38 books and has written over 800 scholarly articles. He is a member of the editorial boards of over 10 professional journals. He has received the Heinz Family Foundation Award in Public Policy; the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education; the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Award, and many others.

In 2016, Dr. Zigler was presented with the ZERO TO THREE Lifetime Achievement Award.