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J. Ronald Lally

J. Ronald Lally is one of the pioneers in the field of infant/toddler development.

Lally is Co-Director of the Center for Child & Family Studies at WestEd, where, for almost 30 years, he has directed the work of its Program for Infant/Toddler Care.

Previously, Lally directed one of the first home visiting programs for infants in the United States. Lally also served as a professor at Syracuse University and chair of its Department of Child and Family Studies.

While at Syracuse, Lally directed the Syracuse University Family Development Research Program, a longitudinal study of the impact of early intervention on low-income children. Part of that study was the operation of the Syracuse University Children’s Center, the first federally funded infant care center in the country.

Lally consults nationally and internationally on programs and policies for infants, toddlers, and their families. He has produced 20 videos on quality infant/toddler care that are used worldwide.

He is one of the founders of ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, and served on the Health and Human Services Advisory Committee that developed the national initiative, Early Head Start.

Lally received a doctorate in educational psychology with a focus on infancy from the University of Florida and a post-doctoral certificate for infant testing from the Child Development Research Centre in London.