Dr. Michal Perlman
Professor, University of Toronto and Director, Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Research Centre, University of Toronto
She studies how early environments are associated with children’s wellbeing. She is particularly interested in the quality of interactions that children have with their caregivers both at home and in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) settings. She has helped develop efficient ways of measuring the quality of interactions (and more global measures as well) and is developing interventions to improve the quality of interactions children experience. She also studies how to conceptualize and measure ECEC quality, parents as consumers of ECEC services, associations between ECEC quality and child outcomes and a range of policy questions related to ECEC. More recently Michal and colleagues who co-lead the FutureSkills centre at the University of Toronto have been identifying key skills needed for success in the 21st century and how to teach these skills to young children.