Diane Early


  • Early childhood and preschool

For more than 17 years, Diane Early has served as a researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, one of the nation’s leading child development research and outreach organizations. She holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of Colorado. Early has led several projects investigating classroom quality, teacher preparation and practices, and children’s academic and social outcomes in a variety of early care and education settings. She was the principal investigator on the Study of State-Wide Early Education Programs (SWEEP) and a lead investigator for the National Center for Early Development and Learning’s Multi-State Study of Pre-Kindergarten. She recently completed work as the project manager for a randomized field trial of the Every Classroom, Every Day model for improving instruction, and is currently serving as the principal investigator for the Evaluation of Georgia’s Pre-Kindergarten Professional Development initiative and co-principal Investigator for Montana’s Maternal and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation.