Edward Zigler
Director Emeritus


  • Child development
  • Parent involvement

Edward Zigler received his doctorate in clinical psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. He joined the psychology department at Yale in 1959 and also served on the faculty of Yale’s Child Study Center. He founded and is director emeritus of Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. He is currently Sterling professor of psychology, emeritus, but remains active in his scholarly and social policy endeavors. He conceptualized the School of the 21st Century, which has been adopted by more than 1,300 schools in 20 states. Zigler helped to plan several national projects and policies, including Head Start, Early Head Start, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. In the early 1970s, he served as the founding director of the U.S. Office of Child Development (now ACF) and chief of the U.S. Children’s Bureau. Zigler is the author, coauthor, or editor of over 800 scholarly publications and 40 books. He has received several honorary degrees. He has served as a consultant to every administration since that of Lyndon Johnson.