J. Ronald Lally


  • Child development
  • Cognition and brain development
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Early learning
  • Language acquisition
  • Poverty
  • Preschool

J. Ronald Lally received his 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. While at the University of Florida, he directed one of the first home visiting programs for infants in the U.S. He was also formerly a professor at Syracuse University and chair of its Department of Child and Family Studies. Currently he is the co-director of the Center for Child and Family Studies at WestEd, where he has directed the work of its program for infant/toddler care for 30 years. He also is the director of For Our Babies, a national movement housed at WestEd advocating for availability and affordability of services for U.S. families during pregnancy and the infancy period. Lally consults nationally and internationally on programs and policies for infants, toddlers and their families and has produced 20 videos on quality infant/toddler care. 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 Early Head Start initiative.