Larry Schweinhart
President Emeritus


  • Early childhood and preschool

Larry Schweinhart is an early childhood program researcher and speaker throughout the U.S. and around the world. He has conducted research at the HighScope Educational Research Foundation since 1975, chaired its research division from 1989 to 2003, served as president from 2003 to 2013, and is now president emeritus. He has directed the HighScope Perry Preschool Study, the landmark study establishing the lasting value of high-quality preschool programs; the HighScope Preschool Curriculum Comparison Study, which shows the lasting value of child-initiated learning activities; the longitudinal evaluation of the Michigan School Readiness Program for 4 year olds at risk of school failure; Validation of the HighScope Child Observation Record as a way to assess young children’s development; and HighScope’s Head Start Quality Research Center. Schweinhart received his doctorate in education from Indiana University in 1975 and has taught elementary school and college courses. He and his wife have two children and five grandchildren.