president and cofounder of the Families and Work Institute, helped establish
the field of work and family life at Bank Street College of Education, where
she was on the faculty for twenty-five years. At the institute, she continues
to conduct seminal research on the changing workforce and changing family. Her
more than forty books and reports include Ask the Children and
the now-classic Six Stages of Parenthood. She has received
numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the 2004 Distinguished
Achievement Award from Vassar College. She served as the elected president of
the National Association for the Education of Young Children and was elected a
fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 2005. She holds a Master
of Science degree in child development and education from Bank Street College
of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in child study from Vassar College.
A popular keynote speaker, she was a presenter at the White House Conference on
Child Care in 1997 and on teenagers in 2000. She is featured regularly in the
media, including appearances on Good Morning America, ABC World
News, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.