Our Team

Ellen Frede

Senior Co-Director and Research Professor 
ellen frede

Expertise and Research Interest

  • Birth to 3rd Grade System Development
  • Emergent Bilingual Practice and Policy
  • ECE Curriculum and Assessment


In her work, Dr. Frede applies what she has learned throughout her varied career in early childhood education, including experience as a teacher of ages 0-8, curriculum and professional development specialist at the HighScope Foundation, teacher educator at The College of New Jersey, researcher, pre-k administrator for the New Jersey Department of Education, education lead in a large Head Start grantee and early learning lead at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

As a co-developer of child and classroom assessment tools and complementary integrated curriculum and professional development systems, Dr. Frede views ECE systems development from multiple lenses: research, utilization focused evaluation, staff development, and teaching and learning. A strand throughout this work has been supporting emergent bilingual acquisition and inclusion of children with disabilities. 

Dr. Frede has edited and written a wide range of books and chapters for research and practice, as well as peer-reviewed journal articles.  


B.A., Early Childhood Education, University of Michigan 

M.A., Human Development, Pacific Oaks College

Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Utah State University