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Arya Ansari

PRC Graduate Student Trainee M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

PRC Graduate Student Trainee; NICHD Pre-doctoral Trainee 2014-2015
Arya Ansari



Arya Ansari holds a Master’s in Human Development and Family Sciences and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at The University of Texas at Austin. His research agenda tries to understand the processes by which social and economic inequalities impact children’s short- and long-term academic, social, and behavioral outcomes and to examine how early childhood education can intervene in these processes and minimize the gap between low-income children and their more affluent peers. Arya previously worked on projects examining urban city children’s experiences in different types of early childhood programs (i.e. center-based care, family childcare, public school pre-K) and has spent his graduate career, thus far, focusing on the home and school contexts as determinants of low-income children’s early school success. His goal is to further the understanding of the early years of development so that children from disadvantaged backgrounds can enter kindergarten ready to learn.


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