Associate Professor, Rutgers University, Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Institute for the Study of Child Development
Research Fellow, National Institute for Early Education ResearchB.A., Wittenberg University; M..A., Ph.D., University of Virginia
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- Education policy
- Early childhood education and intervention
- Workforce development for early childhood teachers
- Language and social indicators of school readiness
Dr. Curenton studies the social, cognitive, and language development of low-income and minority children within various ecological contexts, such as parent-child interactions, early childhood education programs, the early childhood workforce, and related state and federal policies. She serves as the associate editor for Early Childhood Research Quarterly, and past associate and guest editor of Early Education and Development. Her research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Program Research and Evaluation, the National Academy of Science, Ford Predoctoral Fellowship, American Education Research Association, and the Foundation for Child Development. She worked as a policy fellow in the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care through a Society for Research on Child Development/American Association for the Advancement of Science Policy Fellowship. She earned her Ph.D. in Developmental and Community Psychology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Curenton has been recognized as a national leader in the early education field through her appointment to the governing board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). For more information about her projects, click on the tabs above.
- Introduction to Planning, Policy and Health
- Global Poverty
- Human Development & Public Policy
- Education Policy & Policy Making
- Education Policy and Policy Making: Achievement Gaps to Education Reform
- Policy Practicum I
- 2014: Iruka, I., U. Curenton, S. M., & Eke, W.A.I (2014). The CRAF-E4 Family Engagement Model: Building Practitioners’ Competence to Work with Diverse Families. Boston: Elseiver.
- 2013: Curenton, S. M., & Iruka, I. ( 2013) Cultural Competence in Early Childhood Education. San Diego: Bridgepoint Education
- 2010: Curenton, S. M. (2010). Special Issue: Narratives as Learning Tools to Promote School Readiness. S. M. Curenton (Ed.), Early Education and Development, 21.
Chapters in Books or Monographs
- 2014: Curenton, S. M. , & Gardner-Neblett, N. (2014). Narrative Thinking: Implications for Black Children’s Social Cognition . In S. Robson and S. F. Quinn (Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children’s Thinking (pp. xxx-xxx). Oxford: Routledge.
- 2013: Curenton, S. M., Justice, L. M., Zucker, T., & McGinty, A. (2013). Language and Literacy Curriculum and Instruction. In V. Buysse & E. Peisner-Feinberg (Eds.), Handbook of Response to Intervention (RTI) for Early Childhood (pp. 237-249). Baltimore: Brookes.
- 2011: Curenton, S. M. (2011). Multicultural issues. In J. N. Kaderavek (Ed.), Language disorders in children: Fundamental concepts of assessment and intervention (pp.382-412). Boston, MA: Pearson.
Articles in Refereed Journals
- 2013: Kennedy, S., & Curenton, S. M. (2013). Is the socioemotional quality of emergent reading interactions related to young children’s emergent reading skills? The URC Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences.
- 2013: Curenton, S. M., & Kennedy, S. (2013). Comparison of Shared Reading versus Emergent Reading: How the Two Provide Distinct Opportunities for Early Literacy, ISRN Education.
- 2013: Piasta, S., Justice, L. M., Cabell, S., Wiggins, A., Turnball, K., & Curenton, S. M. (2012). Impact of Professional Development on Preschool Teachers’ Conversational Responsiveness. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 27, 387-400. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2012.01.001.
- 2013: Curenton, S. M., & Zucker, T. (2013). Instructional Conversations in Early Childhood Classrooms: Policy Suggestions for Curriculum Standards and Professional Development. Creative Education: Preschool Special Issue.
- 2011: Cabell, S. Q., Justice, L. M., Piasta, S. P., Curenton, S. M., Wiggins, A., Pence Turnbull, K., & Petscher, Y. (2011). The impact of teacher responsivity education on preschoolers’ language and literacy skills. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 20, 315-330. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2011/10-0104)
- 2011: Crowley, J. & Curenton, S. M. (2011). Organizational social support and parenting challenges among Mocha Moms. Family relations, 60, 1-14.
- 2010: Curenton, S. M. (2010). Understanding the Landscape of Stories: The Association between Preschoolers’ Narrative Comprehension and Production Skills and Cognitive Abilities. Early Child Development and Care, 1-18, iFirst.
- 2010: Curenton, S. M. (2010). Introduction to the Special Issue: Narratives as Learning Tools to Promote School Readiness. Early Education and Development, 21, 287-292.
- 2012: Nores, M., Barnett, W. S., & Curenton, S. M. (2011, December). Determinants of Household Participation in Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Program. NIEER Working Paper. New Brunswick: NIEER.
- 2012: Nores, M., Barnett, W. S., Epstein, D., & Curenton, S. M. (2011, December). Who’s in the Circle? A Study of Family Participation in Georgia’s Pre-K Program. NIEER Working Paper. New Brunswick: NIEER.
- 2012: Schilder, D., Kimura, S., Elliot, K., & Curenton, S. M. (2011). Perspectives on the impact of Pre-K expansion: Factors to consider and lessons from New York and Ohio. Preschool Policy Facts. New Brunswick, NJ: National Institute for Early Education Research.
- 2011: Schilder, D., Kimura, S., Elliot, K., & Curenton, S. M. (2011, January). Perspectives on the impact of Pre-K expansion: Factors to consider and lessons from New York and Ohio. NIEER Policy Brief, Issue 21. New Brunswick, NJ: National Institute for Early Education Research.
- 2010: Schilder, D. E., Curenton, S., Kimura, S., & Lee, J. (2010, March). Supply brief: Changes in configuration of child care in Ohio. Newton, MA: Education Development Center.
- 2010: Curenton, S. M., & Schilder, D. E. (2009, Dec). Impact of Pre-K Expansion on Child Care for Low-Income Families: Overview Brief. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University