Issue Editor, Susan Landry's point of view and summary of the articles in Family Well-Being and Social Environments.

Author Biography

Dr. Susan Landry, a nationally recognized expert in early childhood education, is the Founder and Director of the Children's Learning Institute at the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center. Dr. Landry's research into environmental factors that promote early cognitive and social development led to her development of the framework for the Center for Improving the Readiness of Children for Learning and Education (CIRCLE), which led to the implementation of the Texas Early Education Model (TEEM) in pre-kindergarten classrooms across Texas. Dr. Landry conducts numerous research projects and training activities promoting quality learning environments with parents, teachers, and childcare staff for young children. Her numerous research programs have generated a large research database on early childhood. More than 120 peer-reviewed publications and over two dozen chapters describe the findings of these research studies. She is currently involved in using the knowledge gained from years of studying young children to help promote the national goals of early childhood literacy and language initiatives.