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Straus Center for Young Children & Families

A Powerful Research-based Approach

Straus Center

The Straus Center for Young Children & Families at the Bank Street College of Education was founded in 2015 to advance research and policy in the realm of early childhood development and learning from birth to age eight. It will build an evidence base to inform early childhood practice and help develop scalable high-quality models to support young children and their families.

The Straus Center aims to meet this need. The Center will produce and disseminate new scholarship to influence the field of early childhood care and educational practice, and address key challenges in the field by fostering and supporting intensive, ongoing efforts to realize the promise of every young child.


About Lynn Straus

Lynn StrausThe Straus Center has been made possible with a generous gift from Lynn Straus, GS ’57, who served for more than 25 years as a trustee of Bank Street College of Education.

After graduating from Bank Street, teaching first grade, and starting a family, Lynn helped to found and then direct the preschool program that became a model for the national Head Start program and grew into one of the first New York State Experimental Pre-Kindergarten Programs. She remains a passionate advocate for and generous patron of quality early childhood education programs, especially those benefiting the youngest children and meeting the needs of children and families in under-served communities.

Bank Street honored Lynn's contributions and legacy at the 2015 Trustees’ Dinner.