Co-Director, Center for Child & Family Studies
Peter L. Mangione, Ph.D., is Co-Director of WestEd’s Center for Child and Family Studies. For over twenty-five years, he has provided leadership in the development of the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC), a national model for training early childhood practitioners. Dr. Mangione has edited research-based curriculum guides on topics such as early cognitive development and learning, language development and communication, and culturally responsive care. He has also played a major role in creating a series of broadcast quality videos on infant/toddler care and development, early learning and development standards, preschool program guidelines, best practices for young dual language learners, and early childhood educator competencies. He has led the collaboration of developmental research experts in the creation of the California Department of Education’s infant/toddler learning and development foundations, preschool learning foundations, infant/toddler and preschool curriculum frameworks, and the Desired Results Developmental Profile.
Dr. Mangione has served on advisory groups for the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Academy of Sciences in the United States, and ZERO TO THREE. He received a Ph.D. in Education and Human Development from the University of Rochester in 1980 and completed postdoctoral study at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich, Germany.