Regan works primarily on projects related to the development and evaluation of STEM learning in preschool settings, and has been named a 2014-15 CADRE fellow for her work in DRK-12 STEM research. Through her work in this exciting domain, Regan contributes insight and perspective to the areas of child learning, curriculum development, the professional development of early childhood educators, and the impact of media and technology on early learning. She is also very interested in issues of equity and poverty and the effect of these realities on early childhood development.
Having spent significant time in a variety of preschool classrooms, Regan has had the opportunity to observe the similarities, the disparities, and the wide range of learning that occur across settings and among children with differing cognitive and social-emotional abilities. Before joining CCT, she worked as an educator and special education evaluator, providing individualized services to young children in school, community, and home-based settings. She also has worked as the manager of a therapeutic school for children with neurodevelopmental disorders of relating and communicating, such as autism.
Regan is a researcher on the Ready To Learn project, a federal research and development program using transmedia to improve the math and literacy skills of young children. She also works on a STEM curriculum supplement evaluation project funded by Sesame Workshop, and on Next Generation Preschool Science, a federal research and development project related to the development, refinement, and evaluation of a program for disadvantaged preschoolers to promote their learning of key science practices and concepts.
Regan received a bachelor’s degree in English literature and rhetoric from Binghamton University, and a master’s degree in early childhood education and special education (birth–grade 2) from Hunter College.