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Gerilyn Slicker, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education
CEB 143
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Gerilyn Slicker is an assistant professor of early childhood education in the Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education. Slicker’s scholarship focuses on early childhood policy, with specific focus on investigating and evaluating the influence of federal, state, and local policies on children's equitable access to early care and education (ECE). Her research agenda also examines the impact of publicly funded ECE, including Head Start and state and local pre-K, on children’s development and how positive outcomes can be sustained during the kindergarten transition.

Slicker is currently engaged in in work funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services examining the influence of state-level child care subsidy policies on children’s equitable access to child care and early education, with a focus on groups of children that have historically lacked ECE access. In addition, Slicker is working with the Nevada Department of Education on several projects to support Nevada’s Preschool Development Grant (PDG) B-5 Renewal Grant, including initiatives to help expand access to child care and early education for Nevada’s children and to enhance supports for children and families as they transition into kindergarten.

Her work has been published in journals such as Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Children and Youth Services Review, Journal of Family Psychology, Early Education and Development, and Journal of Early Childhood Literacy.

Slicker was previously a preschool teacher, instructional coach, and administrator in early childhood programs in a variety of locations in the U.S., including Las Vegas.

Research Expertise
Child Care and Early Education Access; Early Childhood Education Policy; Child Development;
Early Childhood Education; Mixed Methods Research

Ph.D. – Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Delaware
M.Ed. – Early Childhood Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
M.A. – Sociology, George Washington University
B.A. – Sociology, University of California, San Diego
B.A. – History, University of California, San Diego