Laura Scharphorn, PhD

Research Associate

800.587.5639 Ext 230

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Dr. Laura Scharphorn is a Research Associate at the Center for Early Education Research and Evaluation (CEERE) at HighScope Educational Research Foundation. Dr. Scharphorn leads research and evaluations on child care and preschool programs that seek to close achievement and opportunity gaps for vulnerable children and their families. This work focuses on long-term associations between children’s school readiness, including self-regulation, literacy, and math, and their later school and life success. Currently, she directs the US Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) partnership with Detroit Public Schools Community District. The i3 project enhances the components of the HighScope Curriculum that were related to positive lifetime outcomes in the Perry Preschool Study and trains and coaches teachers to implement the curriculum in their classrooms. She also leads the evaluation of the Brightmoor Childcare Quality Initiative, a foundation-funded intervention to increase the quality of childcare programs and school readiness in the Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit. Since joining HighScope four years ago, Dr. Scharphorn has co-led an evaluation of the Parents as Teachers—Innovative Approaches to Literacy evaluation and contributed to evaluations of Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program and the Numbers Plus Mathematics Curriculum. Dr. Scharphorn completed her PhD in applied developmental psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is passionate about evidence-based investments in early childhood and building the research base of innovative education programs.

  • Scharphorn, L. & Iruka, I.U. (2018, June). Supporting Community-based Childcare Providers’ Implementation of a Self-Regulation Intervention through Coaching. Poster presented at the Administration for Children and Families National Research Conference on Early Childhood (NRCEC) conference, Arlington, VA.
  • Awkward-Rich, L., Scharphorn, L. & Iruka, I.U. (2018, June). Quality Vs. Convenience: How Low-Income Parents Make Childcare Choices. Poster presented at the Administration for Children and Families National Research Conference on Early Childhood (NRCEC) conference, Arlington, VA.
  • Scharphorn, L., Iruka, I.U., Maier, C. B., Pirkola, M., & Thompson, A. (2018, May). HighScope’s Current Research Collaborations in Detroit. Panel presented at the HighScope International Conference, Detroit, MI.
    Awkward-Rich, L. & Scharphorn, L. (2018, May). How Detroit Parents Select Child Care. Panel presented at the HighScope International Conference, Detroit, MI.
  • Scharphorn, L. & Wakabayashi, T. (2017, November). Learning from Long-Term Evaluations to Continually Inform Programming: An Example from a Community-based School Readiness Initiative. In K.B. LaVelle (chair), Using Data to Drive Improvement. Symposium paper session presented at the 31st Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Washington, DC.
  • US Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) Project
  • Brightmoor Childcare Quality Initiative Evaluation
  • Parents as Teachers—Innovative Approaches to Literacy Evaluation
  • Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program Evaluation
  • Numbers Plus Mathematics Curriculum Evaluation
  • Bachman, H. J., Degol, J. L., Elliott, L., Scharphorn, L., El Nokali, N. E., & Palmer, K. M. (2017). Preschool math exposure in private center-based care and low-SES children’s math development. Early Education and Development, 29(3), 417-434. doi: 10.1080/10409289.2017.1406245
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