JUDY SCHICKEDANZ is a Professor of Education at Boston University, where she has served as director of the Laboratory Preschool and as coordinator of the early childhood program. She has worked with a wide range of preschool programs in the area of preschool literacy development. Dr. Schickedanz has served within the International Reading Association as past president of the Literacy Development in Young Children Special Interest Group, and as a member of the Early Literacy Committee, and as a member of the Early Childhood Commission. She served as a member of the Teaching Resources Team for NAEYC's accreditation revision in 2004. Dr. Schickedanz has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and books, including Much More Than the ABC's, Understanding Children and Adolescents, and Writing in the Preschool: Orchestrating Meaning and Marks.

DAVID DICKINSON is a Professor at the Peabody College of Education, Vanderbilt University. He received his doctoral training at Harvard's Graduate School of Education after working as an elementary school teacher in the Philadelphia area for five years. For twenty years he has studied language and early literacy development among low-income populations and developed and studied varied approaches to helping preschool teachers more effectively support children's language and literacy growth. He has served on many national advisory panels, including serving as a Commissioner to NAEYC helping it revise its program accreditation standards.


The CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG SCHOOLS in Charlotte, North Carolina are pioneers in the implementation of a literacy-based curriculum designed to lay the foundation for early school success. They participated in the scientific research and assisted in creating the professional development materials for Opening the World of Learning.