Frontiers in Early Childhood: School Psychology and Supporting Young Children

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,10
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 9: Issues in School Psychology, Education, and Supervision

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. become familiar with the intersection between school psychology and the early childhood workforce.
  2. recognize some of the types of positions school psychologists hold in early childhood settings.
  3. become familiar with the training and experiences that can lead school psychologists to work with young children.


There is increasing recognition that school psychologists work in early childhood settings (e.g., Child Find, preschools, pediatrics) and that school psychologists’ skills are well suited for these settings. Limited scholarly work has explored school psychologists’ pursuing careers in early childhood settings. This presentation will present findings from in-depth interviews conducted with five school psychologists about their professional roles in early childhood settings, and the paths that brought them there.



Rachel Stein, University of Colorado Denver
Marisa E. Marraccini, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Shannon M. Suldo, University of South Florida


Christopher W. Drapeau


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