Gerilyn Slicker portrait

Cohort: 2021

College of Education and Human Development Dean's Scholar

Curriculum Vitae

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Jason Hustedt


Early Childhood Education

Research Interest(s)

Early Childhood Education, Education policy, Parent-child interactions, School readiness, Social inequality

Gerilyn Slicker

Gerilyn is currently a Ph.D Student in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Delaware and a Research Assistant at the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood. Gerilyn’s research interests include school readiness, the transition to kindergarten, and young children’s access to culturally diverse, high-quality early care and education, with an emphasis on the evaluation and development of state- and federal-level early childhood policies. Gerilyn comes to the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego in both Sociology and History, a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the George Washington University, and a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Previously, Gerilyn taught pre-kindergarten in the Head Start and charter school setting and served as a Head Start center director, instructional coach, and education leader. Gerilyn hopes to attain a career in academia, where she will continue to conduct research and deliver instruction at the university level.

Research Projects

  • Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, “Starting at home: Incorporating a parent-child interaction intervention into Early Head Start home visiting”
  • Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, “Stars Plus: Promoting Quality Improvement for Family Child Care Providers in QRIS using a Community of Practice Model”
  • Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, QRIS Measurement Development Project: “Developing a QRIS measure linked to state early learning and development standards and based on program quality standards”

Recent Publications

  • Slicker, G. & Hustedt, J.T. (In press). Children’s School Readiness in Socioeconomically Diverse Pre-K Classrooms. Early Child Development and Care.
  • Reed, E., Scull, J., Slicker, G. and Winkler, A.M. (2012). Defining Strong State Accountability Systems: How Can Better Standards Gain Greater Traction? Washington, D.C.: Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

Recent Presentations

  • Hooper, A., Slicker, G., Hallam, R., & Riser, D. (2019, March). Profiles of Unlisted Home-Based Child Care Providers. In Tonyan, H. (Chair), No One Right Way: Understanding Heterogeneity among Providers and Quality Improvement in Home-Based Child Care. Paper Symposium presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  • Hustedt, J.T., Jung, K., Friedman-Krauss, A.H., Barnett, W.S., & Slicker, G. (2019, March). New Mexico PreK Impacts: Regression-Discontinuity Results Overall and by Child Race/Ethnicity and Cohort. In Weiland, C. (Chair), Evaluating Publicly-Funded Preschool Programs: Understanding Impacts, Impact Variation, and Lasting Effects. Paper Symposium presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  • Friedman-Krauss, A.H., Hustedt, J.T., Jung, K., Barnett, W.S., & Slicker, G. (2019, March). Does Auspice Matter? Impacts of New Mexico PreK in Public and Nonpublic Settings. In McCormick, M. (Chair), Where do PreK Programs Operate Best?: Exploring Variation in PreK Access and Quality in Mixed-Delivery Systems. Paper Symposium presented at the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C..
  • Slicker, G., Han, M., Hustedt, J.T., & Hooper, A. (2018, November). Parent Perspectives on the PFR Intervention as part of Early Head Start. Poster session presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Slicker, G. (2012). From Diverse Play to Sustained Inequality: The Informal Processes and Dissemination of Cultural Capital that Shapes the Young Child’s Early Educational Experience. In G. Slicker (presider), Perceiving Students, Teachers, and Schools. Roundtable conducted at the Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

Professional Experiences

  • Research Assistant, Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, 2017-present
  • Center Director, Acelero Learning St. Elizabeth’s Center, Philadelphia, PA 2015-2017
  • Lead Pre-K Teacher, Bridges Public Charter School, Washington, D.C. 2014-2015
  • Graduate Fellow at Teach for America, Early Childhood Initiative, Education Pioneers 2014
  • Lead Teacher, Acelero Learning Herb Kaufmann Center, Las Vegas, NV 2012-2014
  • Research Assistant, Thomas B. Fordham Institute Education Policy Think Tank, Washington, D.C. 2011-2012

Honors & Awards

  • Dean’s Scholar Award, University of Delaware, 2017-2021
  • Lynn R. Okagaki Graduate Tuition Scholarship, 2019-2020
  • Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence and Leadership in Teaching, Regional Finalist, 2014
  • Cum Laude, University of California, San Diego, 2010

Past Education

  • M.Ed Early Childhood Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2014
  • M.A. Sociology, George Washington University, 2012
  • B.A. with Distinction in Sociology, University of California, San Diego, 2010
  • B.A. History, University of California, San Diego, 2010