Cara Cuccuini-Harmon portrait

Cohort: 2021


Curriculum Vitae

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Jennifer Gallo-Fox


Early Childhood Development, Early Childhood Education

Research Interest(s)

At-risk youth populations in early childhood, Early Childhood Education, Education policy, Executive function, Mindfulness

Cara Cuccuini-Harmon

Cara Cuccuini-Harmon is a third year PhD student in the Human Development and Family Studies program. Her research focuses on early childhood education. She has specific interest in at risk populations, executive function skills, and play. Prior to entering the PhD program, Cara was a field instructor for student teachers, a Title I kindergarten teacher, and ECAP special education teacher. Her goals for the future include working within academia and research to better understand her areas of interest and its’ impact on children’s learning as well as helping to prepare future teacher educators to meet the educational demands of young children.

Recent Publications

(Works in progress)

  • Cuccuini-Harmon, C.M. & Gallo-Fox, J. K-12 Standards and Accountability Reform and Early Childhood Teacher Practice: Implications for Developmentally Appropriate Practices and Classroom Curriculum.
  • Cuccuini-Harmon, C. School Readiness and Children Living in Poverty.
  • Cuccuini-Harmon, C. The Impact of Play on School Achievement of Children Living in Poverty.

Recent Presentations

  • Cuccuini-Harmon, C. (March 2016). The Impact of Play on School Achievement of Children Living in Poverty.  Poster session for the International Conference for The Association for the Study of Play and American Association for the Child’s Right to Play in New Brunswick, NJ.
  • Cuccuini-Harmon, C. & J. Gallo-Fox. (November 2014) Early Childhood Teacher Practice and Policy Reform: Implications for Developmentally Appropriate Practices and Classroom Curriculum. Paper presentation for the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Spring Conference in Dallas, TX.
  • Cuccuini-Harmon, C. M. & Peace, J. (2013, April).  Literacy: Making connections.  Presented at DAEYC Making a Difference Conference in Dover, DE.
  • Cuccuini-Harmon, C. M. & Peace, J. (2012, June) Literacy: Making Connections Between Required Standards and Interactive Play Based Lessons. Presented at Jane Davidson Forum on Play in Newark, DE.

Professional Experience

  • Instructor, HDFS 221 Child Development II: Ages 3-10; 2015
  • Instructor, HDFS 201 Lifespan Development; 2016
  • Teaching Assistant, HDFS 411 Inclusive Curriculum and Assessment, Infants and Toddlers, 2016
  • Teaching Assistant, HDFS 413 Early Childhood Inclusive Science Curriculum and Assessment, 2016
  • Clinical Field Instructor for Early Childhood Education Teacher Candidates, 2015-2016
  • Research Assistant to Dr. Jennifer Gallo-Fox, 2014-present
  • Kindergarten Teacher, Title I, P.S. DuPont,  Brandywine School District,  2002-2004
  • ECAP Special Education Teacher, P.S. DuPont,  Brandywine School District, 1997-2002

Honors & Awards

  • Kappa Omicron Nu, National Honor Society, 2015
  • Nominate for the Excellence in Teaching Award, 2016

Professional Associations

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators
  • International Reading Association
  • Literacy Development in Young Children
  • The Association for the Study of Play
  • US Play Coalition

Past Education

  • M.S. Human Development and Family Studies, University of Delaware, 2001
  • B.S. Early Childhood Development and Special Education, University of Delaware, 1995;
  • B.A. Psychology, University of Delaware, 1991