Gerilyn Slicker portrait

Cohort: 2021

College of Education and Human Development Dean's Scholar

Curriculum Vitae

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Advisor(s):

Jason Hustedt

Specialization(s):

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. Candidate 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. Broadly, Gerilyn’s research interests are in early childhood policy, with specific focus on investigating and evaluating the influence of federal, state, and local policies on children’s equitable access to quality early childhood education and care. Gerilyn’s research focuses on three primary lines of scholarly work: 1) the influence of federal, state, and local policies on early childhood education access and quality; 2) the effects of publicly funded early care and education experiences (including Head Start, State and Local Pre-Kindergarten, and programs that serve children receiving child care subsidies) on children’s development; and 3) school readiness and the transition to kindergarten. Her dissertation is a mixed methods investigation of child care providers’ participation in the child care subsidy system. 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.

Grants and External Funding

  • Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Child Care Research Scholar Dissertation Grant. Title: “Examining Provider Participation in the Child Care Subsidy System: A Mixed Methods Study”. Award: $50,000. Role: PI and Research Scholar. Faculty Mentor: Jason Hustedt.

Recent Publications

  • Cutler, L. & Slicker, G. (In press). Depictions of teachers and teacher practices in picture books about starting kindergarten. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy. https://doi.org/10.1177/14687984211029031
  • Hooper, A., Slicker, G., Riser, D. (In press). Identifying a typology of unlisted paid home-based child care providers using latent profile analysis. Early Education and Development. https://doi.org/10.1080/10409289.2020.1829293
  • Slicker, G., Barbieri, C.A., Collier, Z.K. & Hustedt, J.T. (2021). Parental involvement during the kindergarten transition and children’s early reading and mathematics skills. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 55, 363-376. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2021.01.004
  • Hustedt, J.T., Jung, K., Friedman-Krauss, A.H., Barnett, W.S., & Slicker, G. (2021). Impacts of the New Mexico Pre-K Initiative by Children’s Race/Ethnicity. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 54(1), 194-203. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2020.09.006
  • Slicker, G. & Hustedt, J.T. (2020). Children’s School Readiness in Socioeconomically Diverse Pre-K Classrooms. Early Child Development and Care, 190 (15), 2366-2379. https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2019.1582527
  • Slicker, G., Tang, J., & Kelly, C.L. (2020). Workforce-, classroom-, and program- level predictors of quality in infant and toddler programs: How subsidized programs compare with other center-based programs. Children and Youth Services Review, 119, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105675
  • Cutler, L. & Slicker, G. (2020). Picture book portrayals of the transition to kindergarten: Who is responsible? Early Childhood Education Journal, 48, 793-813. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-020-01040-w

Recent Presentations

  • Slicker, G. & Hustedt, J.T. (2021, April). Predictors of provider participation in the childcare subsidy system: Insights from a nationally representative sample [Paper session]. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. Virtual Conference.
  • Slicker, G., Tang, J., & Kelly, C.L. (2021, April). Comparing predictors of quality in infant and toddler early education programs operating in lower-income areas [Roundtable session]. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. Virtual Conference
  • Slicker, G., Tang, J., & Kelly, C.L. (2021, April). Workforce and program features of quality: How does Early Head Start compare to other programs? In G. Slicker (chair), Meeting the mandate for delivering comprehensive services for families: Early Head Start supports and outcomes [Paper Symposium]. Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. Virtual Conference.
  • Hooper, A., Hustedt, J.T., & Slicker, G. (2021, April). Profiles of family functioning and stress as a predictor of Early Head Start children’s social-emotional outcomes. In G. Slicker (chair), Meeting the mandate for delivering comprehensive services for families: Early Head Start supports and outcomes [Paper Symposium]. Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. Virtual Conference.
  • Slicker, G., Barbieri, C.A., Collier, Z.K., & Hustedt, J.T. (2021, April). Profiles of parent involvement during the kindergarten transition and children’s school readiness [Individual Flash Talk]. Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. Virtual Conference.
  • Hooper, A., Gaviria-Loaiza, J., & Slicker, G. (2021, April). Families’ perceived quality of the family-teacher relationship as a predictor of child outcomes. [Individual Flash Talk]. Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. Virtual Conference.
  • Kelly, C.L., Slicker, G., & Hustedt, J.T. (2021, April). Contributions of mothers’ parenting behaviors to infants’ and toddlers’ social-emotional development. [Poster Session]. Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. Virtual Conference.
  • Riser, D., Pic, A., Slicker, G., & Zaman, S. (2021, April). Child care affordability among families who have children with disabilities. [Poster Session]. Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. Virtual Conference.
  • Hooper, A., Hustedt, J.T., Slicker, G., Hallam, R., Gaviria-Loaiza, J., Han, M., & Vu, J. (2020, November). Neighborhood socioeconomic disadvantage as a predictor of family stress in Early Head Start families [Poster session]. National Research Conference on Early Childhood. Arlington, VA (conference held virtually).
  • Hooper, A., Gaviria-Loaiza, J., Slicker, G., Hustedt, J.T., & Hallam, R. (2020, July). Neighborhood socioeconomic disadvantage as a predictor of family stress in families of at-risk infants and toddlers. [Poster session]. International Congress of Infant Studies. Glasgow, Scotland (conference held virtually).
  • Slicker, G., Barbieri, C.A., & Collier, Z.K. (2020, April). Parental expectations and involvement during the transition to kindergarten [Roundtable session]. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA (conference cancelled).
  • Slicker, G., Lewis, S., Hustedt, J.T., & Buell, M.J. (2020, April). Expectations and transition supports for entering kindergarteners: Profiles of kindergarten teachers [Poster session]. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA (conference cancelled).

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