Stephanie Kuntz portrait

Cohort: 2021

Research Interest(s)

relationship-based early intervention and prevention programs

Stephanie Kuntz

Stephanie is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences and a Research Assistant at the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood. Stephanie comes to the University of Delaware with a Master of Science Degree in Child Development and a Bachelor of Science in Child Development with a Minor in Business Administration and Emphasis in Infant and Toddler Development from the University of La Verne. Previously, she worked at NAEYC accredited Child Development Centers and as an Early Intervention Home Visitor for children 0-3 with developmental delays or at high risk of developing them and their families. Stephanie also holds a Child Development Center Director Permit through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Her research interests relate to fostering secure attachment including relationship-based early intervention and prevention programs, particularly in vulnerable and/or underrepresented populations (e.g. families impacted by adoption, foster care, chronic illness, LGBTQ+ families, and infants born premature) to promote resilience.

Professional Experiences

  • Research Assistant, Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, September 2021- present
  • Early Intervention Home Visitor, VIP Tots, Hemet, CA, January 2020 to July 2021
  • Teacher, Fairplex Child Development Center, Pomona, CA, September 2018 to January 2020
  • Substitute Teacher, The Walt Disney Company (Corporate), Burbank, CA, April 2018 to September 2018
  • Staff Member, Stars of Tomorrow Children’s Theater, Redlands, CA, 2011 to 2017

Honors and Awards

  • La Verne Grad Scholarship, University of La Verne, Fall 2020
  • Summer Scholarship, University of La Verne, Summer 2020
  • Dean’s List, University of La Verne, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019
  • La Verne Grant, University of La Verne, Fall 2017 to Fall 2019
  • Trustee Scholarship, University of La Verne, Fall 2017 to Fall 2019
  • Cum Laude with University and Departmental Honors, University of La Verne, 2019

Professional Memberships

  • California Early Care and Education Workforce Registry 2017-Current

Past Education

  • S. Child Development, University of La Verne, 2020
  • S. Child Development, University of La Verne, 2019
    • Graduated Cum Laude with University and Departmental Honors
    • Minor: Business Administration
    • Emphasis: Infant and Toddler Development