Kay Sanders is Professor of Child Development. She received her Ph.D. at UCLA Graduate School of Education. Sanders teaches the undergraduate series of courses in the Department of Education and Child Development. Her research focuses on the racial and ethnic socialization processes of child care for low-income racial, ethnic, and language minority children.
Her research focuses on how experiences associated with culture, race and ethnicity in professional child care programs influence children’s present and future social and emotional development. She is the recipient of research awards such as the Spencer Fellowship, 2000 - 2003; an NIMH Training Fellowship, 2003 - 2004; and an Irvine Fellowship in Child Development, 2004. She is a research fellow of the National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education, and a Co-Principal Investigator of a study using national child care data, “Exploring Child Care Cultural Congruency: Predictors and Pathways to Social and Emotional Outcomes in Kindergarten,” Secondary Analyses of Data on Child Care, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation.