Coronavirus Update

For the safety of our community, UWPCE programs will be taught remotely for the 2020-21 academic year.

For more information, see our Coronavirus FAQ

Meet the Instructor

Gail Joseph

Gail E. Joseph is a former Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) teacher, and the Bezos Family Foundation Distinguished Professor in Early Learning. She teaches courses, advises students, provides services and conducts research on topics related to early learning and equity, childcare quality, teacher preparation, early childhood mental health and school readiness. She is the founding executive director of Cultivate Learning at the University of Washington and was the director of the Head Start Center for Inclusion ( and co-director of the National Center for Quality Teaching and Learning funded by the Office of Head Start. 

At Cultivate Learning, Joseph oversees the work of quality ratings in all licensed childcare and PreK programs in the state and creates professional learning resources such as Circle Time Magazine and the Meaningful Makeover series. Additionally, she is the founding director of the EarlyEdU Alliance. The EarlyEdU Alliance is focused on increasing the quality of early learning settings nationwide by making relevant, affordable bachelor’s degrees accessible to the early childhood workforce. Joseph is the 2018 recipient of the David R. Thorud Leadership Award at the University of Washington.

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