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Join Us at playLabNYU

At playLabNYU, we engage in rigorous applied and evaluation research with a specific focus on the role of play in promoting positive development for young children.  Our lab offers opportunities for high school, undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies and careers in intervention and evaluation, research, education, and/or program development through a critical developmental lens. Our current work aims to: (1) examine the role of play and executive function in developing civically engaged children and youth; (2) document opportunities and access to playful learning across different contexts for young children; (3) evaluate the longitudinal efficacy of a play-based home visitation intervention.  Students who are curious about the value of play, issues of social justice, and are interested in gaining hands-on research experience working with ethnically/racially diverse low-income families and children, are encouraged to apply.

Please Note: Applications are reviewed each semester and all positions require a two-semester commitment and minimum of 12 hours per week.

Open Positions at playLab!

Interested in supporting early head start teachers?

Currently, we seeking part-time early childhood coach(es) to work with Early Head Start teachers and collaboratively develop tailored coaching plans to improve classroom practice.

Responsibilities include:

  • Observe Early Head Start classrooms using the ITERS-R/ECERS-R tools
  • Focus on specific tasks, skills, or techniques within the development domain (language and literacy, health and physical development, approaches to learning, social-emotional development, creative arts, science, mathematics, etc.) which can be measured and mastered
  • Assist teachers to structure and develop environments, routines, and interactions that contribute to positive social behavior for the child
  • Encourage, support, motivate and work interactively with teachers to develop a coaching plan and implement ongoing goals related to specific developmental domains
  • See flyer for details.

If you are interested, please email your resume and cover letter with subject line “Early Childhood Coach” to playlabnyu@gmail.com and complete this online survey by October 15th, 2017.

Fall 2017-Spring 2018: Interested Applicants are Invited to Complete an Online Application

Currently, we are recruiting students to support a variety of playLab projects for the 2017-2018 academic year. 


  • Transcription of teacher interview data on children’s rights
  • Diverse qualitative approaches to coding focus group data
  • Support various quantitative analyses for playLab projects
  • Conduct literature reviews to support grant/manuscript writing
  • Community engagement through retention efforts of two longitudinal RCT’s
  • Assist with the development of content for professional learning sessions for early childhood educators
  • Social media support (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Word Press)  and much more!


  • Coursework in child development, research, evaluation, and intervention.
  • Knowledge of APA a must.
  • Psychology/education majors preferred.
  • Interested in working with underserved communities.
  • You want to learn more about policy and research.
  • Effective organizational and time-management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Oral and written Spanish fluency a plus!
  • Attend weekly team meetings.
  • See Flyer for More Details