Vicki Garavuso

Associate Professor

Main Affiliation

Division of Interdisciplinary Studies (CWE)

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Teaching & Learning


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Vicki Garavuso


Professor Garavuso has been a classroom teacher, a director of child care centers and nursery schools, and has taught at CWE since 2002.  She also conducts workshops for teachers and parents of young children on various topics including how to cultivate children’s mathematical thinking and emergent literacy in pre-school settings. She has taught supervisory methods to child care and nursery directors at CUNY’s School of Professional Development, and was the principal organizer for CWE’s  workshop series with the Executive Leadership Institute serving NYC public daycare directors.       

About her work at the Center, Professor Garavuso says that she is interested in "growing” educators and caregivers who appreciate children’s capacities for learning in supportive, respectful and uninhibited settings.  Her book, Being mentored:  Getting what you need (2010) is aimed at helping novice early childhood educators recognize and benefit from a variety of mentored relationships in academic as well as work settings. 

She is a member of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators and an editorial board member of their journal.  Her research interests include the development of higher education programs that serve the early care and education workforce, early childhood curriculum and instruction, leadership and supervision in early care and education settings, and the development of cultural critical awareness in teachers and leaders who may themselves be from underserved populations.


B.A.  Psychology  Lehman College, CUNY

M.A. Early Childhood Education  Bank Street College of Education

M.S.Ed.  Educational Leadership  Bank Street College of Education

Ed.D.   Curriculum and Teaching Early Childhood Education Teachers College, Columbia University

Courses Taught

ECE I: Theories of Development Applied to Early Childhood Practice

Language Development & Emergent Literacy

Social Studies in EC Settings

Sociology of Education

Student Teaching Seminar