- Capotosto, L., Kim, J.S., Burkhauser, M., Park, S.O., Mulimbi, B., Donaldson, M., & Kingston, H.C. (2017). Family support of third-grade reading skills, motivation, and habits. AERA Open, 3(3), 1-16.
- Park, S.O., & Yoshikawa, H. (2017). Contemporary immigration policy and early childhood development. In E. Votruba-Drzal and E. Dearing (Eds.), Handbook of Early Childhood Development Programs, Practices, and Policies. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- Weiland, C., Charles, D., Grace, E., & Park, S.O. (2017). Natural window of opportunity? Low-income parents’ responses to their children’s impending kindergarten entry. AERA Open, 3(1), 1-15. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2332858416681509
- Warren, M.R., Park, S.O., & Tieken, M.C. (2016). The formation of community engaged scholars advancing equitable policy and practice: A collaborative approach to doctoral training in educational research. Harvard Educational Review, 86(4).
- Schindler, H.S., Kholoptseva, J., Oh, S.S., Yoshikawa, H., Shonkoff, J.P., Duncan, G.J., & Magnuson, K. (2015). Maximizing the potential of early childhood education to prevent externalizing behavior problems: A meta-analysis. Journal of School Psychology, 53(3), 243-263.
- Britto, P.R., Yoshikawa, H., Ponguta, L. A., Reyes, M., Oh, S.S., Dimaya, R., Nieto, A.M., & Seder, R. (2014). Strengthening systems for integrated early childhood development services: Cross-national analyses of governance. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1308, 245-255.
- Oh, S.S. & Yoshikawa, H. (2012). Examining spiritual capital and acculturation across ecological settings: Developmental implications for children and youth in diverse immigrant families. In Garcia Coll, C. (Ed.), Contributions to Human Development Vol. 24: The Impact of Immigration on Children’s Development (pp. 77-98). Basel, Switzerland: S. Karger AG.
- Oh, S.S., & Cooc, N. (Special Issue Editors) (2011). Immigration, youth, and education. Harvard Educational Review, 81(3).
- Oh, S.S., & Cooc, N. (2011). Immigration, Youth and Education: Editors’ Introduction. Harvard Educational Review, 81(3), 397-407.
- Catone, K., Chung, C.K., & Oh, S.S. (2011). An appetite for change: Building relational cultures for educational reform and civic engagement in Los Angeles. In M. R. Warren, K. L. Mapp, and the Community Organizing and School Reform Project (Eds.), A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform, (Chapter 3, pp. 66-98). New York: Oxford University Press. [equal authorship]
- Afolabi, K.P., Bocala, C., DiAquoi, R., Hayden, J.M., Liefshitz, I., & Oh. S.S. (Eds.) (2011). Education for a Multicultural Society. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press. [equal authorship]
- Snow, C.E., & Oh, S.S. (2010). Assessment in early literacy research. In S. B. Neuman and D. K. Dickinson (Eds.), Handbook of Early Literacy Research. (Vol. 3, pp. 375-395). New York: Guilford Press.
- Park, S.O. (2020). Genesis, Expansion, & Sustenance of Voice in Scholarly Writing. University of Washington, Seattle, WA, January 23.
- Mickelson, S., Park S.O., & Wiltshire, L. (2019). State Policy-Research-Advocacy Partnerships in Driving PreK System Improvement. Partnership for PreK: A Conversation about Strengthening Early Learning Systems, Ounce of Prevension, Chicago, IL, June 20.
- Park, S.O. (2017). Lifting Up Children of Immigrants. EduTalks: Raise Washington. Early Achievers Institute (with Child Care Aware of Washington and WA State Department of Early Learning). Spokane, WA, October 20.
- Park, S.O. (2017). Early childhood development and parental investment among low-income, ethnically diverse families. University of Washington West Coast Poverty Center, Seattle, WA, January 23.
- Park, S.O. (2016). Forum commentator on the AERA’s Centennial Lecture Series, “Early Education and the Brain: Making Novel Connections” (Dr. Bruce McCandliss), Seattle, WA, December 6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGmbcNz9JQ8&feature=youtu.be
- Park, S.O. (2016). The evidence base linking parents’ unauthorized immigration status and developmental consequences for their children. Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS), Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Washington DC, June 1-3.
Soojin Oh Park is an assistant professor in Early Childhood and Family Studies at the University of Washington (UW) College of Education. She is a core faculty member of the Learning Sciences and Human Development and the Education, Equity, and Society programs, and an affiliate faculty of the West Coast Poverty Center and Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology.
Dr. Park studies early childhood development and parenting in the context of culture, immigration, and public policy. In particular, she is concerned with systematically improving educational equity at all levels of early childhood education across both institutional and informal contexts of development. She seeks to understand how learning and development unfold across socioeconomically and culturally diverse ecologies and help create policies that humanize and reimagine early learning environments that reflect the hopes and priorities of historically underserved, non-dominant families and communities.
Dr. Park directs the Early childhood development, Parenting, Immigration, and Culture (EPIC) lab that integrates perspectives across education, developmental science, and public policy in pursuing three interconnected lines of research:
• Evaluating and improving early childhood system, policy, and program
• Supporting racialized Dual Language Learners (DLLs) and immigrant-origin children
• Understanding parenting and family context of early childhood development (ECD)
Evaluating and Improving Early Childhood Policies, Systems, and Programs through an Equity Lens
Dr. Park's current program of research stems from her early work in evaluating the impact of early childhood policies and programs on children’s development and parenting practice. While causal inference is central to answering many policy-relevant questions, experimental evaluation can only tell us whether a treatment causally affected an outcome but they cannot tell us how and why such an effect occurs. Greater attention in the field of ECE has been focused on impacts than processes. To better understand “active ingredients” or mechanisms in these programs that enhance the quality of early learning experiences, Dr. Park examines the role of statewide research-practice-policy partnership (RPP) in anchoring systemic supports for states to continuously improve the quality of publicly funded prekindergarten (preK). She is leading a team to conduct multi-year, cross-state case studies to investigate (1) how these states develop equitable, cross-sectoral partnerships for continuous quality improvement and evidence-based decision making; and (2) how contexts of state preK (governance, leadership, advocacy, fiscal systems, workforce development, and politics) facilitate or impede quality improvement efforts. This will be one of the first large-scale, cross-state studies to investigate state-driven improvement efforts in advancing equity and quality at scale.
Supporting racialized Dual Language Learners (DLLs) and Immigrant-Origin Children
Decades of scientific evidence suggest that high-quality early education benefits all children, with substantially larger gains in learning among DLLs in low-income, immigrant families. However, much work is needed to understand the developmental contexts and processes of this increasingly diverse and fastest growing segment of U.S. child population. One of Dr. Park’s current projects is dedicated to expanding the notion of DLLs beyond their language background and literacy skills. In a mixed-methods study, Early Learning and Development among Asian Americans (ELDA), Dr. Park examines critical ecologies and processes of development for this increasingly diverse population of emergent bilingual and multilingual children. In particular she is interested in understanding how parents use translanguaging and community cultural wealth to promote early cognitive, language, and literacy skills among Emergent Asian bilingual children, and how these practices can point to transformative possibilities in educational policy, teacher training, and instructional practice.
Understanding Parenting and Family Context of Early Childhood Development
Families and home environment serve as the first and primary context of development in the early life span. The role of parenting and family context present promising policy levers (or family-level mediators) yet current evidence base and broad-based early childhood quality improvement efforts focus much less on the role of families and communities. To this effort, Dr. Park examines the role of parental investment in exacerbating and mitigating inequities and injustices in early childhood from geographically, racially, and socioeconomically diverse communities. In particular she is interested in meaningful yet understudied ways in which non-dominant families engage and expand their young children's learning at home. The central aims of her study, FAMILY (Fathers And Mothers Investing in the Learning of Young Children), are to  expand and complicate dominant notions of critical parenting knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) by privileging the voices of parents of young children;  explore how family socioeconomic factors might shape parenting during early childhood; and  render cultural processes and assets of non-dominant parents who are most often left invisible and silenced in academic literature and policymaking process.
Ed.D., Human Development and Education, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education.
M.Ed., Educational Policy and Management, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education.
M.S.Ed., Early Elementary Education with Pennsylvania State Grades PreK-4 Teacher Certification, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education.
B.A., Psychology, University of Pennsylvania.
Selected Invited Talks
ECFS 315 Parenting and Child Development: Socioeconomic Disparities in the Early Life Course (Offered annually in Winter; Fulfills Diversity Requirement).
EDPSY 582 Parenting and Learning: Socioeconomic Inequities & Educational Injustices in the Early Life Course (Offered biennially in Winter; Graduate Seminar).
ECFS 410 Early Language and Literacy Development (Offered annually in Fall).
EDPSY 502 Developmental Foundations of Early Learning (Offered annually in Winter).
EDPSY 582 Cultural Approaches to Parenting and Family Life (New graduate seminar to be offered biennially in Winter)
2019-2020 Lead Faculty (PIs: Manka Varghese, Marge Plecki, Ana Elfers), A Roadmap to Reducing Barriers to Educational Injustice in Washington State. Washington Education Association.
2017-2020 Co-PI (Gail Joseph, PI), Cultivating Research-Policy-Practice Partnerships for Improving Prekindergarten Quality in Early Learning Exemplar States. Gates Foundation.
2016-2021 PI, The Fathers and Mothers Investing in Learning of Young Children (FAMILY) Study. University of Washington College of Education.
KIRO Radio 97.3 FM COVID-19: School's out... for summer?
Equity, Remote Learning and Early Childhood Development during the pandemic [Audio podcast]
Why the new coronavirus will not spare children. [Editorial] The Seattle TImes