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Carla Peterson

Peterson, Carla
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Iowa State University
1331 Palmer Building
2222 Osborn Drive
Ames, IA 50011-1084

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Programs involvement
Early Care & Education Bachelor's Degree - Administrator
Early Childhood & Family Policy Graduate Certificate - Instructor


Carla Peterson is the Nancy Rygg Armbrust Professor of Early Childhood Development and Education at Iowa State University. Peterson has worked with early childhood programs including Head Start and Early Head Start, early childhood special education, and childcare. She teaches courses related to developmental disabilities and early childhood programming at ISU and for Great Plains IDEA.

Peterson works actively with professional associations including the division for early childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children where she has served as editor of Young Exceptional Children. She serves on the editorial board of two journals and reviews regularly for journals and national conferences.

Peterson’s research focuses on interventions for young children facing risks and their families. She is currently evaluating Iowa’s Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting programs. She has collaborated extensively with community partners including Head Start and Early Head Start programs, state and local education agencies, and state and local childcare agencies.

Watch Carla explain why she's passionate about early childhood education.


Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1991
M.A. in Elementary Education, University of South Dakota, 1981
B.S. in Child Development, Iowa State University, 1975