Housman Institute

The Housman Institute is an early childhood teacher and training organization that seeks to provide the building blocks of emotional intelligence for lifelong learning and success. Our program has educated close to 3,000 young children and we have trained hundreds of teachers in our emotional, cognitive and social early learning approach since the inception of our lab school, The Beginnings School and Child Development Center in Weston, MA in 1984.

With the support of our learning lab, our training facility, and our child development center, our unparalleled approach is informed by:  

  • Extensive clinical work in developmental psychology
  • A large body of evidence-based research in neuroscience and early childhood development
  • A long history of practical experience in the field of early childhood education

Leading our institute is Dr. Donna Housman Ed.D., a clinical psychologist, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, and founder of Beginnings School and Child Development Center.

Our institute is supported and implemented by highly skilled, trained, and mentored NAEYC accredited educators and continually enhanced by the ongoing research and expertise of our internal team of academics, educators, graduate students, and industry leaders in the field of early childhood development.       

Our Board of Advisors includes:

  • Dr. Susanne Denham, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus at George Mason University, an applied developmental psychologist, and a leading expert on social emotional learning in early childhood. She has served on numerous editorial boards, and is past co-editor of the journal Social Development, as well as current editor of Early Education and Development.
  • Dr. Howard Cabral, Ph.D, Co-Director of the Biostatistics Graduate Program and Director of the Biostatistics and Research Design Program of the Boston University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. He has over 30 years of teaching, consulting, collaborating, and statistical research experience in a variety of biomedical fields, with over 250 peer-reviewed published works.
  • Dr Donald Wertlieb, PhD, Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University, an applied developmental scientist specializing in clinical-developmental and pediatric psychology, and president of the Partnership for Early Childhood Development & Disability Rights and coordinator of the Early Childhood Development Task Force for the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities.
  • Stuart J. Murphy, a visual learning strategist, consultant and author of many children’s works, including I SEE I LEARN at School—an early childhood program that focuses on social, emotional, health and safety, and cognitive skills, as well as the award-winning MathStart series. He served for 12 years on the Advisory Council of the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  • Len Lewin, Managing Partner and General Counsel for Athena Capital. Prior Chairman and Managing Partner of the law firm Gadsby Hannah LLP, he has served as Chief Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Governors Paul Cellucci and Jane Swift, and taught for over 25 years at his alma mater Suffolk University Law School.
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