Charlotte Wright’s mission is to build a world where all children have access to joyful and meaningful playful learning experiences. After almost a decade in the classroom as an early childhood educator, she transitioned to research and early education consulting, motivated to help close the research-to-practice gaps she witnessed firsthand. She is a passionate advocate for policies, curricula, and media that align with the scientific understanding of how young children learn most effectively.
Charlotte is currently a Senior Research Associate at Temple University’s Infant and Child Laboratory working under the mentorship of Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek. Her research explores how parents and teachers can use the characteristics of playful learning to support the development of the “6 Cs” skills. She partners with the LEGO Foundation and LEGO Education to translate research into meaningful guidance for practitioners and parents. Charlotte also provides research support and early education consulting at Sago Mini. Recently, she supported an experimental study for Sesame Street to investigate children’s learning outcomes from “playful problem solving” episodes and developed the early childhood content developer guidelines, training, and resources for the English Learners Success Forum.
Her work has been published in the Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Young Children, and The Reading Teacher, as well as featured in a number of news outlets, including BOLD Insights and The Hechinger Report. Originally from the Boston-area having lived in Spain, New York City, Colorado, and Beijing, Charlotte is enjoying getting to know her new home of San Francisco with her fiancé .