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Elizabeth E. Manlove

Dr. Elizabeth Manlove

105 Robinson Hall
(570) 484-3024

Courses Most Commonly Taught

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Diversity in Early Childhood Education
  • Language Development
  • Advanced Child Development
  • Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Areas of Expertise

  • Early childhood development, care, and education (birth through grade 4)
  • Diversity in early development, care and education
  • Social-emotional development
  • Language development; Teacher preparation and training
  • Child care as adult work settings
  • Child care quality; Rural child care
  • Public policy related to early care and education


  • Ph.D. (1992)  The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University Park, PA
  • M.A. (1983)   Tufts University, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study, Medford, MA
  • B.A. (1979)   Connecticut College, New London, CT, Child Development and Music (dual degree)

Courses Developed

  • Diversity in Early Childhood Education
  • Advanced Child Development
  • Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Programs Developed

  • ECED Concentration in the Masters of Education programs
  • Pennsylvania Director Credential (available via our ECED graduate classes)

Research Areas

  • Teacher preparation and training
  • Diversity in early development, care and education
  • Child care as adult work settings
  • Child care quality
  • Rural child care
  • Social-emotional development
  • Language development

Books Published


Vernon-Feagans, L., Hammer, C., Miccio, A., & Manlove, E. E. (2001).  Early literacy in low-income communities.  In S. Neuman & D. Dickinson (Eds.), Handbook on research in early literacy.  New York: Guilford Publications, Inc. 

Feagans, L. V., Hannan, K., & Manlove, E. E. (1992).  An ecological and developmental/contextual approach to intervention with children with chronic otitis media.  In F. H. Bess & J. W. Hall (Eds.), Screening for auditory function.  Nashville, TN: Bill Wilkerson Center Press.

Articles Published

Manlove, E. E., Vazquez, A., & Vernon-Feagans, L.  (2008).  The quality of caregiving in child care: Relations to teacher complexity of thinking and the quality of the work environment.  Infant and Child Development, 17, 203-222. 

Vernon-Feagans, L., & Manlove, E. E. (2005).  Otitis media, the quality of child care, and the social/communicative behavior of toddlers.  Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 20, 306-328. 

Manlove, E. E., & Vernon-Feagans, L. (2002).  Caring for infant daughters and sons in dual-earner households: Maternal reports of father involvement in time and tasks.  Infant and Child Development, 11, 305-320. 

Manlove, E. E. (2001).  Learning to be a child care teacher: Reflections of long-term practitioners.  Child and Youth Care Forum, 30(4), 209-229. 

Manlove, E. E., Frank, T., & Vernon-Feagans, L. (2001).  Why should we care about noise in classrooms and child care settings?  Child and Youth Care Forum, 30(1), 55-64. 

Manlove, E. E., & Guzell, J. R. (1997).  Intention to leave, anticipated reasons for leaving, and 12 month turnover of child care center staff.  Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 12, 145-167. 

Vernon-Feagans, L., Manlove, E. E., & Volling, B. L. (1996).  Otitis media and the social behavior of daycare attending children.  Child Development, 67, 1528-1539. 

McHale, S. M., Crouter, A. C., Fennelly, K., Tomascik, C. A., Updegraff, K. A., Graham, J. E., Baker, A. E., Dreisbach, L., Ferry, N., Manlove, E. E., McGroder, S. M., Mulkeen, P., & Obeidallah, D. A. (1996).  Community-based interventions for young adolescents: The Penn State PRIDE Project.  Journal of Research on Adolescence, 6, 23-36. 

Feagans, L. V., & Manlove, E. E. (1994).  Parents, infants and day care teachers:  Interrelationships and implications for better child care.  Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 15, 585-602. 

Manlove, E. E. (1994).  Conflict and ambiguity over work roles: The impact on child care worker burnout.  Early Education & Development, 5, 41-55. 

Manlove, E. E. (1993).  Multiple correlates of burnout in child care workers.  Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 8, 499-518.

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