Eric Dearing is Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology in the Lynch School of Education and a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Optimized Student Support at Boston College as well as a Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Center for Child Behavioral Development at the University of Oslo, Norway. Eric’s work is focused on the consequences of young children’s lives outside of school for their performance in school, and their overall wellbeing. Most of his research has given special attention to the role of families, early childcare, and communities in the lives of children growing up poor. Most recently, through his work on the DREME network and other projects funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation, he has been examining early parental engagement in math learning. The goal of this work is to better understand the ways in which parental supports during early childhood are related to good numerical and spatial skills at school entry and through their school years.