Emilia Sotolongo works in the early childhood development research area in the Chapel Hill office as a research analyst. Emilia spent the last three years at Duke University in the Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP) as a bilingual senior research aide. In her time at Duke she worked on the Efficacy of the DCCS Program: ESL and Classroom Teachers Working Together with Students and Families project, the Parenting Across Cultures project, and the Early Identification and Prevention of Child Maltreatment: Cross-Agency Processes and Outcomes project. Previously, Emilia was an English as a second language (ESL) teacher in the Durham Public School System (DPS), where she served as the chair of the ESL Department as well as co-chair of the School Improvement Team. During her time in DPS, Emilia focused consistently on building better relationships between the school and the Latino families in the community. Her experience working in public schools as well as in the CCFP at Duke highlighted the importance of early childhood interventions and focus, and ultimately led her to pursue a career focused on early childhood development. Emilia received her Master of Reading Education from East Carolina University, where her research focused on increasing orthographic knowledge among English learners in elementary schools. She presented this research at the 2015 North Carolina Reading Association Conference. Emilia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in middle grades education from Elon University. Her areas of expertise include English language learning, early childhood literacy, and trauma informed instruction. Her research interests include early childhood socioemotional development, refugee & immigrant youth adjustment, and kindergarten readiness.