Zigler is a Sterling Professor of Psychology, Emeritus. His areas of interest include: Social policy, child development, preschool education and daycare. As former director of the Office of Child Development, Zigler was responsible for administering the Head Start Program and was instrumental in establishing innovative programs such as Health Start, Home Start, Education for Parenthood and the Child and Family Resource Program. The goal of the center is to bring research-based knowledge of child development to federal and state policy arenas. The Head Start Research Unit conducts research and policy analysis related to Head Start and other early childhood programs.