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Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education

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843-349-2230 zstankovi@coastal.edu


Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. By appointment via Zoom by request.

“Play is the work of childhood.” ― Jean Piaget

Dr. Zlata Stanković-Ramirez, an expert in child development and early education, is from Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina and is a first-generation immigrant to the United States from former Yugoslavia. Zlata spent over 20 years in Dallas, TX where she was a preschool teacher, preschool director, mentor, trainer, and advocate for young children. She also served as an instructor of child development at several colleges in Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Zlata received her Master of Science degree in Child Development and her Ph.D. in Child Development and Early Education from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. She has worked with young children ages 0-5 as a teacher and director for over 10 years and has served on the boards of Dallas Chapter of Texas Association for the Education of Young Children and Texas AEYC for 10 years combined advocating for high quality early childhood education for all children. She also serves on NAEYC boards and committees.

Interesting Facts

Dr. Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez has a passion for designing children’s learning and living spaces. She loves to travel and enjoys spending time with her family. She has a passion for a good movie, a good book, and a good conversation with friends, colleagues, and students.


Early Childhood Education and Teacher Education, Physical Classroom Design and Teachers’ Decision-Making, Developmentally Appropriate Practices and NAEYC standards, Mentoring and Training Brain Architects.

Recent Publications

Stanković-Ramirez, Z., Washington, R., & Horn, S. (in press). Mentorship: A yearlong roadmap to quality in early childhood education. Early Years.

Thompson, J. & Stanković-Ramirez, Z. (in press). A new view of developmentally appropriate practice: What early childhood educators know about waves, individuality, and equity. Kappan.

Walker, K. & Stanković-Ramirez, Z. (2019). Deepening pre-service teachers’ understanding of the creative process. Early Years, 40(3), 17-21.

Stanković-Ramirez, Z., & Thompson, J. (2018). P.L.A.C.E.S.: An innovation in observing children. Texas Child Care Quarterly, 42(2), 1-8.

Stanković-Ramirez, Z., & Vittrup, B. (2018). Promoting positive gender development. Texas Child Care Quarterly, 41(4), 1-5.

Stanković-Ramirez, Z., & Dutton, C. (2016). The classroom as a teaching tool: Evolving spaces to meet children’s needs. Texas Child Care Quarterly, 40(2), 1-5.

Research Interests

Dr. Zlata Stanković-Ramirez’s research interests include high quality early childhood classroom environments and factors that drive the success of children in early childhood education programs. She particularly explores early childhood teachers’ perspectives on decision making regarding initial set up of classroom environments, and how they modify their environments during the academic year.