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Leslie Katch, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor
Early Childhood Education
Program Coordinator, Early Childhood Administration Masters Program

Programs/Classes Taught:

FND503: Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Early Childhood Education 
ECE510: Child, Family, and Community
ECE538: The Early Childhood Administrator: Individual and Organizational Perspectives 
ECE582I: Leadership Connections
ECE582G: Writing and Editing for Effective Communication 
ECE525: Strategies for Supervision and Staff Development 
ESR505: Educational Inquiry and Assessment  
EPS500A: Human Development with a Focus on Early Childhood 
ECE542: Public Relations and Marketing for Early Childhood Programs
ECE301: Understanding Infants and Toddlers

Areas of Expertise:

Infant/toddler development
Parent-infant relationships
Infant crying and regulatory disorders
Father involvement and transition to fatherhood
Early childhood program development
Infant mental health
Infant abuse prevention 


Dr. Katch conducts research on infant regulation, parenting self-efficacy, and the relationship between father well-being and infant crying and fussing. Her clinical work has focused on families concerned about their infant’s behavior. She currently provides consultation for infant/toddler programs in Chicago. Dr. Katch is an Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood Education department and runs the Early Childhood Adminstration Masters program.


B.S., Social Welfare: University of California at Berkeley 
Masters of Social Work: Loyola University, Chicago
Ph.D., Child Development: Erikson Institute, Chicago 

Research and Interests:


Contact Information:

Leslie E. Katch, Phd
National Louis University
Early Childhood Education
122 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL  60603
312-261-3128 (phone & fax)  


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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