Penelope Leach is a leading source of child development information and child care advice for parents all over the world, and a powerful advocate for the needs of families.
She was educated at Cambridge University and at the London School of Economics, where she received her Ph.D. in psychology, after which she studied many aspects of child development and child rearing under the auspices of Britain's Medical Research Council. A Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a founding member of the UK branch of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, she works on both sides of the Atlantic and in various capacities for parents' and children's organizations concerned with prenatal care and birth, family-friendly working practices, day care and early years education. She currently co-directs a major program of research in the UK into the effects of various forms and combinations of care on children's development from birth to school-age. Penelope Leach's books include Babyhood, Your Growing Child: From Babyhood Through Adolescence, The First Six Months, Children First: What Our Society Must Do--and Is Not Doing--for Our Children Today and Your Baby & Child, which has been translated into 29 languages and is the basis for an award-winning cable TV series.