Peter Ernest Haiman Ph.D.

Phone: (510) 525-1718

Parent-Child Advocate in family courts

For more than six decades, parents have met with Dr. Haiman to resolve child and adolescent rearing problems. His work in this area has received national recognition and been featured in local newspaper articles.

Dr. Haiman has served as an expert witness in family courts.  He has provided research-based information to parents involved in divorce.  In divorce cases he offers child development research to courts which can be applied to the individual child. He works with the parent and the parent's attorney to develop courtroom strategies which advocate for the best interests of the young child.

Peter Haiman

Dr. Haiman was one of 30 professionals selected from across the country  to participate in President Clinton's historic Child Development Delegation to Cuba in 2001. This delegation was authorized "to reach out to the Cuban people through humanitarian efforts".  Dr. Haiman's "Impressions of Cuba" describes his experiences there. 

For his doctoral thesis in 1966, Dr. Haiman created and directed a privately funded Parent and Child Center in Cleveland. This program pioneered effective and innovative strategies to involve and empower low-income parents. It became the model for the federally funded Head Start Parent and Child Centers and, later, Head Start Early Learning Centers.

In 1969, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services invited Dr. Haiman to write the original national Parent Involvement Program Performance Standards for Head Start. In 1993, he advised Sen. Edward Kennedy's Advisory Committee on Head Start Quality and Expansion, which revised Head Start program standards.

Professional Resume

Dr. Haiman was a tenured associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Early Childhood Development and Education at the University of South Carolina. He has taught at colleges and universities in Ohio and in the San Francisco Bay Area, including St. Mary's College in Moraga. He was elected President of the San Francisco and South Carolina chapters of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The California State Department of Education has appointed him to serve on administrative and curriculum task forces. He was a member of the California Senate's Select Committee on Children and Youth.

In 1965, he directed research for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights which revealed racial segregation and its effects on public school students in Cleveland. These findings were presented to the U.S. Supreme Court and led to school desegregation rulings by the court.

Dr. Haiman has trained Head Start program administrators, staff, and parents throughout the United States and served as director of training for early childhood and parent education programs in Federal Region IX (AZ, NV, CA, HI, and the Trust Territories).

Call Dr. Peter Haiman for Parenting
and Family court advice

(510) 525-1718  


Over the years, parents from Canada and across the United States have telephoned me to talk about their own child or adolescent rearing concerns. If you wish to do so, please call (510) 525-1718. Dialogue that allows me to ask specific questions, and permits you to clarify interpersonal parenting dynamics, works. The exchange of e-mails does not lend itself to responsive and accurate interpersonal communication. Both of these elements are essential if you, as parent, are to receive and understand the suggestions you may want from me.

(510) 525-1718