I am a Research Associate at the Urban Institute's Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population (June 2022).
I study policies and interventions that promote stability and well-being for young children and the individuals who teach and care for them. In one line of research, I focus on how organizational stability and working conditions influence teaching and learning in early childhood education settings. In another line of research, I examine families' early childhood education decision-making and study levers for supporting their search for and participation in these programs. My research integrates the innovative use of existing datasets as well as data collection through research-practice partnerships.
I received my PhD in Education Policy from the University of Virginia. I also hold a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Education, both also from the University of Virginia. Prior to graduate school, I was assistant teacher (and later, assistant director) at a franchised, after-school math and reading enrichment program for young children.