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Kaitlin Brunick

Director of Research & Evaluation, National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL)

As Director of Research & Evaluation, Kate directs and oversees evaluation efforts for the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL) and supports the implementation and evaluation of early childhood systems-building efforts through the ECDHS: Evidence to Impact Center. She defines the evaluation approaches for both projects and leads the conception, implementation, analysis, and visualization of research and evaluation of these projects. Kate is passionate about equity-focused research and evaluation and supports NCECDTL as a trainer on data visualization and equitable data practices.

Kate’s extensive research and evaluation background is coupled with training in early childhood development. She received her BAs in Psychology and Linguistics from the College of William & Mary and her PhD from Cornell University in Psychology with a focus on Perceptual and Cognitive Development. Her research focused on children’s low-level perceptual development and how children’s media is catered to perceptual developmental processes. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship also focused on the impact of children’s media on health and learning at Georgetown University.

Kate joined ZERO TO THREE in 2017 and is grateful to further the mission of giving all children a strong start in life.