Director of Early Childhood Initiatives
Amy is broadly interested early childhood care and education, including the workforce, policy and systems. As a former child care teacher, Amy understands the tremendous value early childhood educators have in young children’s lives, as well as the unique challenges of the profession. She is driven to use applied research and evaluation to benefit practitioners and families and, ultimately, improve child-serving systems.
Amy has a variety of early childhood research experience through past work at the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska, the Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning at the University of Virginia, and the Regional Economics Studies Institute at Towson University. At the Butler Institute, Amy works on a variety of initiatives, including workforce studies and program evaluations.
Outside of work, Amy enjoys hiking, traveling, practicing yoga and spending time with her fiancé and two cuddly cats.
PhD, Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science, University of Virginia
BA, Psychology (Specialization in Early Childhood Development), Roanoke College
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