Stacy is a senior research scientist in the Academic Research Centers. As a trained developmental psychologist, she takes a collaborative approach to her research, focusing on research-practice partnerships to ensure the work is directly relevant to practice and policy decisions. Stacy has substantive expertise in the areas of early attendance, the measurement of early education program/school climate, program implementation, kindergarten transitions, and early care and education (ECE) braiding of multiple funding streams.
Stacy was previously a Managing Director and Senior Research Scientist at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research where she developed and led the early childhood education research agenda. Stacy has also been involved in outreach with other research organizations implementing research-practitioner partnership models similar to that of the UChicago Consortium and served as the Research-Practice Coordinator for IES Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Fellows at the University of Chicago. Stacy began her career as a researcher at REL-Northeast and Islands funded by the U.S. Department of Education, where she conducted research to respond to the needs of state departments of education.
Stacy authored a study documenting the prevalence of pre-kindergarten absenteeism and its relationship with ongoing attendance and learning outcomes, Preschool Attendance in Chicago Public Schools: Relationships with Learning Outcomes and Reasons for Absences, which has been cited in national efforts to improve student attendance. For example, this work was cited as motivation for changes in the new Head Start Program Performance Standards around how to track, define, and require supports to improve student attendance, and as motivation behind the Every Student, Every Day Initiative, spearheaded by multiple federal agencies. With colleagues at the Ounce of Prevention Fund, Stacy is also co-developer of the Early Education Essentials, a set of teacher and parent surveys adapted from the 5Essentials K-12 surveys, designed to measure organizational conditions in early education settings.
Stacy has substantive expertise in the areas of early attendance, the measurement of early education program/school climate, and kindergarten transitions. She currently leads two research contracts from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) at the Administration for Children & Families (ACF) along with multiple projects partnering with locally focused education agencies.
NORC Article | August 23, 2023
opens in new tabStudying Combinations of Kindergarten Transition Activities Available to Children and Families
Project Brief | November 30, 2022
opens in new tabFacilitating Kindergarten Transitions: The Role of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between Head Start and Local Education Agencies
Project Brief | November 2, 2022
Project Report | October 19, 2022
Project Brief | September 29, 2022
Project Report | September 14, 2022
opens in new tab"Understanding Children’s Transitions from Head Start to Kindergarten: A Literature Review and Theory of Change."
Project Report | November 3, 2021
opens in new tab"Early Education Essentials: Validation of Surveys Measuring Early Education Organizational Conditions."
Journal Article | May 19, 2019