A policy researcher by training, Megan’s work focuses on early childhood policies; systems-based reform for the benefit of families; and a re-conceptualization of the role of extended family to improve child outcomes. 

She is the Director of Policy Research at the Institute for Child Success, where she oversees the Institute’s policy research agenda, leads written projects, and communicates with a range of stakeholders in the early childhood world. She also edits and writes for ICS’s blog.

Previously, she served as the Policy Research Coordinator at the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University, where she coordinated the State of Preschool Yearbook, an annual publication profiling state-funded pre-K programs nationwide, Megan has also consulted for the New America Foundation’s Early Education Initiative and the Early Childhood Action Collective at the Public Health Management Corporation on publicly funded preschool programs.

Megan has a Masters of Public Policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Politics is from Fairfield University. During college, she worked both off-campus in a Head Start classroom and on-campus as a writing tutor – in retrospect, two positions that helped shape the path of her career.

Megan lives with her husband and young son in her native New Jersey.

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