Amanda G. Stein

Amanda Stein is a Senior Research Associate at the Ounce of Prevention Fund. Her research interests include studying the short- and long-term outcomes of children and families participating in both formal and informal early education settings and advancing the definition, measurement, and implementation of “high-quality” practices and organizational conditions in the early childhood field. At the Ounce, Amanda directs the Educare Chicago Implementation and Follow-Up Studies and provides research leadership on various Ounce initiatives. She also co-leads the Research-Program Partnership at Educare Chicago focused on supporting program leadership, staff, and families in effective data interpretation and use to drive continuous quality improvement. She has considerable experience partnering with external organizations, participating in a network of over 20 early childhood researchers conducting secondary data analyses within Educare schools; collaborating with Erikson Institute on an early math evaluation; and co-leading the evaluation and dissemination for the Birth-To-College Collaborative with the UChicago Urban Education Institute. She has published in both peer-reviewed scientific journals and practitioner-focused journals and authored content about data utilization and birth through college alignment. Prior to the Ounce, she was a post-doctoral fellow in Early Childhood Special Education Policy & Leadership at the University of Colorado emphasizing systems, policies, and collaborative leadership.

All Publications

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Early Education Essentials

Validation of Surveys Measuring Early Education Organizational Conditions

Article Dec 2018
Early Education Essentials Early Education Essentials

Illustrations of Strong Organizational Practices in Programs Poised for Improvement

Report Dec 2018
Organizing Early Education for Improvement: Testing a New Survey Tool Organizing Early Education for Improvement

Testing a New Survey Tool

Report Mar 2018
Essential Organizational Supports for Early Education: The Development of a New Survey Tool to Measure Organizational Conditions Essential Organizational Supports for Early Education

The Development of a New Survey Tool to Measure Organizational Conditions

Brief Jul 2016
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