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Karin Garver

Karin Garver

Early Childhood Education Policy Specialist P: (848) 932-0795

Karin is an Early Childhood Education Policy Specialist at NIEER, where she focuses on national policy trends related to state-funded preschool programs, with particular interest in data systems, systems integration, and preschool finance.  Before coming to NIEER, Karin spent almost 16 years with the NJ Department of Education, where she served as Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief Academic Officer, and held several positions within the Division of Early Childhood Education. Karin oversaw finance and data policy for New Jersey’s state-funded preschool program, as well as the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant, and was deeply involved in the development of the preschool section of New Jersey’s school funding formula. More recently, she initiated work to create an early childhood integrated data system across several state agencies. Karin has a BA in Sociology and Anthropology and an MA in Education Policy.