Senior Research Fellow
National Institute for Early Education ResearchCenter on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO)
Jim Squires conducts research on national early education policy and practices, focusing on prekindergarten through third grade with an emphasis on school readiness. His work at NIEER involves monitoring trends in early childhood policy, regulation, and funding across several target states; serving as a liaison to states to collect data for the annual State Preschool Yearbook; and providing technical assistance. He also serves on the leadership team for the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) as Senior Technical Assistance Fellow, working closely with states located in the Northeast and Southeast. Dr. Squires was formerly the early childhood programs coordinator at the Vermont Department of Education and past president of the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education. He has taught and directed programs for young children in child care, Head Start, public schools, migrant education, and university lab schools, as well as serving as adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont, Champlain College, and Community College of Vermont. Dr. Squires received his Ph.D. in child development and public policy from the Union Institute in Ohio.