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Erin Harmeyer

Assistant Research Professor
erin harmeyer

Expertise and Research Interest

  • Family Child Care
  • Early Childhood Programs
  • Children's Pre-Academic Skills 


Erin Harmeyer is an Assistant Research Professor at NIEER. Her research interests include family childcare quality; caregiver-child interactions; and the academic readiness skills of preschool-age children. She started her career teaching second and fifth grade in the Kansas City, Missouri School District, and was previously an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the Child and Family Studies Program at Louisiana State University. Dr. Harmeyer obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri; a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a Ph.D. in human development and family science from the University of Missouri. At NIEER, she conducts research related to early childhood programs and evaluation, including research on programs in Philadelphia and New Jersey.   


B.A., Journalism, University of Missouri

M.Ed., Elementary Education, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Ph.D., Human Development and Family Science, University of Missouri