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Kate Hodges

Early Childhood Education Policy Specialist
kate hodges

Expertise and Research Interest

  • Early Childhood Policy
  • Preschool Expansion
  • Curriculum and Assessment 


Kate is an Early Childhood Education Policy Specialist at NIEER, where she primarily focuses on state and national policy analysis. Her current work includes collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data for the annual State of Preschool Yearbook report, providing technical assistance to New Jersey school districts and private providers applying for and implementing the state-funded preschool program, among other projects. Prior to joining NIEER, she taught in the classroom for over five years and worked in education administration for children from birth to 2nd grade. In addition, she studied early childhood education in Denmark, curated media content for LeapFrog, and developed and implemented a constructivist curriculum for an enrichment program in Mumbai, India. Kate is currently a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University. She received her master’s degree from Tufts University in Applied Child Development and her bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Community Health from Tufts, as well.


B.A., Child Development & Community Health, Tufts University

M.A., Applied Child Development, Tufts University