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Lori Connors-Tadros

Senior Research Fellow
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Expertise and Research Interest

  • Early Childhood Education Policy
  • Early Childhood Systems
  • Early Childhood Finance and Governance


Dr. Lori Connors-Tadros is a recognized national leader in early care and education policy and research and provides technical assistance to states to use research to craft and implement effective policies. Lori has deep expertise in comprehensive state early childhood systems, finance and governance for effective policy implementation, leadership and agency capacity to implement policy and improve access, and research and policy to improve outcomes for young children. She has provided technical assistance to Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five grantees and other state and local leaders and advocates on financing and sustainability planning, policy to improve quality of ECE workforce competencies, policy, and compensation. Dr. Connors-Tadros is a skilled and highly successfully leader and manager of complex, national projects. She has led numerous federally funded technical assistance centers funded by federal agencies, including the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes, providing technical assistance to state early childhood administrators and other stakeholders across the country on key policy priorities. Dr. Connors-Tadros has conducted research in the areas of effective state early care and education systems and offices of early learning, expanding access to mixed delivery systems, quality of early care and education and interventions to improve teacher practice, family impact on children’s learning, family literacy, and cultural implications on teacher preparation. Lori has a Ph.D. in Developmental and Educational Psychology. Lori serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of the National Parents as Teachers Home Visiting Program.    


  • M.S. Early Childhood Special Education
  • Ph.D. Developmental and Educational Psychology