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Heidi Rosenberg is an expert in family engagement in children’s learning, early childhood education, and evaluation strategies to assess the impact of child- and family-serving programs. Her current work reflects the increasing recognition of the importance of early childhood interventions and the critical role of the birth-to-8 years in shaping children’s success in school and beyond, as well as the critical role of families and communities in promoting positive learning outcomes for children.
Rosenberg is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the study, Engaging Families to Promote Young Children’s Early Mathematics Learning and Mastery Motivation, funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation. Along with co-PIs Jessica Young and Kristen Reed, Rosenberg is examining whether engaging families in at-home family mathematics activities promotes preschool children’s learning outcomes in mathematics. A key component of the study is its emphasis on developing mathematics-focused family engagement strategies and materials that can be readily adopted and sustained by Head Start and other early childhood programs, without the need for ongoing external support.
Rosenberg also is the Director of Research for the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE), funded by the Office of Child Care. In this capacity, she designs data collection strategies, analyzes state and regional data regarding school-age care policies and practices, helps develop training and technical assistance resources, and collaborates with federal, regional, and state school-age stakeholders to help promote families’ access to high-quality afterschool and summer programs for their school-age children. In addition, Rosenberg serves as EDC’s liaison to the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE), of which EDC is a founding partner.
Rosenberg’s previous research and evaluation projects include the OPRE-funded Child Care Collaboration Study and the OHS-funded National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations. She is the author/co-author of numerous articles on early childhood education, family engagement in children’s learning, and continuous program improvement, including: “State Policies and Practices Supporting Child Care for Infants and Toddlers,” “Bringing Families Into Out-of-School Time Learning” (Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities), “Embracing the Use of Data for Continuous Program Improvement” (FINE Newsletter), and “Lessons from Evaluators’ Experiences with Scale” (The Evaluation Exchange).
Before joining EDC, Rosenberg was a Senior Research Analyst at Harvard Family Research Project, where she managed the Family Involvement Network of Educators. She also co-managed product development and evaluation work for the OHS-funded National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement and the USDE-funded Parent Information and Resource Centers.
Rosenberg received a BSJ from Ohio University, an MSW from Boston College, and a PhD in Education Policy from the University of Michigan.