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Kyle DeMeo Cook brings extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods and education policy. She primarily applies her expertise to research focused on early childhood education.
Currently, Cook undertakes research as a member of the REL Northeast & Islands team. She is also a researcher for a project funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation, studying place-based partnerships for early education to improve early learning outcomes for young children.
Cook is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and reports, including lead author of The use of school transition practices and children’s social adjustment and academic outcomes in kindergarten and co-author of How Kindergarten Entry Assessments Are Used in Public Schools and How They Correlate with Spring Assessments and Comparing public, private, and informal preschool programs in a national sample of low-income children. She regularly presents her research at national conferences including the National Research Conference on Early Childhood, the Society for Research in Child Development and the Applied Public Policy and Management conference. Cook has served as a peer reviewer for professional journals including Early Childhood Research Quarterly and Applied Developmental Science.
Before joining EDC, Cook was the Early Childhood Field Director for Strategies for Children (Early Education for All Campaign) where she supported early childhood education policy efforts in Massachusetts. She has served as an elected board member for several non-profit and community organizations including the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children.
In 2016, Cook was named an Early Care and Education Research Scholar by the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for her research on coordination efforts between Head Start programs and elementary schools during the transition to school.
Cook received a BA in Human Development and MED in Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation from Boston College. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, where she also teaches courses on research methods and child development.