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Diane Schilder
Senior Fellow
Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population
Throughout my career, I have studied how separate publicly funded programs are implemented in order to better understand how programs and policies can be combined to most effectively meet the needs of children, youth, and families. I’m excited to join a terrific team at Urban Institute to deepen this important work.

Diane Schilder is a senior fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population with more than 30 years of research and evaluation experience leading research on child care, Head Start, prekindergarten, and home-visiting programs and policies. Her recent projects focus on the child care, Head Start, and prekindergarten workforces and the alignment of early childhood policies and programs to meet the needs of children and families.

Schilder has served as a principal investigator for nearly 100 research and evaluation projects and has advised dozens of initiatives. In these roles, she applies her expertise in mixed-methods research study design, analyses of administrative data, and the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative research data to develop briefs, reports, and user-friendly guides. Before joining Urban, she served as a principal investigator of early childhood projects and as a senior technical assistance specialist with the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes. She was a senior policy analyst at the Harvard Family Research Project and a senior evaluator at the US Government Accountability Office.

Schilder received a BA from Ohio State University, an MA in education policy from the George Washington University, and an EdD from the George Washington University.

Schilder provides evaluation consultation to Massachusetts Bay Community College, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Research Areas
Children and youth
Social safety net
Race and equity
Kids in context
Families with low incomes
Racial barriers to accessing the safety net
Racial equity in education