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Kimberly BollerKimberly Boller
Senior Fellow

Kimberly Boller studies the effects of early childhood education, parenting programs, and policy on children and families. Her expertise includes measurement of program fidelity, implementation, and quality; child outcomes from infancy through early elementary school; and parent well-being and self-sufficiency.

Boller co-directs the Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visiting to Prevent Child Maltreatment cross-site evaluation and is principal investigator on the Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES). As director of Assessing Teachers’ Use of Child Progress Monitoring to Individualize Instruction, she leads a team developing a conceptual model and measurement plan to determine whether and how teachers are using student-level data to inform instructional decision making. As principal investigator on the Child Care Quality Rating System (QRS) Assessment and the Early Learning Initiative projects, Boller studied state QRS and developed evaluation tools. As director of the Evaluation of the UNICEF-Government of Netherlands Cooperation Programme on Early Childhood Development, she studied policies and services for children in 10 countries in Africa and Asia.

Boller brings national and international perspectives to the issues surrounding early childhood programming and contributes to the field by publishing in the research and policy literature, serving on federal and state advisory and working groups, and presenting at professional conferences. In 2010, she co-convened an international conference on developing a framework for assessing early childhood program quality in low-resource countries; and she recently published a policy report on that topic. Boller holds a Ph.D. in developmental and cognitive psychology from Rutgers University.

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Staff Profile


  • Areas of Expertise
  • Key Projects
  • Professional Activities
  • Publications
  • Implementation science and measurement of program fidelity, implementation, and quality
  • Child outcomes from infancy through early elementary school
  • Parent well-being and self-sufficiency
  • National Advisory Board Member, Doris Duke Fellowships for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
  • Steering committee member, Office of Planning Research and Evaluation (OPRE) Quality Initiatives Research and Evaluation Consortium
  • Member, OPRE Network of Infant/Toddler Researchers
  • Advisory Group for the Virginia Star Quality Initiatives—Family Child Care Demonstration
  • Co-editor for Early Childhood Research Quarterly special issue on QRIS
  • Peer reviewer for Child Development, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Parenting Science and Practice, and Science
  • Member, Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group—Early Childhood Interventions