Katharine Stevens leads the early-childhood program at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she focuses on the research, policy, and politics of early care and education. She also studies the role of early learning in increasing opportunity for low-income Americans and the challenges of implementing rapidly expanding early-childhood initiatives, especially ensuring caregiver and teacher quality.

Before joining AEI, Dr. Stevens founded and led Teachers for Tomorrow, one of the first teacher-apprenticeship programs in the United States, which recruited and trained teachers for New York City’s lowest-performing schools. She began her career in public education as a preschool teacher in New Haven, Connecticut, and St. Louis, Missouri.

Her publications include “Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow: The Business Case for High-Quality Childcare” (US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 2017); “Does Pre-K Work? The Research on Ten Early Childhood Programs—And What It Tells Us” (AEI, 2016); and “Renewing Childhood’s Promise: The History and Future of Federal Early Care and Education Policy” (AEI, 2015). Her analyses and commentary have been published in Education Week, The Hill, HuffPost, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, US News & World Report, and The Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Stevens has a Ph.D. in education policy from Columbia University, a M.Ed. from Teachers College, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a B.A. in US history from the University of Chicago.


  • Founder and Executive Director, Teachers for Tomorrow, 1994–2001
  • Director, Venture Consortium, 1987–1994


Ph.D., education policy, Columbia University
M.Ed., leadership, policy, and politics, Teachers College
MBA, Columbia Business School
B.A., U.S. history, University of Chicago