Chrishana M. Lloyd is a nationally recognized expert on the study and implementation of interventions to support early childhood professionals. She has over fifteen years of experience in the social science and education fields and has previously served as the primary investigator and/or lead implementation researcher on a number of large scale research projects. She led the implementation research and technical assistance effort for Head Start CARES, (Classroom-based Approaches and Resources for Emotion and Social skill promotion) Project, a large scale federally funded randomized trial of a set of evidence-based strategies designed to improve the social and emotional development of children in Head Start classrooms across the country. She has also served as the co-PI, lead implementation researcher and TA expert for Making Pre-K Count, a foundation funded longitudinal study with a focus on supporting the development of pre-kindergarten children’s math skills launched in New York City.
In her role as a Senior Program Officer at the Nicholson Foundation she worked closely with early childhood professionals, policy makers and researchers to bring early childhood interventions to scale in the state of New Jersey with a focus on environments that served infants, toddlers and preschoolers all with an eye toward strengthening quality.
In addition to her research and foundation experience, Lloyd has served as a member of a federal and state level early childhood-focused research workgroups, and has worked as a consultant and trainer for many social service agencies, including the Bank Street Education Center, the National Association of Social Workers and the Schumann Fund for New Jersey. She has also authored numerous reports and articles focused on early childhood interventions and supports for implementation.
A common theme in much of her work is the integration of research and policy to inform and support best practices in early childhood. Upcoming projects include the development of a conceptual model for home based childcare workers and identification of indicators of high quality family engagement.