Jonathan Belford is a senior research analyst in the Education research area at Child Trends. He specializes in quantitative research methods and works on projects related to school start time change and school climate and safety. Jon’s previous research has focused on evaluating the impact of early childhood and international education interventions, conducting cost-benefit analyses of education programs, and studying student financial habits. Jon is passionate about researching how education can improve the socioeconomic prospects of children in low-income communities. He received his master’s degree from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, where he wrote his thesis on how public preschool participation in Uruguay can affect secondary school completion and university enrollment.