Ying-Chun Lin

Research Scientist

Research Focus

Education & certification

PhD, Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Master of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

Ying-Chun Lin

Research Scientist, Chapel Hill, NC

Ying-Chun Lin is a research scientist in early childhood development at Child Trends. Her research focuses on factors that affect access to high-quality early care and education among low-income children and children of immigrants, as well as how early childhood education systems and policies can support children’s wellbeing. In her research, she applies advanced quantitative methods and uses administrative and large, existing datasets, including the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE), the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort (ECLS-B), the American Community Survey (ACS), and the Child Care and Development Fund Policies (CCDF) Database. She has conducted research related to state CCDF policies, Wisconsin’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, and the impact of parental employment schedules on children’s participation in early care and education. Her work has also been published in child development and social work journals. Before coming to Child Trends, Ying-Chun was a postdoctoral associate at Duke University and a research scholar at the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families. She also worked as a social worker for several years. Ying-Chun received her PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.