Kimberly Boller

Kimberly Boller

Senior Fellow
Areas of Expertise
  • Implementation science and measurement of program fidelity and quality
  • Child outcomes from infancy through early elementary school
  • Parental well-being and self-sufficiency
  • Head Start, Early Head Start, child care
  • Research design and evaluation technical assistance
  • Early Childhood Systems
  • Child Development
  • International
  • Professional Development
About Kimberly

Over the past 20 years, Kimberly Boller has studied early childhood services and systems in more than 10 countries, focusing on the effects of child care and early education, parenting programs, and policy related to children and families. Boller adapts and develops measures of program fidelity, implementation, and quality for use in large-scale studies.

Her research in the United States helps to inform early childhood policy decisions and includes measuring the cost of high quality early childhood education programs, describing Early Head Start and the children and families it serves, documenting informal child care provider networks, and assessing supports for implementing home visiting to prevent maltreatment of children. Boller has also conducted longitudinal and impact studies of early childhood professional development strategies and child care quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS).

For the Early Learning Lab, Boller leads identification and implementation of evidence-based, co-designed solutions for community challenges in improving early childhood outcomes. By focusing on improvement and innovation using collaborative, rapid-cycle methods, Boller provides support for new learning, capacity development, and continuous quality improvement. She also directed a learning collaborative in Tanzania piloting different preprimary quality improvement intervention strategies.

Boller co-edited a special issue of Parenting Science and Practice on fathers in Early Head Start and a special issue of Early Childhood Research Quarterly on QRIS as a system builder. From 1993 to 1995, she served as a Society for Research in Child Development Executive Branch Public Policy Fellow at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She recently served on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine ad hoc Committee on Supporting the Parents of Young Children. She holds a Ph.D. in developmental and cognitive psychology from Rutgers University.

Key Projects
Latest News
  • Supporting Parents of Children Birth to Age 8

    Parents are among the most important people in the lives of young children. From birth, children rely on parents and other caregivers to care for them and to chart a course that promotes their healthy development and overall well-being.

  • Special Issue Provides Comprehensive Look at QRIS Research

    Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) have become a key tool for states to assess, improve, and promote quality in their early care and education programs. A new theme issue of Early Childhood Research Quarterly, co-edited by Mathematica senior fellow Kimberly Boller and her colleagues, Steve...

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    The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) allocated $1.5 billion over five years for the new Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) to establish home visiting programs for at-risk pregnant women and children up to age 5. As a requirement in the law, 75 percent...

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