We support learning across a lifetime. From early care for infants and toddlers through college and workforce training, our innovative approaches and methodologies address critical questions and improve the quality of educational programs. Our 30+ years of program and policy work has built a portfolio of evidence-based solutions that can be applied to new challenges as the education landscape continues to evolve.
We understand the educational priorities of federal, state, and local stakeholders, philanthropic organizations, and nonprofits. Our highly nuanced and specialized support is strengthened by close working relationships with key people in the field. Our agile approach allows for timely, often immediate, assistance to our clients, and our presence across the United States brings local context to our customized services.
Designed to improve quality, drive outcomes, and increase accountability, ICF’s education services make real improvements and demonstrate quantifiable results. Our roster of successful projects spans community-based organizations to national initiatives—from the training and technical assistance that is enhancing outcomes and building organizational capacity in 40% of all Head Start and Early Head Start programs to the nearly 49,000 military families who have found high-quality child care through our work on militarychildcare.com. Our program evaluations—like the ongoing seven-year assessment of the Texas GEAR UP program’s impact on post secondary education readiness—provide real-time input on implementation and key insights around outcomes.
We combine state-of-the-art methodologies with a deep understanding of the education challenges faced by countries globally to give clients the insights they need to turn research into practice, driving improved efficacy and sustainability of educational programs nationwide.
ICF provides services aimed at improving the quality and sustainability of education programs and education reform.
Dr. Caitlin Howley joined ICF in 2009. With more than 20 years of experience in education, she provides technical assistance, program evaluation, and research services to federal, state, local, higher education, and foundation clients. An award-winning researcher, Dr. Howley frequently publishes and presents on education issues.
Rosaria (Rose) Ribeiro has 12 years of experience in early care and education policy and brings expertise in child care subsidy administration policies, early care and education financing and statistics, collaboration and systems building, and economic development analysis. Her experience includes managing large-scale TA projects, capacity building, and providing TA in her areas of expertise.
Nancy Schwachter has more than 35 years’ experience in human services management and administration with a focus on child care, early care and education, Head Start, and Early Head Start. She is skilled in development and implementation of public policy, training and technical assistance, program monitoring, analysis, and evaluating outcomes.
Dr. Xiaodong Zhang has two decades of experience in methodological research, program evaluation, and technical assistance in education and other social policy areas. His expertise includes experimental and quasi-experimental designs, statistical modeling, meta-analysis; and qualitative approaches, such as interviews, observations, and case studies. Dr. Zhang has led large projects in both the government and private sectors.