Diane Schilder

Education Development Center, Inc.

Schilder leads research, evaluation, and policy analysis initiatives that advance knowledge of innovative, effective approaches to promoting young children’s healthy development. Her work focuses on child care, early education, and comprehensive interventions designed to close opportunity gaps for young children and their families, especially racial and ethnic minorities, children who are dual-language learners, and those living in low-income families.
Schilder currently has served as principal investigator for dozens of federally funded evaluations and research initiatives, has taught graduate-level research and evaluation courses, and has provided technical assistance to state education agencies, districts, communities and programs. Schilder is the author and co-author of chapters, articles, reports, and briefs focused on the effectiveness of early childhood policies and programs. Before joining EDC, Schilder was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Harvard Family Research Project and served as a Senior Evaluator at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, leading evaluations of education programs including studies of elementary and secondary interventions. Schilder holds a doctorate in education from George Washington University.