Community Liasion

Kathryn (Katy) P. Chapman

Kathryn (Katy) P. Chapman is a doctoral student studying Educational Policy & Evaluation in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Her research interests focus on early childhood education access and equity, and for her dissertation, she is studying the underlying assumptions and behavior of United States (U.S.) philanthropic foundations, and their choice of investments in U.S. early childhood education programs.

Before beginning her PhD program, Kathryn was a preschool and kindergarten teacher, teacher leadership consultant for a school district in the Southwestern U.S., and also worked as a Confidential Assistant for the Early Learning team at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC.

Kathryn has always loved working with and learning from young children and she is concerned with the general financial situations and strains that early childhood programs and teachers are facing throughout the U.S. She hopes that her research will assist these programs in understanding the motivations of philanthropic foundations, possibly gain additional funding through partnerships with philanthropic foundations, and in turn philanthropic foundations may also further understand the needs of early childhood education programs.