Kristie Kauerz is director of the National P-3 Center and associate clinical professor at University of Colorado Denver's School of Education and Human Development. Kristie specializes in education reform efforts that address the continuum of learning from birth through 3rd grade, integrating birth-to-five system building and K-12 reforms.
Kristie's expertise spans policy, research, and practice. Her P-3 work is anchored in collaborations with school districts, state agencies, and early learning stakeholders. Her research interests straddle the paradigmatic, pedagogical, and policy divides that exist between ECE (early care and education) and K-12 systems. She has served as policy advisor to two former Colorado governors, director of early learning at Education Commission of the States, and director of PreK-3rd grade initiatives at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining the faculty at CU Denver, she was at the University of Washington's College of Education.
Kristie focuses on both the organizational reforms and the cognitive sensemaking necessary to build alignment and coherence that supports children's development and learning. She designed and directed the Washington P-3 Executive Leadership Certificate Program, a credit-bearing course of study that co-enrolled administrators from early learning and K-12. She also has led the National P-3 Institute since 2008.
Kristie's authorship includes numerous articles, book chapters, and reports on topics ranging from P-3 alignment to full-day Kindergarten to early childhood governance. Kristie is lead author on the Framework for Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating PreK-3rd Grade Approaches, a tool used around the country to guide school, district, and community alignment efforts. She co-authored a book on improving the early care and education workforce and is co-editor of the book Early Childhood Systems: Transforming Early Learning.
Kristie is a proud graduate of Colorado College, American University, and Teachers College at Columbia University.
Margaret (Meg) Soli is the associate director of the National P-3 Center at University of Colorado Denver’s School of Education and Human Development. Meg is committed to thoughtful research, policy, and practice to improve the lives of young children and their families. She is passionate about improving the complex early childhood system that children and families experience from birth through 3rd grade.
Meg has the toolkit of an evaluator and is skilled at developing logic models and theories of change, thinking innovatively about measurement, using qualitative and quantitative methods, and applying a continuous quality improvement lens to her work. Her interests include defining and measuring high quality early care and education, strengthening the early childhood workforce, engaging families, and understanding the role of media and technology in children’s development.
Prior to joining the National P-3 Center, Meg worked as a research scientist in the Early Childhood Department at Child Trends. Throughout 10 years with Child Trends, she managed and supported multiple research and evaluation projects for government agencies, foundations, and non-profit groups at the national, state, and local levels.
Meg has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Macalester College.