Christina Stephens studies early care and education experiences, resources, and policies that facilitate equitable access to childcare and promote children’s development. These interests have a particular focus on the experiences of children from linguistically diverse, racially/ethnically minoritized, and low-income backgrounds.
As a former predoctoral fellow of the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, she has collaborated on a multi-state study investigating how CCDF policy implementation impacts families’ access to childcare subsidies. Additionally, she has conducted analyses of national datasets to explore (1) Latinx families’ childcare costs, utilization, and provider characteristics around quality and flexibility; and (2) preschool classroom resources that facilitate Spanish-English dual language learner children’s school readiness.
Ph.D., University of North Carolina Greensboro, 2023
M.S., University of Rhode Island, 2019
B.A., The Catholic University of America