Daphna Bassok

Daphna Bassok

  • Batten Bicentennial Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
  • Associate Director, EdPolicyWorks

Office Location

Ridley Hall 258
PO Box 400265
405 Emmet Street S
Charlottesville, VA 22903


In addition to her school appointments, Daphna Bassok directs the Study of Early Education through Partnerships (SEE-Partnerships). She works closely with early childhood policy makers at both the Virginia and Louisiana Departments of Education on research aimed to inform efforts to build more cohesive, higher quality, early childhood education systems.

Bassok's research addresses early childhood education policy, with a focus on efforts to improve early childhood systems at scale. She is particularly interested in policies aimed at supporting the early childhood workforce. Currently, she is leading the multi-year evaluation of Virginia’s Federal Preschool Development Grant Birth-5 initiative which aims to expand access to stable, affordable, and quality early education for Virginia’s families and children, particularly those who are most vulnerable. As part of that evaluation, her team is conducting the first randomized controlled trial measuring the impacts of financial support for early educators on reducing turnover.

Through a long-standing research policy partnership in Louisiana, Bassok and colleagues are studying the states’ efforts to foster systemwide change including their unique quality rating and improvement system, their novel approach to credentialing childcare teachers, and their child care COVID recovery efforts. 

Bassok’s work has been generously funded by the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Spencer Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, and the Foundation for Child Development.


Ph.D., Stanford University, 2009
M.A., Stanford University , 2007
M.A., Stanford University, 2003
B.A., University of Michigan, 2000

Curriculum Vitae