Assistant Professor - Early Childhood Education

Kaitlin Northey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Vermont where she teaches in the Early Childhood Education program. Dr. Northey's research focuses on policy implementation and leadership in early childhood education, as well as issues related to the early education workforce.

In her courses, Dr. Northey's students examine how education policy, research, and theory work together to influence teachers' practices. As a former early childhood teacher and arts educator, she encourages her students to design learning experiences for children that are both developmentally appropriate and academically rigorous.


Graue, M.E., Ryan, S., Wilinski, B., Northey, K., & Nocera, A. (2018). What guides preK programs? Teachers College Record, 120(8), 1-36.

Riley-Ayers, S., Ryan, S., Figueras-Daniel, A., Costanza, V., & Northey, K. (2018). Building capacity to enact change for classroom quality improvement in New Jersey. CEELO Policy Brief.

Graue, M.E., Ryan, S., Nocera, A., Northey, K., & Wilinski, B. (2016). Pulling preK into a K-12 orbit: The evolution of preK in the age of standards. Early Years: An International Research Journal, 37(1), 108-122.

Ryan, S., & Northey-Berg, K. (2014). Professional preparation for a pedagogy of play. In L. Brooker, S. Edwards, & M. Blaise (Eds.), Handbook of Play and Learning in Early Childhood, (pp. 204-215). SAGE.


Kaitlin Northey

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Early childhood workforce
  • Early education policy
  • Leadership in early childhood


  • Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from Rutgers University
  • M.A.T. in Education from Smith College


  • (802) 656-6888
Office Location:

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