Emily Weinberg

Senior Researcher

Emily Weinberg is a senior researcher focusing on early childhood and K-12 education policy. Weinberg has more than 16 years of experience conducting and contributing to evaluations of educational programs and policies. Weinberg has also provided support to foundations, counties, and other local organizations in California on planning for expanding preschool access and quality. For example, she provided guidance on preschool and early education planning, including guidance on funding options, for Long Beach Unified School District’s Educare Center, Sonoma County, and to the City of Oakland.

Weinberg has extensive experience working with state early childhood data to inform state early care and education needs assessments. She is the administrator for AIR’s Early Learning Needs Assessment Tool that provides data related to childcare and early education needs for the state of California. She has also worked with state early care and education data to inform needs assessments and other early childhood data projects for Michigan, Nevada, and Arizona.

Weinberg is skilled in selecting, training, and assembling teams of researchers to collect qualitative and quantitative data including interviews, observations, surveys, and assessments for large and complex systems, including for both K-12 schools and early education and care programs. Weinberg has extensive experience managing data collection and training data collectors for large scale research and evaluation projects including for the Birth Through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST) Study, the Efficacy Trial of the HighScope Preschool Curriculum, the Pennsylvania Kindergarten Entry Inventory concurrent validity study, the Independent Evaluation of California’s RTT-ELC Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

Before joining AIR, Weinberg was a senior research analyst with Berkeley Policy Associates (BPA). At BPA, Weinberg managed a random assignment evaluation of the infant/toddler caregiver professional development program, the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC).

Emily Weinberg

M.A., Developmental Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University; B.A., Human Development, University of California at San Diego