What is the NAECR Policy Fellows Program?

The NAECR Policy Fellows Program features a series of informal conversations among
First Five Nebraska and NAECR early childhood researchers at the University of Nebraska.


What are the objectives?

  • To educate NU early childhood researchers on local, state and federal policy processes, impacts and relationships to research.
  • To provide the Nebraska policy community with insight into the University of Nebraska’s latest early childhood research.
  • To create meaningful, bidirectional connections and collaborations between the research and policy communities to develop a policy-relevant research agenda and enrich early childhood experiences.

How does it work?

NAECR selects early childhood researchers to participate in the program. Participation includes four conversations over the course of the academic year and participation in a culminating activity (e.g., presentation, panel). Fellows are expected to engage in and contribute to an active, ongoing and supportive dialogue about the connections between policy and research.

Representatives from First Five Nebraska will provide insight into policy process, impact and the relationship between policy and research.

Participants must be current NU faculty or current NU administrative research personnel.

Past, present NAECR Policy Fellows


  • Carrie Clark

    Carrie Clark

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Biography
  • Amy Encinger

    Amy Encinger

    UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute
    Biography
  • Holly Hatton-Bowers

    Holly Hatton-Bowers

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Biography
  • Sara Kupzyk

    Sara Kupzyk

    University of Nebraska at Omaha
    Biography
  • Dawn Mollenkopf

    Dawn Mollenkopf

    University of Nebraska at Kearney
    Biography
  • Amy Napoli

    Amy Napoli

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Biography
  • Danae Dinkel

    Danae Dinkel

    University of Nebraska at Omaha
    Biography
  • Marc Goodrich

    Marc Goodrich

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Biography
  • Soo-Young Hong

    Soo-Young Hong

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Biography
  • Rachel Schachter

    Rachel Schachter

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Biography
  • Sarah Zuckerman

    Sarah Zuckerman

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Biography
  • Alexandra Daro

    Alexandra Daro

    Buffett Early Childhood Institute
    Biography
  • Jenna Finch

    Jenna Finch

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Biography
  • Anne Karabon

    Anne Karabon

    University of Nebraska at Omaha
    Biography
  • Marisa Macy

    Marisa Macy

    University of Nebraska at Kearney
    Biography
  • Amanda Prokasky

    Amanda Prokasky

    UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute
    Biography
  • Carrie Clark

    Carrie Clark

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Biography
  • Amy Encinger

    Amy Encinger

    UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute
    Biography
  • Holly Hatton-Bowers

    Holly Hatton-Bowers

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Biography
  • Sara Kupzyk

    Sara Kupzyk

    University of Nebraska at Omaha
    Biography
  • Dawn Mollenkopf

    Dawn Mollenkopf

    University of Nebraska at Kearney
    Biography
  • Amy Napoli

    Amy Napoli

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Biography