Welcome to Schaefer Consulting

Schaefer Consulting provides policy, research, and advocacy services on early childhood education and other child and family issues for nonprofit organizations and public agencies.

Specializing in:

  • Policy Research: synthesizing the latest research evidence, statistics, program data and stakeholder input to inform policy decisions.

  • Policy Advocacy: providing information, analysis and support to federal and state advocacy campaigns, including reports, briefs, action alerts, bill summaries and analyses.

  • Training and Technical Assistance: developing and delivering trainings for advocacy professionals and early childhood educators to equip them with new knowledge and skills. MSDE-Approved Trainer for Core of Knowledge (COK) and continued education child care trainings.

  • Bridging Research and Policy: translating technical research information into more user-friendly language and formats to reach a broader audience.

About Stephanie

Stephanie Schaefer, Ph.D., has worked for two decades on federal and state child policy issues in the nonprofit sector.  She is a preschool teacher, researcher, and policy analyst.  Stephanie’s work for clients is informed by her breadth of experience in early childhood policy, research, and practice. (See Bio).


Stephanie’s recent and past clients for consulting projects have included:

  • Save the Children
  • Development Services Group, Inc.
  • ReadyNation/America’s Edge
  • Early Opportunities, LLC
  • Center for Law and Social Policy
  • Voices for America’s Children
  • National Center for Children in Poverty
  • National Council of La Raza

(See description of previous consulting projects).


Please contact Stephanie at schaefer.research (at) gmail (dot) com or 202-656-4504 to learn more about her consulting services or discuss how she may be able to assist you.

Stephanie’s consulting practice is based in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland.


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