Our Team

Jennifer Huffman, MPAff

Director of Research

Jennifer is the Director of Research at the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center. In her role, she leads a team of researchers to conduct rigorous policy and program evaluations; identify opportunities to fill gaps in the existing evidence base through in-house research and through strategic partnerships; and connect researchers and practitioners together to promote shared learning and application of the evidence base for supporting the health and wellbeing of children and families.

Jennifer has expertise conducting both quantitative and qualitative studies across a wide range of topics, including home visiting, child welfare, and adolescent health and teen pregnancy prevention. She specializes in designing and administering surveys and using mixed methods to conduct implementation and outcomes studies of new and promising programs.

Jennifer has a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from The LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Texas Lutheran University. A born-and-raised Texan, Jennifer lives in Austin with her husband and son. She enjoys spending every spare minute outdoors hiking, running, camping, or at the park with a good book and oversized cup of coffee.

Authored Content

Last Thursday, October 12, the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center hosted our fourth annual Research to Policy Summit . We shared the many ways state policy choices impact families, demonstrated these impacts through our simulation of a family of three in different states, detailed the most effective policies states can employ to help children thrive from the start, and summarized the progress states have made this year toward implementing effective policies.
Throughout the nation, states are struggling to keep their child care industries afloat. Decades of underinvestment and a global pandemic threatened a near-total collapse of the system, held off only by temporary pandemic-era funding that