Our Team

Kaeley Benson, PhD

Deputy Director

Kaeley is the Deputy Director at the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center. She oversees and supports the implementation of the strategic vision for the Policy Impact Center, leveraging her background in developmental research with her years of experience in conducting rigorous evaluation research to ensure the Policy Impact Center is a trusted resource for state leaders looking for the most effective ways to positively impact families with young children in their state.

In previous roles at the Child and Family Research Partnership, Kaeley has helped design and implement evaluations of statewide programs to support families with young children including federally-funded home visiting programs, programs to engage fathers, and programs to support military and veteran families. Kaeley has previously worked on the Texas KIDS COUNT project and at the Yale University Child Study Center, where she was an Early Career Fellow at the Edward Zigler Center for Child Development and Social Policy. She holds a Ph.D. and Master’s Degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.

She lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, young daughter, and always-mischievous rescue pup. A recovering marathoner, Kaeley enjoys finding new neighborhood parks and playgrounds to enjoy with her family, binge-listening to true crime podcasts, and living in a house divided during football season.

Authored Content

Since 2019, the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center has empowered states with evidence on which policies positively impact very young children and their parents. Reviewing the evidence connecting state policies to outcomes for young children and