Dr Monica Yudron is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education and Development in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has over 15 years of professional experience in a variety of education‐related fields including teaching, publishing, and state-level policy-making. Her research interests are centered on understanding formal programs of early childhood education and care as primary settings for intervening in the lives of young children facing a variety of poverty‐related risks. She is particularly interested in the ways that teacher capacities impact student learning and development. Between 2013 and 2015, she directed the evaluation of a pilot project in which the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Department of Early Childhood Education partnered with community-based organizations to scale the BPS PK model to private, community-based providers in Boston. Currently, she is investigating the role of coaching and instructional support in teachers’ implementation of a STEM-focused early childhood education curriculum. Since 2015, she has been a member of the team evaluating the Preschool Expansion Grant in Massachusetts. In this role, she is co-lead of the impact study and deeply involved in the implementation study from design to data collection.