Department of Human Services
Dr. Kaitlin Bargreen is an Instructor in the Birth-Kindergarten Program. Her research focuses on capturing caregiver and child experiences across early care and education settings and examining how these experiences intersect with program and state level quality improvement initiatives. She has research and practice experience in working with early childhood educators across a variety of settings, including: community-based child care, family child care homes, Early Head Start/ Head Start and public pre-k.
Prior to starting at WCU, Dr. Bargreen worked across multiple federally funded projects focused on understanding children's early experiences in center-based and family child care environments as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood at the University of Delaware. She served as the Co-Principal Investigator and Program Manager for Data and Evaluation for Delaware’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. Dr. Bargreen attended the University of Tennessee, where she earned her Ph.D. in Child and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. While in graduate school she was the demonstration teacher and program coordinator for an initiative to develop a pilot preschool program serving children from low-income homes, in conjunction with providing a laboratory setting for high school child development students.