Aida Pacheco-Applegate is a Researcher at Chapin Hall, specializing in the evaluation of early childhood education and development projects. Her research interests include investigating how particular policies and programs can best support vulnerable children, promote family and child well-being, and maximize children’s development. More specifically, she focuses on school-based and early intervention programs that target children living in economically distressed communities and Spanish-speaking populations.
Pacheco-Applegate’s work has focused on implementing comprehensive program evaluations in the United States and in Peru. Her current work includes exploring how families in predominantly Latino communities in Chicago make childcare decisions and whether this decision-making process varies based on the neighborhood saturation level of formal childcare options. She is also leading the quantitative analysis component of the Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Initiative, implemented in Illinois. The Initiative is designed to improve the skills of early childhood teachers and other professionals who care for and work with children from birth to 6 and their parents. Pacheco-Applegate is also part of the Chapin Hall research team participating in the Child Care Policy Research Partnerships (CCPRP) project. The central goals of CCPRP are building evidence to inform design, implementation, and evaluation of new policies and programs intended to increase families’ access to high-quality childcare and expand the amount of high-quality childcare, particularly in low-income communities in Illinois.
Prior projects at Chapin Hall have included examining the impact of Elev8 programming on academic outcomes in the City of Baltimore and the City of Chicago. She has also examined the effect of restorative justice practices on students’ behavioral and disciplinary outcomes in four Chicago high schools, conducted quantitative analyses for the evaluation of the NL READS initiative on children’s academic outcomes, and participated in qualitative data collection and quantitative data analyses for the City Year Chicago evaluation project. Prior to moving to the United States for graduate school, Pacheco-Applegate worked for the Peruvian government designing and implementing social investment projects in the poorest regions of the county. She conducted the design and management of training and technical assistance activities for regional and local governments and promoted private investment in infrastructure and public services at the regional and local levels.
Pacheco-Applegate holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of the Pacific in Lima, Peru. She also completed a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of the Pacific.
Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School
Master of Arts in Economics, University of the Pacific, Lima, Peru
Bachelor of Arts in Economics, University of the Pacific, Lima, Peru