Faculty Profile

Chloe Gibbs

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education

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Dr. Gibbs is an assistant professor at the Batten School with a joint appointment in the Curry School of Education. She is an affiliated researcher with U.Va.’s Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness and the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago.

Her research focuses on child and family policy, specifically the effects of early childhood interventions and programming. Her work includes analyzing the impact of full-day kindergarten using experimental and quasi-experimental methods, investigating patterns of fade out across studies of Head Start program effects, and exploring whether fade out of early childhood effects varies with preschool and early school experiences. She also has work-in-progress looking at the effects of local college scholarship programs on non-academic outcomes and a new study measuring the impact of full-day kindergarten expansions on maternal employment. Prior to completing her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, she worked as a researcher at the American Institutes for Research, Academy for Educational Development and Chapin Hall, where she led sample frame construction for the National Survey of Early Care and Education.

Selected Recent Publications

Jump-starting early childhood education at home: Early learning, parent motivation, and public policy.

E.A. Mahoney, B.A. Converse, C.R. Gibbs, S.C. Levine, and S.L. Beilock. "Jump-starting early childhood education at home: Early learning, parent motivation, and public policy," Perspectives on Psychological Science (forthcoming). read more »

Head Start Origins and Impacts

Chloe Gibbs, Jens Ludwig, and Douglas L. Miller “Head Start Origins and Impacts,” in Legacies of the War on Poverty: Future of Anti-Poverty Policies, ed., Martha J. Bailey and Sheldon Danziger, New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2013. read more »

Legacies of the War on Poverty

Gibbs, Chloe, Ludwig, Jens, & Miller, Douglas L. (2013). Head Start Origins and Impacts. In Martha J. Bailey  (Eds.), Legacies of the War on Poverty (pp. 39-65). New York: Russell Sage Foundation. read more »

Does Head Start Do Any Lasting Good?

Gibbs, Chloe, Jens Ludwig & Douglas Miller. (September 2011). Does Head Start Do Any Lasting Good? NBER Working Paper 17452 & forthcoming in The War on Poverty: A 50-year Retrospective (Martha Bailey & Sheldon Danziger, eds.). read more »


  • Association for Education Finance and Policy’s Jean Flanigan Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2014
  • U.S. Department of Labor Scholars Program, 2013–2014
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s Award for Best Dissertation in Public Policy and Management, Honorable Mention, 2012
  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Fellowship, 2011–2012
  • U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences Research Training Program Fellowship, 2008–2012

Related News & Events

Gibbs Named National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow read more »

Gibbs' Work A Part of White House Summit on Early Childhood Education read more »

Professor Gibbs' Research on Full-Day Kindergarten Cited read more »

Professor Gibbs' Study on Full-Day Kindergarten Cited in Education Week read more »

EdPolicyWorks Researchers Author over 30 Key Presentations at APPAM read more »

Batten faculty and alumni will present their research at the 2014 APPAM Fall Research Conference this November 6-8 in Albuquerque, NM. View greater details on the APPAM preliminary program page. read more »

Chloe Gibbs, an early career professor at EdPolicyWorks who has a joint appointment with the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, is also doing early childhood research with Bassok. Gibbs recently won a national award for her work on the long-term impacts of Head Start as well as the full-day kindergarten trend. read more »

For example, University of Virginia professor Chloe Gibbs; University of Chicago economist Jens Ludwig; and University of California, Davis, economist Douglas L. Miller estimate that Head Start produces a benefit-cost ratio of more than 7-to-1. read more »

“I’m delighted to receive this award from AEFP, an organization with a mission that is so supportive of and aligned with the type of policy research work that I do,” said Gibbs. read more »

According to research by Chloe R. Gibbs, an assistant professor of public policy and education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville only 1 in 10 3- and 4-year-olds was enrolled in formal early education when Head Start began, compared to more than 40 percent today. About a third of students entering the program had never been fully inoculated against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, or polio—common childhood illnesses at the time. read more »