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Holly M. Kreider Heising-Simons Foundation

Holly Kreider is program officer in family engagement at the Heising-Simons Foundation in Los Altos, California. Dr. Kreider leads family engagement grant making for the Foundation, including direct service grants in local counties, as well as state- and national-level research, evaluation, and policy grants. Previously, Dr. Kreider served as director of programs for Raising A Reader National Office, overseeing training, evaluation, and affiliate relations with 165 agencies across the United States. She also previously served as vice president at Sociometrics, leading federally funded and private sector research and evaluation projects focused on children’s mental health, adolescent pregnancy prevention, HIV/STI prevention, and family strengthening. Finally, Dr. Kreider was a research associate at the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) and an instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade. At HFRP, she managed research projects and developed best practice resources in areas of family engagement, out-of-school time, teacher professional development, and program evaluation. At HFRP, she also cofounded the Family Involvement Network of Educators—a national network of more than 12,000 educators and other professionals committed to engaging families in their children’s education. She is author/editor of four books and dozens of publications, including Promising Practices for Family Engagement in Out-of-School Time (IAP, 2011) and Promising Practices for Engaging Families in Literacy (IAP, 2013). Dr. Kreider received her EdD in human development and psychology from Harvard University.