Profile: Milagros Nores

Co-Director for Research, National Institute for Early Education Research

Milagros Nores, Ph.D., is the co-director for research at the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and concentrates her research on understanding how early childhood interventions can help young kids reach their full developmental potential. She is primarily focused on what occurs in the early developmental years and how and which programs support children’s early developmental trajectories and later on produce long-term effects in educational attainment, income, health and propensity for risky behaviors or crime. Upon noticing the early inequities among children entering schools with already established disadvantages, Nores was inspired to pursue a career in early childhood. She aligns herself with the importance of developing early intervention programs and strong quality practices early on to provide opportunities to children not just in New Jersey but also around the world. She conducts research in Colombia and consults for organizations involved in education projects across Latin American and Asia.

Nores received her Bachelor’s in Economics before earning a Master’s in Educational Policy and a Ph.D. in Education and Economics. Nores was interested in bringing together her interests in economics and social sciences and has focused much of her research on projects assessing early childhood interventions in Colombia and parental-child educational practices for minority children in the U.S. as well as evaluating preschool programs across New Jersey, West Virginia, Philadelphia, and Seattle. In addition to co-directing NIEER, she is a mom of four young children, is involved in the Early Childhood Advisory Council for her town and is a Girl Scout Leader.


B.Sc. in Economics, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (1996)

M.Ed. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy, Harvard University (1999)

M.Phil in Education and Economics, Columbia University (2006)

Ph.D. in Education and Economics, Columbia University (2006)

Expertise & Research Interest

Early Childhood development

Economics of early childhood education and poverty

International and comparative education

Recent & Selected Publications

Nores, M., Bernal, R. & Barnett, W.S. (2019) Center-Based Care for Infants and Toddlers: The aeioTU Randomized Trial.  Economics of Education Review.

Aboud, F.E., Yousafzai, A.K & M. Nores (2018) State of the Science on Implementation Research in Early Child Development and Future Directions. ANNALS of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Nores, M. & Fernandez, C. (2018) Building Capacity in Health and Education Systems to Deliver Interventions That Strengthen Early Child Development. ANNALS of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Nores, M., Figueras-Daniel, A., Lopez, M.A. & Bernal, R. (2018) Implementing aeioTU: Quality improvement alongside an efficacy study. Learning while growing. ANNALS of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Yousafzai, A.K., Aboud, F.E., Nores, M. & Kaur, R. (2018) Reporting Guidelines for Implementation Research on Nurturing Care Interventions Designed to Promote Early Childhood Development. ANNALS of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Barnett, W. S. & Nores, M. (2017) Costs and Benefits of Early Childhood Education and Care. In Miller, L. Cameron, C., Dalli, C. & Barbour, N. (Eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Policy. Sage.

Professional Affiliations

American Education Research Association

Association for Education Finance and Policy

Young Scholars Program, Foundation for Child Development

Educate Me, RISE Egypt

PfC Learning and Innovation Lab

International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy


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