Naneida Lazarte-Alcalá

Researcher and Data Scientist, Educator Effectiveness & Policy Research, Oklahoma State Department of Education
Chapter Leader: Oklahoma SSN
Areas of Expertise:
  • International Development
  • Family Policies
  • Preschool Education
  • School Reform
  • Children & Families

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About Naneida

Lazarte-Alcalá’s research areas have focused on the fields of Early Care and Education, Economic Development and Poverty in developing countries, as well as Regional Economic Development and the impact evaluation of ongoing public policy initiatives of the State of Oklahoma. She has been the principal investigator on several research projects aimed at identifying barriers and facilitators of program participation and retention, especially for most at-risk populations. She also has extensive experience on program evaluation related to welfare programs and poverty, responsible for numerous federally funded grants including the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, (HHS). Lazarte-Alcalá is a member of the Administration for Children, Youth and Families (ACF) Child Care Policy Research Consortium; she is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics, and founder and former Chair of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Institutional Review Board. She has been Peer Reviewer for the National Research Conference on Early Childhood since 2014.

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In the News

"Why Tracking School Readiness Matters," Naneida Lazarte-Alcalá (with Krista Schumacher), OK Policy Blog, OK Policy, July 1, 2014.


"Oklahoma School Readiness Reach-by-Risk Report 2015," (with Krista Schumacher and Kristin Culver), Oklahoma Department of Human Services Practice and Policy Research Quarterly, October 2015.

Serves as the second publication in the series and updates data published in 2014. Presents results of a continued effort to highlight counties whose children are at the greatest risk of starting kindergarten unprepared to learn, and counties that are underrepresented in terms of quality early childhood education and child care services. Analyzes changes in risk and reach classifications between 2014 and 2015, including risk rank percentile changes. Implications for policy and resource allocation are discussed. 

"Oklahoma School Readiness Reach-by-Risk Report 2014," (with Krista Schumacher), Oklahoma Department of Human Services Practice and Policy Research Quarterly, March 31, 2014.
Presents the results of research examining the extent to which children in counties with a high prevalence of school readiness risk factors have access to quality early childhood education and child care. Implications for policy and resource allocation are discussed.
"Oklahoma School Readiness Risk Report 2013: Predictors in School Readiness," (with Krista Schumacher and Zohre Salehzadeh), Oklahoma Department of Human Services Practice and Policy Research Quarterly, March 31, 2013.
Documents the process of developing the Oklahoma School Readiness Risk Index (SRRI), which ranks counties according to index scores and groups them into four risk levels, ranging from high to low risk.