Helen Raikes, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies

Helen Raikes is a professor and associate of the Center on Children, Families and the Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the principal investigator for the five-state Midwest Child Care Research Consortium, which studies child care quality, workforce characteristics and Quality Rating System interventions. She is also one of several state-level principal investigators in a five-state Quality Intervention in Early Care and Education study. Raikes provides consultation to the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Early Learning Initiative and the Bounce Learning Network.

Prior to her appointment at UNL, Raikes served as an associate at The Gallup Organization, where she directed public opinion and other studies related to children and families. She also served as a Society for Research in Child Development executive policy fellow, where she was project monitor for the Early Head Start study and was awarded the Government Award of Excellence in Evaluations for reports issued in 2002 and 2003. Raikes serves on the board of directors for the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation and the Susan A. Buffet Foundation. She was previously a member of the leadership team for the Nebraska Early Childhood Coalition, which has coordinated passage of birth-to-5 legislation in the state.

Raikes earned her doctorate in child development from Iowa State University.