Meg Franko


Director of Research and Policy

As Director of Research and Policy, Meg is focused on creating and communicating knowledge that will advance innovative programs, practices, and policies for Colorado’s youngest children. Prior to joining Early Milestones, Meg was Research Associate Professor with the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) and Director of Research and Evaluation for the Butler Institute for Families at GSSW.  She has served as Principal Investigator on a wide range of early childhood programs, systems, and workforce evaluations in Colorado and across the country. Previously, Meg conducted the cross-site evaluation efforts for Colorado’s early childhood councils at the Colorado Department of Education and directed the Denver Early Childhood Council. Meg holds a B.A. from Kenyon College, an M.S. from the Heinz School for Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver.