Lucy Nelson


Lucy works on a variety of research projects involving media and digital resources to support early childhood education and at-home learning. Her main research interests include equitable access to education, specifically at the preschool and elementary level, and how educational technology and media can close the learning gap.

Lucy is a researcher on Ready To Learn, a U.S. Department of Education-supported initiative led by PBS and CPB that has produced findings on how to use media resources to improve the school readiness of preschool children in low-income communities. She also works on AHA! Island, a project that tests the efficacy of WGBH-produced computational thinking materials for preschoolers. Previously, Lucy worked on Tools to Support Preschool Teachers, a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project that developed resources to aid preschool teachers in supporting technology use and dual-language learners in the classroom, and on a project that tested new literacy resources meant to support reading at home with 3rd- and 4th-graders.

Lucy earned her BA in International Development from McGill University.