Sengal joined MDRC in 2012 and has since been involved in large-scale demonstration projects in early childhood education across New York City and, more recently, across the nation. Her expertise is in site engagement and in finding ways to meet research needs in real-world settings. She was part of the management team for the Making Pre-K Count recruitment effort and also led recruitment for High 5s. In addition, she oversaw the implementation of teacher professional development for Making Pre-K Count. Sengal is now leading operations for the ExCEL Network project, which is evaluating summer program’s impact on summer learning loss and kindergarten readiness.
Sengal holds a BS in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in psychology from New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Before joining MDRC, Sengal led qualitative and quantitative data collection for the National Science Foundation-funded Early Adolescent Cohort project at the Center for Research on Culture, Development and Education in New York University’s Steinhardt School.