Originally from the Netherlands, Pepijn van Houwelingen has made the Bay Area – and Kidango – his adopted home. As a lifelong believer in the importance of education, Pepijn feels strongly about ensuring that all children have the opportunity to grow and learn to the best of their abilities.
In his capacity as Vice President of Research and Enrollment, Pepijn oversees Kidango’s Enrollment and Compliance Department, which is responsible for verifying eligibility for services, guiding families through the enrollment process and submitting all required reports to the state and federal government. But rather than seeing ‘compliance’ as the end-goal, Kidango’s philosophy is to view it as a necessary baseline or starting point from which to focus on our overarching mission: making a difference in the lives of children and families. Therefore, Pepijn is also tasked with leading Kidango’s efforts to track the outcomes of our programs through rigorous research and facilitating collaborations with some of the nation’s top academic researchers in the field of Early Education. His goal is to utilize data as well as cutting-edge scientific research to continuously improve Kidango’s programs and to maximize their positive impacts.
Pepijn holds a BSc and an MSc in Public Administration from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (Netherlands), and a PhD in Political Science from Royal Holloway, University of London (United Kingdom). His Doctoral research investigates the dynamic between rational self-interest and moral imperatives in public policy through the lens of collaborations between government, business, and non-profits as they worked together to address issues of unemployment, poverty, and social instability.