Catherine Henny

Early Childhood Curriculum Development Specialist

Catherine Henny


  • MA, International Education Development and Policy Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • BA, Inclusive Elementary and Special Education and Sociology, Syracuse University

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Catherine Henny is an early childhood development specialist with experience including classroom teaching, qualitative research, and work in the international nonprofit sector. She focuses on designing holistic early childhood programming including curriculum and materials development, teacher training and support, and community and parental engagement.

Ms. Henny serves as the lead specialist for RTI’s ECD programming in the East Africa region. For the Kenya-based Tayari Project, funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, she is supporting the development of a cost-effective and scalable ECD model that better prepares children for primary school across all developmental domains. She also works on Tusome Pamoja, an early reading and math intervention program funded by USAID and the government of Tanzania.

Using her skills in technical design and implementation, Ms. Henny supports the long-term strategic vision of our Early Childhood team by contributing to its research agenda. She works to develop innovative tools and products for the provision of high-quality early childhood care and education in low- and middle-income countries.

Ms. Henny joined RTI in 2014. Previously, she was a policy analyst and education operations officer at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Secretariat, where she served as co-lead of the learning outcomes cluster. Her work focused on implementing GPE’s early grade reading and early childhood education agenda. She also supported sector-monitoring activities, portfolio reviews, and education sector planning and implementation in 25 developing countries in West and Central Africa. She started her career as an elementary school teacher and has taught both in the U.S. and in Nairobi, Kenya. She served as the communications and development officer for the Tanzanian Children’s Fund in Karatu, Tanzania.