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 working in the international nonprofit and multi-lateral sector. She specializes in the design and implementation of pre-primary and early learning programs, specifically in the areas of curriculum and materials development, teacher training and coaching, parental and community engagement, and capacity building.

Ms. Henny provides technical support to RTI’s early childhood education (ECE) programming in Ethiopia, Kenya, Jordan, Tanzania, and Liberia. She also serves as program manager for several of our current and past ECE initiatives.

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 ECE interventions 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 supported the design and implementation of GPE’s Strategic Plan. 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.

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