Eileen Dombrowski

Program associate

Eileen Dombrowski


  • M.Ed, Comparative and International Education, Lehigh University
  • M.Ed, Early Childhood Special Education, University of Maryland
  • BS, Early Childhood Special Education, University of Maryland
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Eileen Dombrowski is an early childhood development specialist focusing on young children with disabilities. Her experience includes classroom teaching, advocating for education policy, and disability rights advocacy. She focuses on ensuring early childhood programming meaningfully includes children with disabilities, as well as supports teachers to provide the differentiation of instruction these children need to be successful.

Ms. Dombrowski supports RTI’s ECD programs, as well as inclusive education activities within the primary grades. For the Kenya-based Tayari pre-primary education project, funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, she leads a study to examine the prevalence of children with disabilities in pre-primary classrooms, as well as how teachers differentiate instruction for these students. She also supports project operations for Malawi Early Grade Reading Improvement Activity (MERIT), an early reading intervention program funded by USAID and the government of Malawi.

Using her skills in technical design and implementation, Ms. Dombrowski supports the long-term strategic vision of our Early Childhood team. She also works to support RTI’s programs and resource development for children with disabilities. She recently co-authored a guide on the screening and inclusion of students with learning disabilities.

Prior to joining RTI, Ms. Dombrowski was a policy and programs specialist at Easter Seals, where she advocated for increasing funding for programs that impact children with disabilities and their families. She also led the Ages and Stages Questionnaire campaign for the organization, which offered the screening free to all parents of children under the age of 5. She started her career as an early childhood special education teacher and has taught in public schools in Washington, DC, and Baltimore City. Ms. Dombrowski was a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania (2006-2008) and a Peace Corps Response volunteer in The Gambia (2010-2011).