Karen Hill Scott, Ed.D

Karen Hill Scott, Ed.D

Fund Development Committee


Karen Hill Scott & Company

Dr. Karen Hill Scott is a nationally renowned child development expert whose start as a preschool teacher evolved into a wide-ranging career blending university teaching, research, consulting, and public service. She co-founded Crystal Stairs, one of California's largest non-profit child development agencies; still teaches part-time at the UCLA School of Management; and contributes to child development policy through consulting and public service. 

As President of Karen Hill Scott, she is translating theory into practical content for families, television programming for children, and services for communities. As an expert in child development, Karen has worked with corporations and organizations on innovations in early education.  Karen's career in public service includes having chaired the California School Readiness Master Plan for the State Senate Joint Committee, Co-chairing the Universal Preschool Task Force for the California Department of Education, and serving on the National Pre-Kindergarten Committee for the Education Commission of the States. Hill Scott was also an appointee to the State of California First 5 Commission and is currently a Board member at the Foundation for Child Development and Crystal Stairs, Inc. 

Karen's academic career focused on child development, public policy, program management and evaluation, and family functioning. Most recently, she authored the "The Sky's the Limit: the Los Angeles Universal Preschool Master Plan," a groundbreaking work that encapsulated the combined contributions of over 600 stakeholders in Los Angeles County. In children's media, Karen has provided content consulting on more than 1000 episodes of produced children's television. She is the chief educational consultant for NBC/Ion Networks and is working with the Baby Einstein company on a new DVD Series.  She previously consulted for Discovery Kids (on NBC), Nickelodeon, the Disney Channel and the Jim Henson Company. Dr. Karen Hill Scott received her M.A. and Ed.D. degrees from the University of California Los Angeles, where she also received Danforth and Chancellor's Fellowships and was named Outstanding Graduate Student for the School of Education. A resident of Los Angeles, she is married to Dr. T.V. Scott, an ophthalmologist, has four children and eight young grandchildren.