Crisis Work Group Resource Page

On Monday, October 28, 2019, a broad group of organizations came together to address crises impacting young children. Below you will find general resources as well as presentation slides, audio links and more.


 

General Resources


Committee on Economic Development’s Materials Related to the ECE Workforce Refundable Tax Credit:


Committee on Economic Development’s Child Care in State Economies: 2019 Update:


9:00am

Welcome

Play Audio (09:06):


Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Speaker:

Alene Tchourumoff
Senior Vice President of Community Development and the Center for Indian Country Development

Expand to Read Bio

Alene leads the Bank’s engagement with communities throughout the Ninth District to promote economic opportunity for low-and moderate-income people and those living in Indian Country. Key focus areas include early childhood development and affordable housing. Prior to joining the Bank in December 2018, Alene served as chair of Minnesota’s Metropolitan Council, where she built strong partnerships with local governments and community groups to advance transit, housing, and other critical infrastructure.

Previously, she served as Minnesota’s first state rail director, led Hennepin County Public Works’ Planning Department, served as an agricultural development adviser to the World Bank, and worked extensively in China and Southeast Asia on public policy and public health initiatives—including combating HIV/AIDS in China and Vietnam. Alene holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from George Washington University School of Business and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.


ECE Crisis Work Group

Suggested Pre-Reading:

Speakers:

Jan Kruchoski
Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen L.L.P. (Co-Chair)

Expand to Read Bio

Jan is the Managing Principal of CLA Search. She brings over 30 years of experience in the Executive Search industry and fundamentally believes that without the right leadership talent, no organization will successfully achieve their strategic and business goals. In addition, Jan serves as Managing Principal of CLA’s Firmwide Community & Civic Involvement and is responsible for strategic leadership to drive CLA’s commitment to strengthening our local communities.

Jan’s community involvement is wide ranging, including serving as past chair of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, chair of the CLA Foundation board, and member of the Close Gaps by 5 board.

 

Fred Senn
Founding Partner, Fallon Worldwide (Co-Chair)

Expand to Read Bio

Fred is one of the founding partners of Fallon Worldwide, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. Known for their creativity, their client portfolio has included blue chip brands like BMW, Porsche, Holiday Inn, Sony, United Airlines, Citibank, Time Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. Fred is also very involved in local business and nonprofit organizations, and has directed the successful advertising efforts of the Minnesota Business Partnership, the Minnesota Department of Tourism, as well as two gubernatorial campaigns. He is also involved as an adviser or board member to several children’s organizations, including Close Gaps by 5 and Think Small.



9:15am

Two Major Statewide Crises

Play Audio (36:45):


Resources:

Suggested Pre-Reading:

Speakers:

Rob Grunewald
Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Expand to Read Bio

Rob is an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Grunewald conducts research on community development and regional economic issues. He co-authored “Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return” in 2003 and has written several subsequent articles on the economic and social impact of early learning. He frequently speaks to community and business leaders, policymakers, and media throughout the United States.

Grunewald has served on boards and advisory committees for organizations involved with early childhood development, including Think Small: Leaders in Early Learning, First Children’s Finance, and the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency. He is also a past president of the Minnesota Economic Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and religion from St. Olaf College and a master’s degree in applied economics from the University of Minnesota.

 

Lauryn Schothorst
Director, Workplace Management and Workforce Development Policy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

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Lauryn is responsible for developing and representing the Minnesota Chamber’s positions on labor-management, education, and workforce development issues before the legislature and state agencies. Lauryn joined the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce in August 2018. She comes to the Chamber from Washington, DC where she served as a Chief of Staff for two members of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives. In this capacity, she had direct experience supporting their respective assignments to the House Committees on Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means. As Chief of Staff, Lauryn was responsible for the strategic operations of the Washington, DC and district offices. This included comprehensive communications, legislative, and political strategies, public relations and coalition development in addition to logistics/operations and personnel matters.

Prior to this role, she served as Legislative Director, where she developed and advanced legislative initiatives for a broad portfolio of issues including energy, environment and telecommunications. She also served in a variety of other legislative roles before achieving her leadership positions. She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University, where she was also captain of the nationally ranked women’s varsity lacrosse team.



9:45am

Recommendation: Invest in Increasing Supply of High Quality ECE Programs to Address Shortage

Play Audio (29:35):


Resources:

Speakers:

Heidi Hagel-Braid
Chief Program Officer, First Children’s Finance

Expand to Read Bio

Heidi Hagel Braid is the Director of National Programs at First Children’s Finance, a nonprofit organization focused on increasing the sustainability and supply of high quality child care businesses. Hagel Braid leads efforts to create, implement and communicate early care and education business strategies that lead to a well-paid workforce, more sustainable and accessible high quality care, and improved outcomes for children. She specializes in the expansion of programs and services into new states and regions, including increasing states’ capacity to address early care and education business needs and opportunities for alignment of resources.

Heidi joined First Children’s Finance as the Regional Director, Minnesota and the Dakotas, in 2012, bringing over 15 years of nonprofit experience and a strong history working on the behalf of children and families. In 2013, Heidi launched the Rural Child Care Innovation Program, an innovative effort linking rural economic development and child care. She has also led the development of national child care business analysis tools that assess the financial operations of family child care businesses.

 

Cisa Keller
Senior Vice President for Early Childhood Quality Development, Think Small

Expand to Read Bio

Cisa Keller, Senior Vice President for Early Childhood Quality Development, joined Think Small in 2015 and has over 15 years of experience in the early care and education profession that began in the classroom experience and grew into being an effective early childhood policy expert. Prior to joining Think Small, Keller was the Director for Government and Community Relations with New Horizon Academy and an adjunct professor in the BA-Child Development degree completion & M.A.Ed.-ECE programs at Concordia University.

Cisa was a founding member of the Minnesota’s Future Early Childhood Coalition and served on the executive committee of the MinneMinds campaign. She is presently a member of the MN P3 Design Team, MN Birth – 8 Workgroup, the MN Financing Teacher Quality Advisory Committee, the Parent Aware Advisory Committee, the St Paul Promise Neighborhood Early Childhood Advisory Committee, and the Northside Achievement Zone Early Childhood Action Team. Keller serves on Think Small’s Executive Leadership Team.

 
 

 

10:15am

Recommendation: Continuously Improve Parent Aware Standards

Play Audio (58:58):


Resources:

Suggested Pre-Reading:

Speakers:

Jennifer Cleveland
Research Operations Manager, Child Trends

Expand to Read Bio

Jennifer Cleveland has over ten years’ experience working on research projects examining the quality of early care and education settings. Jennifer contributes to overall management of projects, including the sampling and recruitment of research participants, data collection, compiling findings, and maintaining IRB compliance. Her research interests include qualitative methodologies, program evaluation, and making research applicable to general audiences. Jennifer studied at the University of Minnesota where she obtained her M.S.W.

 

Kathryn Tout
Senior Research Scientist, Child Trends

Expand to Read Bio

Kathryn Tout is a developmental scientist who focuses on how policies, practices, and innovations can promote effective early childhood systems, program quality, and the well-being of young children and their families. She conducts research and evaluation to understand and identify best practices in early childhood system-building, program quality improvement, and professional development for early childhood educators.

She provides technical assistance to build capacity in the early childhood field for continuous improvement and monitoring of progress toward equitable experiences and outcomes for young children and their families. Kathryn directs projects from Child Trends’ Minnesota office but works across the nation with a variety of local, state and federal partners. She is passionate about using data to spark conversations about equity and new ideas for improving children’s lives. Kathryn holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Minnesota.



11:15am

Learning from Washington | Recommendation: Better Coordinate the Child Care Assistance Program and Early Learning Scholarships, Increase Investment in Early Learning Scholarships

Play Audio (40:52):


Resources:

Suggested Pre-Reading:

Speakers:

Ryan Pricco
Director of Policy & Advocacy, Child Care Aware of Washington

Expand to Read Bio

Ryan coordinates all advocacy efforts for Child Care Aware of Washington and is an effective voice in Olympia for children, families and caregivers during the state legislative session. When the Legislature is not in session Ryan focuses on grassroots mobilization, system messaging, representing us at key meetings with state-level partners, staffing the board of trustees’ meetings, and assisting the executive director. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington.

 

Nicole Rose
Director of Eligibility and Provider Supports, Washington State Dept. of Children, Youth & Families

Expand to Read Bio

Nicole Rose is Director of Eligibility and Provider Supports for the Washington State Dept. of Children, Youth & Families. Nicole previously held several positions at the Washington Dept. of Early Learning, which she joined in 2010. During her tenure at the Dept. of Early Learning Nicole’s portfolio included Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, Early Achievers Rating System, professional development, and child care subsidy programs.

Nicole grew up in Spokane, Washington and brings a variety of experience in early learning settings including Head Start and ECEAP, community-based mobilization work and research and evaluation of home visiting. She is passionate about putting best practice into policy, so programs have the supports and resources necessary to ensure all of Washington’s children, youth, and families have opportunities for success. Nicole holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.



12:00pm

Break – Pick-up lunch


12:15pm

Learning From Maryland

Play Audio (41:23):


Resources:

Suggested Pre-Reading:

Speakers:

Rene D. Williams
Child Care Subsidy Branch Chief, Maryland Dept. of Education

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René is the Chief of Child Subsidy for Maryland’s Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agency, the Maryland State Department of Education. René considers the child care voucher as “A Child’s First Scholarship” on their path to self-sufficiency and to becoming a life-long learner and contributor to Maryland and the world. Maryland is currently providing Child Care Scholarships to approximately 20,000 children across Maryland. Two decades of René’s work has focused on the management and implementation of State and/ or County Child Care Subsidy (CCS) Programs and the provision of support services to those committed to advancing greater access to higher quality, safe, affordable, early care and education for all children.

Because she believes a solid educational foundation breaks generational-poverty and is the cornerstone for building a stronger nation, her primary interests are: identifying barriers that reduce continuity of care and identifying policies, procedures and practices that weaken the implementation of the intent of CCDF Re-Authorization.

 

Jena Valle Smith
Quality Assurance Supervisor for Maryland’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, Maryland EXCELS

Expand to Read Bio

Jena is the Quality Assurance Supervisor for Maryland’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, Maryland EXCELS. In her role, Jena supervises the work of and develops resources for the 15 Quality Assurance Specialists who provide ongoing technical assistance and professional development to the more than 4,500 programs/providers participating in Maryland EXCELS. In addition, Jena is also a part of the Maryland EXCELS Leadership Team assisting with the development and implementation of policies and procedures, standards revision, and technical assistance system assessment and design.

Jena joined the Maryland State Department of Education 10 years ago as the Training Approval Coordinator for the Office of Child Care and has been in her current position since 2013. Prior to joining the Maryland State Department of Education Jena, was the Director for the Community Action Council Howard County Head Start. Jena is dedicated to increasing access to quality early childhood programs and developing a quality early childhood workforce to benefit the children and families in Maryland.



1:00pm

Bringing the Learnings Together: Questions and Discussion from Minnesota Audience


2:30pm

Break


2:45pm

Learning from Rhode Island | Recommendation: Improve Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting on Children’s Program Participation and Outcomes

Play Audio (01:01:09):


Resources:

Suggested Pre-Reading:

Speaker:

 

Ellen Amore
KidsNet Manager, Rhode Island Dept. of Health

Expand to Read Bio

Ellen Amore has over 25 years of experience working in Maternal and Child Health at the Rhode Island Department of Health. Since 2007, has managed KIDSNET, Rhode Island’s integrated child health information system. This system contains children’s preventive healthcare information, such as newborn screening, developmental screening, immunizations and lead screening and early childhood program participation, such as family home visiting, WIC, Early Intervention, and Head Start. Information is shared through KIDSNET with authorized community partners that help ensure that eligible children receive services and enroll in public health programs for which they are eligible.

Prior to her role managing KIDSNET, Ellen managed Newborn Screening Programs including blood spot, newborn hearing, and newborn developmental risk assessment, as well as a newborn home visiting program. Ellen received a B.A. in Human Biology with a concentration in child development from Stanford University and an M.S. in Maternal and Child Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.



3:45pm

Closing Remarks


4:00pm

Adjourn


Crisis Work Group Resource Page

On Monday, October 28, 2019, a broad group of organizations came together to address crises impacting young children. Below you will find general resources as well as presentation slides, audio links and more.


 

General Resources


Committee on Economic Development’s Materials Related to the ECE Workforce Refundable Tax Credit:


Committee on Economic Development’s Child Care in State Economies: 2019 Update:


9:00am

Welcome

Play Audio (09:06):


Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Speaker:

Alene Tchourumoff
Senior Vice President of Community Development and the Center for Indian Country Development

Expand to Read Bio

Alene leads the Bank’s engagement with communities throughout the Ninth District to promote economic opportunity for low-and moderate-income people and those living in Indian Country. Key focus areas include early childhood development and affordable housing. Prior to joining the Bank in December 2018, Alene served as chair of Minnesota’s Metropolitan Council, where she built strong partnerships with local governments and community groups to advance transit, housing, and other critical infrastructure.

Previously, she served as Minnesota’s first state rail director, led Hennepin County Public Works’ Planning Department, served as an agricultural development adviser to the World Bank, and worked extensively in China and Southeast Asia on public policy and public health initiatives—including combating HIV/AIDS in China and Vietnam. Alene holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from George Washington University School of Business and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.


ECE Crisis Work Group

Suggested Pre-Reading:

Speakers:

Jan Kruchoski
Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen L.L.P. (Co-Chair)

Expand to Read Bio

Jan is the Managing Principal of CLA Search. She brings over 30 years of experience in the Executive Search industry and fundamentally believes that without the right leadership talent, no organization will successfully achieve their strategic and business goals. In addition, Jan serves as Managing Principal of CLA’s Firmwide Community & Civic Involvement and is responsible for strategic leadership to drive CLA’s commitment to strengthening our local communities.

Jan’s community involvement is wide ranging, including serving as past chair of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, chair of the CLA Foundation board, and member of the Close Gaps by 5 board.

 

Fred Senn
Founding Partner, Fallon Worldwide (Co-Chair)

Expand to Read Bio

Fred is one of the founding partners of Fallon Worldwide, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. Known for their creativity, their client portfolio has included blue chip brands like BMW, Porsche, Holiday Inn, Sony, United Airlines, Citibank, Time Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. Fred is also very involved in local business and nonprofit organizations, and has directed the successful advertising efforts of the Minnesota Business Partnership, the Minnesota Department of Tourism, as well as two gubernatorial campaigns. He is also involved as an adviser or board member to several children’s organizations, including Close Gaps by 5 and Think Small.



9:15am

Two Major Statewide Crises

Play Audio (36:55):


Resources:

Suggested Pre-Reading:

Speakers:

Rob Grunewald
Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Expand to Read Bio

Rob is an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Grunewald conducts research on community development and regional economic issues. He co-authored “Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return” in 2003 and has written several subsequent articles on the economic and social impact of early learning. He frequently speaks to community and business leaders, policymakers, and media throughout the United States.

Grunewald has served on boards and advisory committees for organizations involved with early childhood development, including Think Small: Leaders in Early Learning, First Children’s Finance, and the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency. He is also a past president of the Minnesota Economic Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and religion from St. Olaf College and a master’s degree in applied economics from the University of Minnesota.

 

Lauryn Schothorst
Director, Workplace Management and Workforce Development Policy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Expand to Read Bio

Lauryn is responsible for developing and representing the Minnesota Chamber’s positions on labor-management, education, and workforce development issues before the legislature and state agencies. Lauryn joined the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce in August 2018. She comes to the Chamber from Washington, DC where she served as a Chief of Staff for two members of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives. In this capacity, she had direct experience supporting their respective assignments to the House Committees on Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means. As Chief of Staff, Lauryn was responsible for the strategic operations of the Washington, DC and district offices. This included comprehensive communications, legislative, and political strategies, public relations and coalition development in addition to logistics/operations and personnel matters.

Prior to this role, she served as Legislative Director, where she developed and advanced legislative initiatives for a broad portfolio of issues including energy, environment and telecommunications. She also served in a variety of other legislative roles before achieving her leadership positions. She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University, where she was also captain of the nationally ranked women’s varsity lacrosse team.



9:45am

Recommendation: Invest in Increasing Supply of High Quality ECE Programs to Address Shortage

Play Audio (29:35):


Resources:

Speakers:

Heidi Hagel-Braid
Chief Program Officer, First Children’s Finance

Expand to Read Bio

Heidi Hagel Braid is the Director of National Programs at First Children’s Finance, a nonprofit organization focused on increasing the sustainability and supply of high quality child care businesses. Hagel Braid leads efforts to create, implement and communicate early care and education business strategies that lead to a well-paid workforce, more sustainable and accessible high quality care, and improved outcomes for children. She specializes in the expansion of programs and services into new states and regions, including increasing states’ capacity to address early care and education business needs and opportunities for alignment of resources.

Heidi joined First Children’s Finance as the Regional Director, Minnesota and the Dakotas, in 2012, bringing over 15 years of nonprofit experience and a strong history working on the behalf of children and families. In 2013, Heidi launched the Rural Child Care Innovation Program, an innovative effort linking rural economic development and child care. She has also led the development of national child care business analysis tools that assess the financial operations of family child care businesses.

 

Cisa Keller
Senior Vice President for Early Childhood Quality Development, Think Small

Expand to Read Bio

Cisa Keller, Senior Vice President for Early Childhood Quality Development, joined Think Small in 2015 and has over 15 years of experience in the early care and education profession that began in the classroom experience and grew into being an effective early childhood policy expert. Prior to joining Think Small, Keller was the Director for Government and Community Relations with New Horizon Academy and an adjunct professor in the BA-Child Development degree completion & M.A.Ed.-ECE programs at Concordia University.

Cisa was a founding member of the Minnesota’s Future Early Childhood Coalition and served on the executive committee of the MinneMinds campaign. She is presently a member of the MN P3 Design Team, MN Birth – 8 Workgroup, the MN Financing Teacher Quality Advisory Committee, the Parent Aware Advisory Committee, the St Paul Promise Neighborhood Early Childhood Advisory Committee, and the Northside Achievement Zone Early Childhood Action Team. Keller serves on Think Small’s Executive Leadership Team.



10:15am

Recommendation: Continuously Improve Parent Aware Standards

Play Audio (58:58):


Resources:

Suggested Pre-Reading:

Speakers:

Jennifer Cleveland
Research Operations Manager, Child Trends

Expand to Read Bio

Jennifer Cleveland has over ten years’ experience working on research projects examining the quality of early care and education settings. Jennifer contributes to overall management of projects, including the sampling and recruitment of research participants, data collection, compiling findings, and maintaining IRB compliance. Her research interests include qualitative methodologies, program evaluation, and making research applicable to general audiences. Jennifer studied at the University of Minnesota where she obtained her M.S.W.

 

Kathryn Tout
Senior Research Scientist, Child Trends

Expand to Read Bio

Kathryn Tout is a developmental scientist who focuses on how policies, practices, and innovations can promote effective early childhood systems, program quality, and the well-being of young children and their families. She conducts research and evaluation to understand and identify best practices in early childhood system-building, program quality improvement, and professional development for early childhood educators.

She provides technical assistance to build capacity in the early childhood field for continuous improvement and monitoring of progress toward equitable experiences and outcomes for young children and their families. Kathryn directs projects from Child Trends’ Minnesota office but works across the nation with a variety of local, state and federal partners. She is passionate about using data to spark conversations about equity and new ideas for improving children’s lives. Kathryn holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Minnesota.



11:15am

Learning from Washington | Recommendation: Better Coordinate the Child Care Assistance Program and Early Learning Scholarships, Increase Investment in Early Learning Scholarships

Play Audio (40:52):


Resources:

Suggested Pre-Reading:

Speakers:

Ryan Pricco
Director of Policy & Advocacy, Child Care Aware of Washington

Expand to Read Bio

Ryan coordinates all advocacy efforts for Child Care Aware of Washington and is an effective voice in Olympia for children, families and caregivers during the state legislative session. When the Legislature is not in session Ryan focuses on grassroots mobilization, system messaging, representing us at key meetings with state-level partners, staffing the board of trustees’ meetings, and assisting the executive director. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington.

 

Nicole Rose
Director of Eligibility and Provider Supports, Washington State Dept. of Children, Youth & Families

Expand to Read Bio

Nicole Rose is Director of Eligibility and Provider Supports for the Washington State Dept. of Children, Youth & Families. Nicole previously held several positions at the Washington Dept. of Early Learning, which she joined in 2010. During her tenure at the Dept. of Early Learning Nicole’s portfolio included Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, Early Achievers Rating System, professional development, and child care subsidy programs.

Nicole grew up in Spokane, Washington and brings a variety of experience in early learning settings including Head Start and ECEAP, community-based mobilization work and research and evaluation of home visiting. She is passionate about putting best practice into policy, so programs have the supports and resources necessary to ensure all of Washington’s children, youth, and families have opportunities for success. Nicole holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.



12:00pm

Break – Pick-up lunch


12:15am

Learning From Maryland

Play Audio (41:23):


Resources:

Suggested Pre-Reading:

Speakers:

Rene D. Williams
Child Care Subsidy Branch Chief, Maryland Dept. of Education

Expand to Read Bio

René is the Chief of Child Subsidy for Maryland’s Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agency, the Maryland State Department of Education. René considers the child care voucher as “A Child’s First Scholarship” on their path to self-sufficiency and to becoming a life-long learner and contributor to Maryland and the world. Maryland is currently providing Child Care Scholarships to approximately 20,000 children across Maryland. Two decades of René’s work has focused on the management and implementation of State and/ or County Child Care Subsidy (CCS) Programs and the provision of support services to those committed to advancing greater access to higher quality, safe, affordable, early care and education for all children.

Because she believes a solid educational foundation breaks generational-poverty and is the cornerstone for building a stronger nation, her primary interests are: identifying barriers that reduce continuity of care and identifying policies, procedures and practices that weaken the implementation of the intent of CCDF Re-Authorization.

 

Jena Valle Smith
Quality Assurance Supervisor for Maryland’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, Maryland EXCELS

Expand to Read Bio

Jena is the Quality Assurance Supervisor for Maryland’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, Maryland EXCELS. In her role, Jena supervises the work of and develops resources for the 15 Quality Assurance Specialists who provide ongoing technical assistance and professional development to the more than 4,500 programs/providers participating in Maryland EXCELS. In addition, Jena is also a part of the Maryland EXCELS Leadership Team assisting with the development and implementation of policies and procedures, standards revision, and technical assistance system assessment and design.

Jena joined the Maryland State Department of Education 10 years ago as the Training Approval Coordinator for the Office of Child Care and has been in her current position since 2013. Prior to joining the Maryland State Department of Education Jena, was the Director for the Community Action Council Howard County Head Start. Jena is dedicated to increasing access to quality early childhood programs and developing a quality early childhood workforce to benefit the children and families in Maryland.



1:00pm

Bringing the Learnings Together: Questions and Discussion from Minnesota Audience


2:30pm

Break


2:45am

Learning from Rhode Island | Recommendation: Improve Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting on Children’s Program Participation and Outcomes

Play Audio (01:01:09):


Resources:

Suggested Pre-Reading:

Speaker:

Ellen Amore
KidsNet Manager, Rhode Island Dept. of Health

Expand to Read Bio

Ellen Amore has over 25 years of experience working in Maternal and Child Health at the Rhode Island Department of Health. Since 2007, has managed KIDSNET, Rhode Island’s integrated child health information system. This system contains children’s preventive healthcare information, such as newborn screening, developmental screening, immunizations and lead screening and early childhood program participation, such as family home visiting, WIC, Early Intervention, and Head Start. Information is shared through KIDSNET with authorized community partners that help ensure that eligible children receive services and enroll in public health programs for which they are eligible.

Prior to her role managing KIDSNET, Ellen managed Newborn Screening Programs including blood spot, newborn hearing, and newborn developmental risk assessment, as well as a newborn home visiting program. Ellen received a B.A. in Human Biology with a concentration in child development from Stanford University and an M.S. in Maternal and Child Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

 


3:45pm

Closing Remarks


4:00pm

Adjourn


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