Early Care and Education Crisis Work Group | Monday, October 28, 2019


A broad group of organizations will come together to address crises impacting young children.

Monday, October 28, 2019 8:30am – 4pm

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
90 Hennepin Ave,
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Lunch will be provided.

 


Agenda

Click here to download a printable agenda (PDF).

 

8:30am

Networking Breakfast

9:00am

Welcome

9:15am

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

Washington State: Efforts to achieve a 90% statewide school readiness rate, and to eliminate race and income as predictors of school readiness.

Suggested Pre-Reading:

Allison Krustinger Early Learning Policy Director, Children’s Alliance

Expand to Read Bio

Allison brings a unique blend of policy and early learning experience to her position at Children’s Alliance. She began her career in Olympia in 2007 as a legislative aide working on early learning and child welfare policy under the leadership of Representative Ruth Kagi. She completed her graduate studies in Infant and Family Practice in 2011 at Arizona State University and then worked as a coach, manager, and system leader in Arizona and Washington state, improving access to high-quality early learning.

In her role as Early Learning Policy Director, she brings her deep knowledge of the benefits of quality early learning and her passion to ensure that children furthest from opportunity can succeed in school and in life. Allison grew up in Vancouver, Washington. She and her husband have one young son.

 

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.


Additional speakers to be announced.

11:30am

Break – Pick-up lunch

12:00pm

Recommendation: Continuously Improve Parent Aware Standards

Minnesota: The Parent Aware Ratings in context, how did we get here and where could we go?

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.

 

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.

 

 

1:00pm

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

Minnesota: Partnering to boost the supply of high-quality early care and education providers.

Rob Grunewald Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Expand to Read Bio

Rob Grunewald 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.

 

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.

2:00pm

Break

2:15pm

Recommendation: Improve Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting on Children’s Program Participation and Outcomes.

Rhode Island: KidsNet

Suggested Pre-Reading:

 
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


A broad group of organizations will come together to address crises impacting young children.

Monday, October 28, 2019 8:30am – 4pm

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
90 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Lunch will be provided.

 


Agenda

Click here to download a printable agenda (PDF).

 

8:30am

Networking Breakfast

9:00am

Welcome

9:15am

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

Washington State: Efforts to achieve a 90% statewide school readiness rate, and to eliminate race and income as predictors of school readiness.

Suggested Pre-Reading:

Allison Krustinger Early Learning Policy Director, Children’s Alliance

Expand to Read Bio

Allison brings a unique blend of policy and early learning experience to her position at Children’s Alliance. She began her career in Olympia in 2007 as a legislative aide working on early learning and child welfare policy under the leadership of Representative Ruth Kagi. She completed her graduate studies in Infant and Family Practice in 2011 at Arizona State University and then worked as a coach, manager, and system leader in Arizona and Washington state, improving access to high-quality early learning.

In her role as Early Learning Policy Director, she brings her deep knowledge of the benefits of quality early learning and her passion to ensure that children furthest from opportunity can succeed in school and in life. Allison grew up in Vancouver, Washington. She and her husband have one young son.

 

 

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.


Additional speakers to be announced.

11:30am

Break – Pick-up lunch

12:00pm

Recommendation: Continuously Improve Parent Aware Standards

Minnesota: The Parent Aware Ratings in context, how did we get here and where could we go?

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

1:00pm

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

Minnesota: Partnering to boost the supply of high-quality early care and education providers.

Rob Grunewald Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Expand to Read Bio

Rob Grunewald 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.

 

 

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.

2:00pm

Break

2:15pm

Recommendation: Improve Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting on Children’s Program Participation and Outcomes.

Rhode Island: KidsNet

Suggested Pre-Reading:

 
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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