Meeting Archive:
Overcoming Challenges and Improving Quality in your 2016 CCDF Plan

Meeting Description:
     The BUILD Initiative invites you to a webinar on Tuesday, December 15th, from 4 to 5:30 pm (ET) to learn how state leaders are leveraging new opportunities through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) to drive quality through their child care assistance programs. There will be a special focus on meeting family and child needs as we discuss issues such as driving quality through rate setting, family child care, and other important topics. 
     Click on the link below to register for this important webinar.
Date: Tue, Dec 15, 2015
Time: 04:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Gerry Cobb, BUILD Initiative
 Presenter Information
Heather Moss
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Heather Moss is the Deputy Director of the Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL) and provides day-to-day operational oversight for the agency.  This includes direct leadership over human resources, fiscal services, information technology, and government relations and communications.  Prior to joining DEL in 2014, Heather was Deputy Director at Child Care Aware of Washington for four years, where she helped lead the successful statewide roll-out of Early Achievers, Washington’s Quality Rating and Improvement System.

Jennifer Johnson
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Jennifer Johnson is the Assistant Director of Programs and Educational Services at the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE). Jennifer has direct oversight of the Subsidized Child Care program, NC Pre-K program, workforce licensure unit and all quality funded activities including Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge. Prior to working at DCDEE she taught in the community college system & in public and private schools across North Carolina.

Linda Anderson
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Linda Hassan Anderson is Vice President of Education for Knowledge Universe with responsibility for leading curriculum development and implementation, teacher preparation and assessment efforts for all early care and education brands under Knowledge Universe.  For almost 40 years Linda’s work in early childhood education has spanned direct service, program administration, program design and public policy advocacy.  

Kenley Branscome
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Kenley Bransome is a consultant with ICF International who specializes in working with public sector agencies and advocacy organizations at the state and national level to manage strategic, data-driven research and analysis projects. He has directed or conducted numerous child care-related studies at the state level and led initiatives to integrate state-level early childhood data systems across multiple programs and funding streams. He is also a member of the technical assistance team that supports states in the RTT-ELC and also a member of the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center.

Louise Stoney
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Louise Stoney is an independent consultant specializing in early care and education finance and policy, and Co-Founder of both Opportunities Exchange and the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance.  Louise has worked with more than 40 states and cities helping state policymakers and early care and education leaders model program costs, revise subsidy policy and rate-setting strategies, re-visit QRIS standards and procedures, craft new approaches to contracting and voucher management, and more. 

Pilar Torres-Siclait
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Pilar Torres-Siclait is President of Fathum: Learning Solutions, a company dedicated to closing the achievement gap of low-income underserved communities.  She has twenty-five years of experience in education and human services program design and implementation. Pilar founded and led a community-based nonprofit that recruited and trained a network of over 100 Latina family childcare providers, and operated a childcare center that served as a best practices lab for dual-language learners.  She also advocated for policy changes that expanded high-quality early care and education options for low-income Latino children. She has served on several state/national boards including the National Association for Family Child Care and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. 

Miriam Calderon
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Miriam Calderon currently serves as senior advisor for early learning to the Bainum Family Foundation, and partners with the BUILD initiative projects related to dual language learners. She has worked previously as an advisor on early learning policy at the Domestic Policy Council and the Department of Health and Human Services under the Obama Administration, Associate Director of Education Policy at the National Council of La Raza, and Director of Early Childhood Education at DC Public Schools, overseeing both Head Start and prekindergarten programs.