*Planning Team

Jeanna Capito

Jeanna Capito is a graduate of Erikson Institute, with a Masters Degree in Child Development and Infancy Studies. Capito’s work experience includes management of child care programming, Early Head Start, Head Start, Healthy Steps, Healthy Families and Department of Children and Family Services programming. Capito’s background includes the creation of community-based collaboration through social services agencies, education systems, home visiting services, public health programming and healthcare systems. Capito currently consults in areas including management support, professional development initiatives, quality infant and toddler programming and technical assistance, collaboration building, and quality rating systems components. Capito is a co-chair at the Committee level within the Illinois Early Learning Council, guiding the work of cross system committees to produce numerous recommendations focused on increasing quality, access and coordination across state systems. As the founding Executive Director of a county-wide early childhood collaborative system, Capito did local systems building work, including developing and serving on the governing board of the first suburban Educare school.  jeannacapito@gmail.com


Carey McCann

Carey McCann is the assistant director of state services for the BUILD Initiative. She supports state leaders to design and develop effective early childhood systems, set policy that guides implementation of services, and advocate for children birth to age five. Carey came to BUILD from more than 12 years at the Ounce of Prevention Fund, where she served as senior manager for the National Policy Team and led its consultation practice and peer learning with 18 states on early childhood policy and advocacy strategies.

Prior to her national work, Carey coordinated the Ounce’s Birth to Five Project, a statewide effort to identify system gaps and barriers, develop solutions, and link the many efforts that were already underway for children birth to five in Illinois. Carey developed expertise in social-emotional development and early childhood mental health policy. She advanced the mental health consultation model developed by the Early Childhood Committee of the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership, and managed implementation of the Assuring Better Child Health and Development Initiative with the Illinois Medicaid agency, which focused on primary health care’s role in developmental, social-emotional, and maternal depression screening. 

Carey started her career with six years in child welfare in Rochester, New York. She is a board member of the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health. Carey has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester, and a M.A. from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration with a concentration in policy and non-profit management, and a family support fellowship. Cmccann@buildinitiative.org


Char Goodreau
Char Goodreau is a Senior Technical Assistance Specialist for the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance. Ms. Goodreau has over 20 years’ experience in early childhood education including direct classroom experience, cross sector education programming, training and technical assistance and program administration.  Prior to joining NCECQA, Ms. Goodreau served as the QRIS Administrator for the Washington State Department of Early Learning.  In that role she was responsible for all aspects of statewide implementation including leading the development of all program policies and procedures, developing strategies for targeted outreach and implementation to diverse communities and leading cross-sector alignment and integration efforts.  Ms. Goodreau also served as the state Professional Development Manager, assisting with the development of recommendations for integrated system of professional development for early care and education professionals and subsequent implementation of recommendations specific to QRIS.  Char.Goodreau@icfi.com
Laura Johns

Laura J. Johns, Ph.D., is a Senior Technical Assistance Specialist for the National Center on Early Child Care Quality Assurance (NCECQA). NCECQA activities, expertise, and resources support the development and enhancement of innovative, research-based solutions and systems that promote progress toward OCC, state, and territory CCDF Plan goals to produce the best possible outcomes for children. This work includes research analysis, information dissemination, expert review, conference presentations, and on-site technical assistance. 
Previous to her role on the NCECQATeam, Laura was the Early Education Empowerment Zone (E3Z) System Architect and the Quality Initiatives Director at the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). While at DECAL, Laura oversaw the development of the Georgia Program for Infant and Toddler Care and was the lead architect of Quality Rated, Georgia’s tiered quality rating and improvement system. 
In addition to her vast education systems experience, Laura is currently an adjunct instructor at Georgia State University and has also worked as Director of Education for an early care and education franchise system, a multi-site operations director, and a center director and teacher. 
Dr. Johns earned her Undergraduate degrees from San Diego State University. She received her doctorate degree from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio.