*Planning Team

Danielle Johnson

Technical Assistance Specialist, National Alliance for Hispanic Families 

Prior to joining NAHF, Ms. Danielle Johnson spent many years providing case management services for Early Intervention programs in California and Virginia, Early Head Start, unaccompanied minors and individuals with intellectual delays. Throughout her career, Danielle has worked closely with parents, Early Childhood Care providers, public school systems, and with professional health care systems, including public and private insurance companies. daniellefuentesjohnson@gmail.com

Michele Adams
Michele Adams is a senior technical assistance specialist with NCECQA.  She has 30 years’ experience in child care regulation with the state of Texas.  She held a wide variety of positions including licensing inspector, investigator, manager, policy director and assistant commissioner.  Michele lead the development of minimum standards for Texas child care, authored and delivered training to licensing inspectors, supervisors and child care providers, and was project manager for the development of the weighted enforcement system.  She served on the states’ Early Learning Council, Early Childhood Professional Development System Advisory Council, Texas Rising Star QRIS advisory council, and was recognized as playground safety advocate of the year by the University of Northern Iowa’s National Program for Playground Safety. michele.adams@icfi.com

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



Amy Thomas

Amy Thomas is the Resource Development Manager for the National Center on Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships (NCEHS-CCP) where she oversees the knowledge management/resource development team to develop and organize a comprehensive body of knowledge related to EHS-CC partnerships and provide resources and materials to EHS-CC partnership stakeholders.  Prior to this work she was a Senior Writer/Training Specialist with the Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHS NRC) where she developed print and media resources to support the Early Head Start Family Child Care program option, conduct training at state, regional, and national conferences, and serve as content specialist lead for Family Child Care; Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care, and Child Care-specific issues. Amy’s past work includes teacher and program manager for Frederick County Head Start, professional development network trainer for Teaching Strategies, Inc., T/TA Director for the Maryland State Family Child Care Association (MSFCCA), Senior Training Specialist for Maryland Committee for Children, adjunct faculty at Frederick Community College, NAFCC accredited family child care provider, and NAFCC Accreditation Observer and Observer Trainer.  Amy holds a B.M. degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, an A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood Development from Frederick Community College, and a M.S. degree in Early Childhood Education.

Darlene Hamilton

Darlene Hamilton is the Technical Assistance Manager for the National Center on Early Childhood  Quality Assurance. Prior to working on this project, Mrs. Hamilton worked as a TA Specialist for the Child Care Quality Improvement Center, the Child Care State Systems Specialist Network and the National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC). She has held a variety of positions in PA in both direct service and management. In these roles she has been responsible for developing and managing subsidized child care systems, family child care programs, statewide professional development and technical assistance systems, corporate contracts on work/family issues, school-age professional development programs, statewide needs assessments, data management systems, infant/toddler mental health initiative, and PA’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. Mrs. Hamilton has served on various committees and boards at the local, state and national level. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Masters in Business Administration. darlene.hamilton@icfi.com