1 Setting the stage for success with FCC
Setting the stage for success with FCC
In this session, teams will be introduced to the ECQA policy assessment tool. Teams will complete the tool and share results. Teams will discuss data they currently collect and how it is used in relation to FCC access and sustainability.
Kelly is the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) program manager with the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF). Prior to joining DCF in May 2015, she served as a paraprofessional with the Turner School District, where she worked with students with developmental delays. She also served as a Kansas State Legislator for four years (2010-2014) and was a member of the Education, Elections, Insurance, Government Efficiency, Health and Human Services and Children and Seniors (vice-chair) committees over her tenure. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Evangel University. She currently resides in Lenexa with her husband of 25 years. Kelly is a mother of four children, ages 25, 23, 21 and 18.
Amanda is a Senior Technical Assistance Specialist at ZERO TO THREE, where she focuses on state policies that impact infant and toddlers, including: early care and education, health and mental health, and family support services. Ms. Szekely provides technical assistance to decision-makers in targeted states and communities on their infant-toddler policy priorities, facilitates the work of state-level planning groups, and develops research-based resources for policymakers. In addition to carrying out foundation-funded projects at ZERO TO THREE, Ms. Szekely was recently part of the national resource team supporting federal Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) grantees in carrying out children’s mental health prevention and promotion strategies. Prior to joining ZERO TO THREE, Ms. Szekely worked at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, where she designed and carried out policy consultation projects to inform governors’ early childhood policy agendas. Ms. Szekely was also a Senior Program Associate at The Finance Project, where she consulted with states, communities, and nonprofits on strategies to finance and sustain services for children and families. Ms. Szekely has a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
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