Anne Mitchell

Anne Mitchell is the president of Early Childhood Policy Research, an independent consulting firm in upstate New York specializing in evaluation, policy analysis and planning on early care and education.  Anne, with Louise Stoney, co-founded the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance.  Previously she was Associate Dean of the Research Division at Bank Street College of Education in New York City, where she founded Bank Street’s graduate program in Early Childhood Leadership and codirected the first national study of public schools as providers of programs for children under six. Anne cofounded the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance, a learning community on finance reform and system-building for early care and education. She has conducted nationwide studies of state and local prekindergarten policy and early care and education finance and has written widely on child care and early education policy and practice. Her most recent publication is an online tool for estimating the cost of a Quality Rating and Improvement System.

Louise Stoney

Louise Stoney is an independent consultant specializing in early care and education policy and co-founder of the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance and Opportunities Exchange. She has worked in public policy for more than 30 years, including positions as a staff member in the New York State Legislature, policy director for a state child care resource and referral network, and instructor for the Center for Women in Government at the State University of New York at Albany. She has consulted with more than 35 states and many large cities. Through her work with Anne Mitchell on the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance, she has spearheaded a national conversation on early childhood finance reform. And with Opportunities Exchange she helps lead a national movement focused on Shared Services—crafting new administrative models and shared platforms aimed at helping the early care and education industry provide sustainable, high-quality services.