The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD) leads the state’s initiatives to create an integrated system of quality, early learning and development programs to help give all Illinois children a strong educational foundation before they begin kindergarten.
Research shows that children with a solid educational foundation in their first five years are significantly more likely to be successful in school, college, career and life. Governor Quinn created the Office of Early Childhood Development in 2009 to focus the state’s efforts and maximize its investment in early learning programs. Quality, early childhood education is a cost-effective strategy to promote growth. Every dollar invested in early education saves $7 in special education, public assistance, corrections and lost taxes.
Theresa Hawley - Executive Director
Teresa Kelly - Project Director, Strong Foundations Partnership (MIECHVP)
Bryan Stokes, Preschool Expansion Policy Director
Audrey Moy - Manager of Compliance
Gail Nelson - QRIS Policy Director
Lesley Schwartz - Manager of Program Evaluation
Joanna Su - Community Systems and Capacity Building Manager
Christi Chadwick - Workforce Development Policy Director
Anna Colaner - Data and Outcomes Manager
Kate Ritter - Licensing and QRIS Integration Director
Brett Czekaj - Policy Analyst
Molly Daily - Dunn Fellow, Education & Early Childhood Policy
Ebony Hoskin - Office Coordinator