Susan Ochshorn, ECE PolicyWorks Founder

Susan Ochshorn
FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL
Policy curator, human capital nurturer, and social change addict

Why ECE Policy Matters

"The US has one of the most productive economies in the industrialized world. Yet it fails to excel on many of the dimensions Americans claim to prize most highly. Not surprisingly, American parents also turn out to be more dissatisfied, relative to their counterparts in other countries, with the time they have available for their families."
(Janet Gornick and Marcia Meyers, Families that Work


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IN THE MEDIA

A Memo to Susan Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Gates Foundation

A Memo to Susan Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Gates Foundation

Huffington Post—If all lives have equal value, then our most vulnerable kids must have access to the kind of education enjoyed by those with greater resources: teaching and learning that nurtures creativity and innovation ... Read Full Article →

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Policy Decisions Must Be 'Done With' Teachers, Not 'Done To' Them

Education Week Teacher—Early childhood teachers, many of them under-educated and living on the margins, need to claim their seat at the table—to "lean in," as Sheryl Sandberg urged America's women... Read Full Article →

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Are We Hurting Kids at School?

CNN.com—New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been crowing about his prekindergarten initiative, and rightly so. But one of his comments didn't sit right with me. The city was planning to use the Common Core curriculum with four-year-olds... Read Full Article →

IN THE FIELD

Whole Leadership: What's it Mean to You?

Over the past year, I've had the pleasure of talking about some of the big questions in ECE policy with Teri Talan, of the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership. In our final chat, we reflected on the concept of "whole leadership.” You can check out the full series here.

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A Whole-Child Approach to Education Reform in the 21st Century

Earlier this month, I was excited to return to NYC AEYC's Annual Conference. I talked about my favorite subject: putting the child at the center of education policy. Sounds oxymoronic, doesn't it? But we can't give up on the dream. We had a great conversation!

As one veteran preschool teacher wrote to me after we'd all dispersed: she hopes to see those who possess breadth and depth of practice and knowledge--individuals truly in the know--begin to rightfully occupy ECE policy making positions. Wow.

On to the national gathering this weekend: NAEYC's Professional Development Institute.

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