Anne 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. 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 co-directed the first national study of public schools as providers of programs for children under six. Anne co-founded (with Louise Stoney) the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance, a learning community on finance reform and system-building for early care and education.
Anne has conducted nationwide studies of state and local prekindergarten policy and early care and education finance. She has written widely on child care and early education policy and practice including Early Childhood Programs and the Public Schools: Between Promise and Practice; and Explorations with Young Children: A Curriculum Guide from Bank Street College of Education. She co-authored the 1997 and 2001 editions of Financing Child Care in the United States: Catalog of Current Strategies. Recent reports include: Education for all Young Children: The Role of States and the Federal Government in Promoting Prekindergarten and Kindergarten, a Foundation for Child Development Working Paper; The Price of School Readiness: A Tool for Estimating the Cost of Universal Preschool in the States; Success Stories: State Investment in Early Care and Education in Illinois, North Carolina and Rhode Island; Stair Steps to Quality: A Guide for State and Communities Developing Quality Rating Systems for Early Care and Education; and Using Tax Credits to Promote High Quality Early Care and Education Services: An Idea Paper Submitted to the Partnership for America’s Economic Success. Anne’s most recent work is an online tool for estimating the cost of a Quality Rating and Improvement System.
Anne began her early childhood career thirty-five years ago as the teacher-director of a child care center in a low-income housing development in Cambridge, MA. She received her B.S. degree (1972) in astronomy from Wellesley College, her M.S. degree (1988) in early childhood education leadership from Bank Street College of Education and an honorary certificate in Early Childhood Leadership Development (1995) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is married and the mother of a daughter who has experienced many forms of nurturing education throughout her life. Anne is serving her fifth 3-year term as an elected member of the Greenville (NY) Board of Education, has served as its president and is now vice president. She completed five years on the State Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching appointed by the New York State Board of Regents, and is a Past-President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. In 2003, Anne received the Champion for Children award from the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children. In 2005, Anne received the Bank Street College Alumni Association Recognition Award and the Early Childhood Achievement Award from Scholastic, Inc. In 2007, she received the Visionary Award from the National Louis University’s McCormick Tribune Center for Early Childhood Leadership. Anne received the 2008 Excellence in Leadership award from the New York State Child Care Coordinating Council. In 2009, Anne received the President’s Award from the National Association for Family Child Care and in 2010 the Friend of Family Child Care Award from the New York State Association for Family Child Care.
Louise Stoney is an independent consultant specializing in early care and education policy, co-founder of the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance and a principal investigator of the Linking Economic Development and Child Care project. She has worked in public policy for more than thirty 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. Louise works with state and local governments, national policy organizations, child advocacy groups, and foundations. Her client list includes administrators, advocates, academics and foundations in over 35 states, seven cities (including New York, San Francisco, Miami and the District of Columbia) and the Cherokee Nation. She has worked for more than 23 national organizations including groups such as the National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association, the United Way, Cornell University, the Committee for Economic Development, the American Enterprise Institute, and Smart Start’s National Technical Assistance Center. Through her work with Anne Mitchell on the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance, she has spearheaded a national conversation on early childhood finance reform.
Louise has written extensively. With Anne Mitchell, she co-authored Financing Child Care in The United States: An Expanded Catalog of Current Strategies for the Kauffman and Pew Foundations; Smarter Reform: Moving Beyond Single Program Solutions to an Early Care and Education System for the Journal of Community Development Society; Tax Credits to Promote High Quality Early Care and Education Services for the Partnership for America’s Economic Success; Financing Early Childhood Care and Education Systems: A Standards-Based Approach for a book published by Rice University, and several reports on financing child care quality rating systems, including a 2009 issue brief Maximizing Resources from the Stimulus Package: Strategies for Funding Quality Rating and Improvement Systems. Most recently, Louise served as a guest blogger for the New America Foundation’s Early Ed Watch, and authored several articles and reports on shared services in early care and education, including the cover story for the September, 2009 issue of Child Care Information Exchange and a new policy report entitled Shared Services: A New Business Model to Support Scale and Sustainability in Early Care and Education.
Louise has consulted with many large and small foundations. She is currently working with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the David and Laura Merage Foundation, the William Penn Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to develop and test new administrative models and shared platforms for the early care and education industry. In partnership with John Weiser, she co-founded Opportunities Exchange to support this work.
Louise recently relocated from upstate New York to Lake Worth, Florida.