Anne W. Mitchell is the President of Early Childhood Policy Research, an independent consulting firm specializing in evaluation, policy analysis and planning on child care/early education issues with government, foundations and national nonprofit organizations. She 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 directed the first national study of state-funded prekindergarten programs. She began her career directing child care centers in Massachusetts and Vermont. Anne has conducted national studies of state and local prekindergarten policy, Quality Rating and Improvement Systems and early care and education finance; and has written widely on child care and early education policy and practice.
She has an undergraduate degree in astronomy from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in education leadership from Bank Street. Anne served 18 years as an elected member of the Greenville (NY) Board of Education, currently serves as treasurer of the Greenville Educational Foundation, and served five years on the New York State Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching. She has received leadership awards from the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children, the Bank Street College Alumni Association, Scholastic, Inc., National Louis University, the New York State Child Care Coordinating Council and the New York State and National Associations for Family Child Care. Anne is proud to be a Past President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She lives in Greene County near Albany, NY.
Louise Stoney is an independent consultant specializing in early care and education finance and policy and co-founder of both the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance and Opportunities Exchange. Louise has worked with state and local governments, foundations, national policy organizations, early care and education (ECE) providers, industry intermediaries and child advocacy groups in more than 40 states and cities. In addition to leading the national Shared Services movement, Louise is currently using cost-modeling techniques to inform ECE finance, establish effective Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) implementation and craft innovative ECE policy. Louise writes occasionally for Exchange magazine, including: The Iron Triangle: A Simple Formula for ECE Finance (March/April 2013 issue), First You Have to Pay the Bills: Training and Technical Assistance Focused on the Business Side of ECE (September/October 2012) and Shared Services: A Powerful Strategy to Support Sustainability of ECE Businesses (for the September 2009 issue.) Additional publications, among many, include: Early Care & Education Compensation and Policy Options for Louisiana; Using Tax Credits to Help Finance ECE; Sound Business Management as a Key Ingredient of ECE; and, Shared Services: A New Business Model to Support Scale and Sustainability in Early Care and Education (for the Kellogg Foundation); Shared Services: Strengthening Early Care and Education (for Communities & Banking, a publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston); Financing Child Care in The United States: An Expanded Catalog of Current Strategies, (for the Pew Charitable Trusts); Smarter Reform: Moving Beyond Single Program Solutions to an Early Care and Education System; and, Financing Early Childhood Care and Education Systems: A Standards-Based Approach (for Rice University). Copies of Louise’s publications are available from www.earlychildhoodfinance.org or www.opportunities-exchange.org.