Prominent early childhood educator and one-time president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She was also one of two founders of the Alliance on Early Childhood Finance.
After earning an undergraduate degree in Astronomy from Wellesley College, she studied Early Childhood Education at both the Bank Street College of Education and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Her early childhood education and child care-themed articles include "A Proposal for Licensing Individuals who practice Early Care and Education" and "Using Tax Credits to Promote High Quality Early Care and Education Services."
She grew up in Hingham, Massachusetts, and later settled in Climax, New York, where she headed an early childhood research and policy organization. Her marriage began in 1982 and resulted in one daughter.
She and Elisabeth Irwin, born almost a century apart, both instituted important educational programs in the state of New York.