Janie Huddleston is the Director of the Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams at ZERO TO THREE.
Janie Huddleston is responsible for the development and management of the national demonstration project funded through the Children’s Bureau. There are currently 12 sites participating in this project across 6 states including Florida, Hawaii, Mississippi, Iowa, North Carolina and Connecticut. The purpose of this project is to support implementation and build knowledge of effective, collaborative court team interventions that transform child welfare systems for infants, toddlers and families. In her previous position as Deputy Director for the Arkansas Department of Human Services Janie worked across ten divisions including Children and Family Services, Behavioral Health, Medicaid and Early Education to build collaborative problem solving teams to address the issues facing young children and their families. At the Governor’s request she served as the Director of Children and Family Services in 2008 when the system was in crisis and began the child welfare system reform. She also was the Director of the Division of Child Care and Early Education for six years prior to stepping into the Deputy Director role. Her unique background in healthcare administration, social service delivery, education, business and management really support the work she is leading now. Throughout her professional career, Mrs. Huddleston has always advocated for services to support the healthy development of infants and toddlers and was very excited to be able to pursue that advocacy on a full time basis upon joining the team at ZERO TO THREE!! She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Henderson University in Arkansas and her Master’s Degree from the University of Arkansas.