Kristen is the Associate Director for ZERO TO THREE’s Products and Innovations Division (PID).
As a key member of the PID Leadership Team, Kristen works to conceptualize, develop, implement, enhance, and expand ZERO TO THREE’s competency-based professional development products and services. A co-author of the ZERO TO THREE Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler EducatorsTM Course curriculum, Kristen leads pilot offerings from conception through delivery, including in-person and online courses, training-of-trainer events, and ZERO TO THREE Trainer Certification. Kristen also directs the implementation of all PID professional development products and services. She is a trusted expert that leads presentations at state, regional, national, and international conferences and meetings. Kristen also serves as a technical assistance provider, liaison, and program representative for division activities with internal and external partners and stakeholders, including notable national/international workgroups and advisory committees.
Kristen joined ZERO TO THREE in May 2016, after serving as an Early Childhood Education Specialist, under a federal Race to the Top - EC grant, at the RI Department of Education. Kristen holds a doctorate in early childhood, family and literacy studies and brings a wide range of additional professional experience focused on young children’s development. These experiences include positions as an early childhood special education teacher, child care center administrator, higher education faculty member, infant and early childhood consultant, and Early Head Start Infant Toddler training and technical assistance specialist. She has expertise in social-emotional development and disabilities, early care and education, and effective ECE professional development and systems that support practice change.