Rae Anderson is the Director, National Center for Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships, and has more than 32 years of experience in public social services.
Her range of experience includes providing direct services to children, youth and families as a social worker and Head Start home based teacher early in her career to serving as the state child care administrator for Kansas. For over 14 years, Rae served as the Region VII and X Child Care State Systems Specialist, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care, Technical Assistance Network, where she provided support to the states, in partnership with the ACF Regional Office, in the administration of the Child Care and Development Fund. She has supported collaborative cross-systems work, developed innovative, research-based solutions, and supported early childhood systems development at the state, regional and national level. Rae is a member of the 1996 Inaugural Class of National Head Start Fellows. In 2015, Rae was named Public Advocate of the Year by the College of Human Ecology, Kansas State University. She received a BS in Family Life and Human Development and Social Work (dual degree) from Kansas State University and a MSW with an emphasis in Social Service Administration from the University of Kansas.