Join us for the third and final episode in the Fall 2022 series of our Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change webinar series!
Linda Smith, Director of the Bipartisan Policy Council’s (BPC) Early Childhood Development Initiative, will talk with BTC Executive Director Dr. Joshua Sparrow about what the midterm elections tell us about who is listening to the children, and their families, and what we can expect policymakers — on both sides of the aisle — will and won’t do on their behalf.
Smith most recently served as the deputy assistant secretary for early childhood development in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, she provided overall policy coordination for the Head Start and Early Head Start programs and the Child Care and Development Fund. She also served as the department’s liaison to the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies.
Previously, Smith served as the executive director for the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), where she represented more than 650 community-based agencies concerned with the care of children in their earliest years. Key components of NACCRRA’s advocacy efforts included strengthening child care licensing and oversight, requiring comprehensive background checks, and establishing minimum training requirements for all child care workers.
Smith served as a legislative fellow and professional staffer on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Prior to this work, she was the director of the Office of Family Policy for the Secretary of Defense, where she was one of the primary architects of the military’s child care program. Additionally, she has held positions with both the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force.
Smith began her career in early childhood education on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in her native state of Montana. She is a graduate of the University of Montana.
All Learning to Listen conversations are one-hour long and feature live Spanish translation, closed-captioning, and an interactive Q and A. Certificates of attendance are also available. Register today and join the conversation!