Special thank you to the W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation for providing project fundingfor the Speakers' Bureau.

The Speakers' Bureau aims to represent the demographics of the early childhood education field in Massachusetts, and fill a systemic gap in our state, of having well-prepared and trained voices from the field to speak up and speak out on behalf of the field. The inaugural cohort of the Speakers' Bureau launched in 2021 and was a 7–week advocacy experience for 15 early educators, held between May and June 2021.

After completing the skill-building series, participants will be better prepared for any advocacy opportunities and public-speaking engagements they come across in their careers.


  • Ana Rivas, FCC owner/educator (Clarendon Early Education Services)
  • Christine Little, FCC owner/educator
  • Danielle Scanlon, Assistant Director, YWCA of Central MA
  • Darmery Montoya, FCC owner/educator (Acre Family Child Care)
  • Dottie Williams, FCC owner/educator (Child Development and Education)
  • Emmett Prescott, Site Director, MetroWest YMCA
  • Gloria Valentin-Denson, FCC owner/educator
  • Heidi Bailey, Teacher, Buckingham, Browne and Nichols
  • Kate Murphy, Teacher, The Family Cooperative
  • Kristen Benevides, Teacher, Citizens for Citizens Head Start
  • Lilly Zing, FCC owner/educator (Clarendon Early Education Services)
  • Luisa Palladino, Director, YWCA of Central MA
  • Maria Otano, FCC owner/educator (Neighborhood Development Corp of Jamaica Plain)
  • Marybeth Brown, Seven Hills Foundation (CCR&R)
  • Vanessa Pashkoff, Teacher, Williston Northampton Children’s Center

Featured guest speakers:

  • Donna Denette, Executive Director of Children First
  • Jeri Robinson, Retired VP of Early Education Initiatives at Boston Children's Museum and Chair of the School Committee at Boston Public School
  • Maria Moeller, Chief Executive Officer at The Community Group in Lawrence
  • Nikki Burnett, Executive Director of Educare in Springfield
  • Alyssa Haywoode, Freelance Writer, Blogger at Strategies for Children and former Editorial Writer for the Boston Globe
  • Representative Andres (Andy) Vargas, 3rd Essex MA Legislature
  • Sarah Mills, Legislative Aide for Rep. Jay Livingstone, 8th Suffolk and former early educator
  • Kathleen McNerney, WBUR

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