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June 8, 2012 > Kidango hires new Director of Education

Kidango hires new Director of Education

Submitted By Marc Baker, Photo by Kathleen Nguyen

Kidango is excited to announce that Dr. Rebecca Hawley Pruitt has accepted the of Director of Education position at Kidango.

As Director of Education, Pruitt will work closely with Kidango's Regional Director Team to provide support and leadership to all Kidango early education centers to ensure developmentally appropriate learning environments and experiences that meet the needs of a diverse population of children and families. With the Regional Director team, she will set a vision and goals to provide high quality program services in the care and early education of children and support for families.

Pruitt has worked in the fields of Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Family Support Services, and Head Start/Early Head Start programming for over 15 years. She has acted in the role of Developmental Pre-K Master Teacher, Early Childhood Program Director, Early Head Start/Head Start Program Supervisor, and Early Intervention Program Manager for Non-Profit, State, and Federal programs serving the Bay Area Community at large. Previously, Pruitt oversaw Kidango's Early Intervention Program working closely with local Regional Centers and local School Districts throughout Alameda and Santa Clara Counties in support of families with children between the ages of 0-3 years with identified special needs and learning differences.

Pruitt's research and direct practice in the fields of Early Childhood Education, Development, Early Intervention, and Special Education has primarily focused on historically underserved racial, ethnic, linguistic, and lower socioeconomic populations in regards to issues of equitable access to quality early childhood development/education and family support programs.

Additionally, Pruitt has over 12 years of experience with Early Childhood Environmental Assessment and direct Developmental Therapeutic based intervention work. She has provided services to children between the ages of 0-5 years, their parents, and extended family members in center-based, home-based, and community early learning and intervention settings.

Pruitt currently works in collaboration with Mills College, Oakland and is an acting Graduate School of Education Instructor and Graduate Student Field Placement supervisor for students in completion of their MA's (Master of Arts) with a focus on Early Childhood Education, Development, Early Childhood Special Education, and Infant/Toddler Mental health.

Pruitt received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Pitzer College, Claremont, and a Masters in Child Development with a focus on Early Intervention and Special Education from Mills College in Oakland, as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership/Early Childhood Education and Development, also from Mills College, Oakland.

Her extensive experience in child development and strong educational background will help ensure Kidango's early education programs continue to meet the high quality standards that they are known for.

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