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You're invited: Creating better futures for Indiana's children
On March 2, the Indianapolis City-County Council approved an innovative partnership that will provide more than 1,000 Indianapolis three- and four-year olds with access to high-quality learning annually. United Way of Central Indiana will serve as the program's administrator. What does this really mean for the children of Indiana?
Please join us for Women United's first event of 2015 to be held on Thursday, April 16th (12 - 1:30 p.m.) at the Children's Bureau located at 1575 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. You will hear from and engage with a panel of passionate professionals about what our community is doing to create better futures for Indiana's children. Tickets are $10 for Women United members and $15 for non-members. Lunch is included with ticket purchase.
About our speakers
Melanie Brizzi Administrator, FSSA Bureau of Child Care
Melanie Brizzi has worked in the Early Care and Education field for 18 years as a provider, consultant and child care administrator. Melanie Brizzi has been with FSSA, first as a child care quality consultant for four years, leading the statewide implementation of Indiana’s QRIS, Paths to QUALITY and child care rule promulgation and legislative efforts. She has been the Director for the Indiana Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning since January, 2009. Prior to this, she owned and operated a Licensed Child Care Home for eight years.
Anne Gabbert Project Manager, Education Programs, United Way of Central Indiana
Anne Gabbert brings more than 30 years of experience working in the field of Early Childhood Education to her position as Early Childhood Project Manager with the United Way of Central Indiana. Anne holds a Bachelor’s degree in ECE from Butler University and has utilized her education and experience in the roles of classroom teacher, center director, grant writer, executive director, project assistant, and quality advisor. In addition, she worked on the 2007 Indiana Child Care Workforce Study and was one of the original Quality Advisors for the Paths to Quality program when it was rolled out in the state of Indiana in 2008. Most recently Anne worked for 5 years with community programs for children and families in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Karen Ruprecht Research Associate, Purdue University
Karen Ruprecht, PhD, is a Research Associate in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. She serves as the study coordinator for the Paths to QUALITY and On My Way Pre-K evaluations. In addition, she has worked with the United Way of Central Indiana in evaluating several of its child care quality improvement efforts. She also participates in several state and federal workgroups on child care quality issues. Her other research interests have focused on quality child care practices for infants and toddlers.