Caitlin has worked in early childhood policy and systems building for nearly 20 years, initially working in a Head Start and a small child care center. Her experience working with young children and families, both locally and internationally, led her to pursue her master’s in social work with an emphasis on policy & advocacy at the University of Washington. She completed her Maternal and Child Health Leadership fellowship through the UW School of Medicine/Seattle Children’s Hospital in 2010, and holds a certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Social Sector through Babson College, and a certificate in P-3 Leadership through the University of Colorado Denver.
Her professional aspirations have led her to purposeful policy and governmental relations work in both Montana and Washington state, leading complex early childhood systems initiatives with Early Head Start/Head Start, child care, K-12, higher education, employers, parents, as well as state, federal and tribal government leadership. She is passionate about working with community leaders and policy makers alike to address systemic issues in the field of early childhood.
Working with the team at Zero to Five Montana to support early childhood systems-building work through policy and advocacy, as well as programmatic efforts such at Montana Child Care Business Connect, is an incredibly rewarding experience and she looks forward to making more connections with partners across our great state. Please connect with Caitlin if you would like to learn more about the work of the organization.
Caitlin lives in Helena and enjoys spending time outside with her husband and 2-year-old son.