Mimi Howard is an advisor for strategy and systems at School Readiness Consulting. She advises our partners in school districts, municipalities, states, foundations and nonprofit organizations on developing strategies and building systems to support children birth through eight years old. She researches and authors reports on emerging early learning issues including Pre-K to Grade Three policy and practice, kindergarten transitions, family engagement, early childhood education workforce development, and serving special populations including dual language learners and children with special needs. Having started her career as a Head Start teacher, Mimi has worked both nationally and internationally, at the state, community and school levels, and has focused broadly on issues of both early education policy and practice. Her past positions include: National Head Start Fellow; Director, Early Learning Program, Education Commission of the States; Senior ECE Policy Analyst, University of Colorado; Consultant to the International Step by Step Association; Director, Colorado Parents as First Teachers, Office of Governor Roy Romer; Co-Director, Early Childhood Laboratory, Colorado State University. Mimi holds an M.S. degree in Early Childhood Development from Colorado State University and a B.A. degree from the University of Colorado.