Deputy Assistant Secretary Smith travels to Washington State

Deputy Assistant Secretary Smith travels to Washington State

ACF Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development, Linda K. Smith, will present the keynote address at the Child Care Aware of WA Conference on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

Linda previously served as the executive director for the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) now known as Child Care Aware (CCA), where she represented more than 650 community-based agencies concerned with the care of children in their earliest years. Elizabeth Bonbright, Executive Director of Child Care Aware of WA is thrilled to have the opportunity to have Linda speak on Thursday. 

“We are just thrilled to have Linda Smith come and share her wisdom. I’ve had the pleasure to work with Linda for many years on early childhood development efforts and I admire her skill and intelligence. Her visit here is a gift to Washington State, and I am so pleased she is delivering the keynote at our Child Care Aware of WA conference. She has been an important supporter of our efforts, and is a national leader in early childhood care and education.”

The Office of Early Childhood Development provides overall policy coordination for the Head Start and Early Head Start Program and the Child Care and Development Fund, as well as serving as the liaison with the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies.  It serves as a focal point for early childhood policy at the federal level.  Linda will discuss the department’s vision for early learning, federal policy direction and short and long term initiatives. She will talk about the President’s Early Learning Initiative highlighting how the components of this plan will grow the supply of effective early learning opportunities for young children.   

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