Shannon Rudisill is Director of the Office of Child Care (OCC, formerly the Child Care Bureau [CCB]), where she has focused on raising the bar on quality in child care across the country, particularly for low-income children. From 2000 to 2007, Rudisill served as director of the Division of Technical Assistance at the CCB. As TA Director, she initiated new projects in the areas of infant and toddler care, the social and emotional development of young children, and school readiness. In addition, she built bridges between these early childhood programs and programs at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to that, she was Special Assistant to ACF Assistant Secretary Olivia Golden and worked extensively on the Clinton Administration’s child care initiative.
During her tenure as OCC director, Rudisill has promoted child care policies and practices that are child-focused, family-friendly and fair to providers. Her accomplishments include putting forward a reform agenda for reauthorization, overhauling the state, territory and tribal child care planning process, and restructuring the OCC TA network. This work has resulted in a CCDF program concentrated on improving health and safety in child care programs, strong professional development and workforce initiatives, quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) that set standards of excellence for child care providers, and a subsidy system that balances the importance of program integrity with child care access for vulnerable families. Rudisill also works closely with the Department of Education to build a high-quality, integrated early learning system through the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge.
She is a graduate of Duke University and has a Master of social work degree from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.