Kelly Kreider is Senior Director for Great Start to Quality at the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC). In this role, Ms. Kreider works across Great Start to Quality projects leading a collaborative team focused on promoting innovative, high-quality, research-based early childhood practices and policies. She joined ECIC in 2012 as the Great Start to Quality Improvement Manager, leading the state-wide work of the Quality Improvement Consultants. She has received training in Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools – enhancing her practices and increasing her desire to provide the most productive opportunities possible for adult-learners. Following her time as Improvement Manager, she held the position of Great Start to Quality Systems Manager, guiding the development and daily operations of the online parent referral system and the online Quality Rating and Improvement System platform, the Great Start to Quality STARS platform as well as supporting data collection and reporting related to Great Start to Quality. And most recently, Ms. Kreider lead the implementation and project management of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant activities at ECIC as the Senior Early Childhood Specialist.
Ms. Kreider began her career in early childhood education as a Head Start teacher, sparking her interest in supporting children and families with high risks. From there she became a child care center director and family service advocate, supervising staff and daily operations of a Head Start and tuition-based child care center, as well as assisting families to identify and achieve goals and become involved in their children’s education. She later advanced to Head Start education manager, overseeing programming, classroom practices, and classroom staff training for Early Head Start, Early Head Start Home-Base, Head Start and tuition-based programs. During her time as an education manager, she championed a focus on developmentally appropriate practices and nurtured a passion for developmentally appropriate approaches to science and math for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Ms. Kreider subsequently worked for the Western Great Start to Quality Resource Center at Pathways, MI as a Quality Improvement Consultant, supporting child care programs and Family and Group Home providers in their work to improve quality of care.
Ms. Kreider serves on the Governing Board of the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) as President, formerly serving as Conference Volunteer Coordinator, Vice-President, Affiliate Representative, and Secretary.
Ms. Kreider earned her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Central Michigan University and her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Grand Valley State University. She is also a certified Strengthening Families trainer and CLASS observer.