Suzann Morris is a fellow with BPC’s Early Childhood Initiatve. She has more than a decade of leadership in policy, advocacy, and strategy on wide-ranging issues related to young children and their families, including child care, Early Intervention, public health, and two-generation policies. From 2016-2019, Morris served as the Deputy Secretary for the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), where she also served as a member of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission and co-chaired the Pennsylvania Early Learning Council. Her tenure included significant growth and modernization of Pennsylvania’s comprehensive early learning system with the implementation of Pennsylvania’s first combined quality and child care resource and referral system, increased investment in a credit-bearing professional development system, and a revision of one of the nation’s oldest quality rating and improvement systems.
Morris also served as the Director of External Relations for OCDEL and led strategic advocacy efforts at local and state levels for chapters of the Association for the Education of Young Children. Morris earned her Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Kentucky and Bachelor of Arts from the George Washington University.