Washington, D.C. – The Bipartisan Policy Center announced today that Suzann Morris, former Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), is joining the Early Childhood project as a fellow. Morris will draw on her experience to work with BPC’s early childhood experts as they analyze and make recommendations about increasing access to quality, affordable child care.
In her previous role, Morris spearheaded the modernization of Pennsylvania’s early childhood education system, including Pennsylvania’s first combined quality and child care resource and referral network, investment in a credit-bearing professional development system for educators, and an overhaul of the state’s quality rating and improvement system.
“We are thrilled to welcome Suzann to the early childhood team at BPC,” said Linda Smith, director of BPC’s Early Childhood Initiative. “Her proven track record of advocacy for young children and leadership in the early childhood field will bring incredible value to BPC.”
Prior to OCDEL, Morris led local and state advocacy initiatives for chapters of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, an organization that works to provide high-quality care and education for children across the country. Before coming to BPC, Morris served as a member of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission and as co-chair of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Council.
“I am looking forward to beginning a new chapter and continuing to work on behalf of children and families here at BPC,” said Morris. “The issues facing children and those caring for them require realistic, bipartisan solutions, and I am excited to join this team to deliver those policies.”