About the ECE Toolkit


The Early Care and Education (ECE) Toolkit for Employers was created in response to the goals set forth in the Call to Action for Early Care and Education issued by Montgomery Moving Forward (MMF).


The Call to Action envisions a coordinated, comprehensive ECE system that will support two important goals:

  1. Attracting and retaining a talented workforce of today by supporting families with young children.
  2. Ensuring the skilled workforce of tomorrow by addressing the growing opportunity gap.

ECE is a complicated issue that requires sustained cross-sector cooperation around a shared vision. This makes it an especially good fit for MMF’s Collective Impact approach, which is a way of working that allows an entire community to work toward a shared vision.


Bringing together community partners to create this Toolkit is just one of many ways MMF has responded to goals and objectives set forth in the Call to Action. Going forward, MMF remains deeply committed to serving in a convening and facilitating role around improving ECE in Montgomery County. To learn more, visit nonprofitmoco.org/mmf.




The ECE Toolkit represents a true public-private investment in our Early Care and Education system, and MMF thanks the following for their generous support of the Toolkit:

Maryland State Department of Education/Division of Early Childhood

Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation

Kaiser Permanente

Asbury Communities, Inc.

Annice Cody and Peter Braverman

The following provided information and models that helped inspire and shape the ECE Toolkit:


Special thanks to the following for their guidance and support:

Nelida Andres, Interim Program Director, Workforce Development & Continuing Education, Montgomery College
Barbara Andrews, Administrator, Early Childhood Services, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Service
Jennifer Arnaiz, Executive Director, Montgomery County Child Care Resource Center, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Jennifer Ashley, Executive Director, Alliance for Workplace Excellence
Marilyn Balcombe, President & CEO, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce
JoAnn Barnes, Chief, Children, Youth and Family Services, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Michelle Belski, Senior Center Director, Montgomery Child Care Association, Inc.
Mary Bennett, Consultant
Kevin Beverly, President & CEO, Social & Scientific Systems, Inc.
Josh Bokee, Director, Government & Regulatory Affairs, Beltway Region, Comcast
Rosalba Bonilla-Acosta, Director, CentroNia
Meredith Bowers, Program and Membership Director, Nonprofit Montgomery
Bob Buchanan, Principal Partner, Buchanan Partners
Jody Burghardt, Division Director, Family Services
Andy Burness, Founder and President, Burness
Maryrose Catena, Instructional Specialist, Montgomery County Public Schools
Annice Cody, President, Holy Cross Health Network, Holy Cross Health
Kelly Collins, Society for Human Resource Managers and (formerly) Director of Human Resources, Society for Human Resource Managers and (formerly) EveryMind
Jeff Conner-Naylor, Deputy Director, ReadyNation
Ed Cooper, Vice President, Total Wine & More
Rachel Demma, Program Director , Maryland State Department of Education
Stew Edelstein, Executive Director, Universities at Shady Grove
Sharon Friedman, Director, Montgomery Moving Forward
Michelle Gallipoli, Planning Specialist, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Jonathan Genn, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Percontee, Inc. & Global LifeSci Development Corporation
Gigi Godwin, President & CEO, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
Lily Goldstein, Vice President of Social Impact Investing, JBG Smith
Martine Gordon, Early Care and Education Program Officer, Washington Area Women's Foundation
Marji Graf, President & CEO, Rockville Chamber of Commerce
Michelle Green, Executive Director, Montgomery Child Care Association
Steve Greenfield, Dean of Business, Information Technology and Safety, Montgomery College
Stacey Hardy, VP of Operations, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
Kiesha Haughton, Managing Director, Women's Business Center
Allison Henderson, Vice President for Education Studies, Westat
Joanne Hurt, Executive Director, Wonders Learning & Extended Day
Ginanne Italiano, President & CEO, Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce
Brendan Johnson, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Adventist Health Care
Mike Knapp, CEO, SkillSmart, Inc
Liran Laor, Chair, Early Childhood Coordinating Council
Lesley MacDonald, Executive Director, Nonprofit Montgomery
Beth Myers, Director of Member Strength, SEIU Local 500
Manny Ocasio, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Asbury Communities, Inc.
Monica Ortiz, Policy Officer for Early Care and Education, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Linda Owen, Program Specialist, Child and Family Programs, National Institutes of Health
Myrna Peralta, President and CEO, CentroNia
Sonia Pruneda Hernandez, Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator , Montgomery College
Jane Redicker, President & CEO, Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce
Jorge Restrepo, President & CEO, EurekaFacts
Steve Robins, Managing Partner, Lerch, Early, Brewer
Steve Rohde, Executive Director, Maryland Family Network
Dusty Rood, President & CEO, Rodgers Consulting, Inc
Shannon Ryan, Consultant, Made with Relish
Steve Silverman, President, SSGovRelations
Jack Smith, Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools
Amy Southerland, Consultant, Wordhoney Communications
Tricia Swanson, VP Government Relations, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
Bill Tompkins, Chief Operating Officer, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
Jimmy Venza, Executive Director, Lourie Center
Verna Washington, Supervisor, Division of Title I and Early Childhood Programs and Services, Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs, Montgomery County Public Schools
Cliff White, Founding Partner, National Electronics Warranty Corp.
William Wiechmann, Vice President and Regional Counsel, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals / Health Plan