Early Childhood Policy Summit Speakers

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Judy Reidt-Parker

Judy Reidt-Parker | Assistant Director, National Policy Team, The Ounce of Prevention Fund

Morning keynote speaker: 9:30 a.m.—10:00 a.m.

Judy Reidt-Parker obtained her Master’s in Leadership and Policy from Wheelock College while working as a program manager for a local Head Start grantee. When she became the Director of Child & Family Services at that agency, she oversaw the home visiting and center based programming for over 300 children in Early Head Start and Head Start, as well as child care services for 180 children 6 weeks to 8 years old. From 2007—2012, Judy was a consultant and policy analyst for the Maine Children’s Alliance. Her primary focus in policy advocacy has been increasing access to quality programming for low income families. Much of her direct advocacy work has focused on bringing diverse and at times competing views together to form successful coalitions. Judy was a member of the Maine Educare Leadership Committee, helping establish the first Educare school in the Northeast.


Matt Gillard

Matt Gillard | President/CEO of Michigan's Children

Plenary speaker: 12:35 p.m.—1:15 p.m.

A strategic leader with extensive experience in high level negotiation and policy development, Matt Gillard is dedicated to supporting implementation of relevant and innovative public policy. As former State Representative for the 106th District, Matt served six years in the Michigan House of Representatives, concluding his service in 2008 due to term limits. Formerly an attorney from Alpena, Matt graduated from Albion College with a B.A. in Political Science, from Wayne State University Law School, and is a member of the Michigan State Bar. Matt also built a successful advocacy and consulting business, providing guidance to various organizations, constituencies, and decision-makers relative to education policy issues. He now currently serves as the President/CEO of Michigan's Children, a statewide advocacy organization.

Carolyn Joy Dayton

Carolyn Joy Dayton | Wayne State School of Social Work and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute

Closing remarks: 3:05 p.m.—3:45 p.m.

Dr. Dayton holds joint appointments at Wayne State’s School of Social Work and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute (MPSI). She serves as the Associate Director of the Infant Mental Health Program at MPSI where her developmental laboratory is located. Her research is focused on early parenting processes with an emphasis on fathering in urban settings. She has over two decades of experience providing clinical interventions to the families of infants and young children in a wide range of settings, including home-based, center-based, and hospital programs. Dr. Dayton's program of research is fundamentally translational and transdisciplinary; it is informed by her clinical work with families and aims to identify biological and psychosocial risk and resilience factors that influence early parenting process and early child development.