I am an early childhood educator and mother of two young children. Currently, I work in the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on two state funded projects: the Illinois Early Learning Project and the Early Intervention Clearinghouse. I have worked in a variety of roles in the early childhood system as a teacher, director, teacher educator, and child care resource professional. I completed my doctorate in human development and family studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research, teaching, and outreach work focuses on infant-toddler care, home-based child care, and the social-emotional development of young children. My goal is to help parents and early educators by providing evidence-based resources on child development and early learning.