Child care planner Kristen Anderson has developed child care/early education policies and strategies for public and private agencies statewide, and has lead supply-building and quality improvements in Redwood City and San Mateo County for over two decades. Her book Planning for Child Care in California (Solano Press) highlights successful linkages of child care and community development, proactive local land use policies and practices, creative solutions to child care facilities siting and development challenges, and much more. Kristen's professional experience includes 10 years teaching in varied classrooms(Head Start to lab schools), Mills College professor, 4Cs TA counselor, researcher, trainer, and community child care coordinator.
The speaker has presented at several national and local conferences of the American Planning Association, Smart Growth and sustainable communities organizations in addition to child care conferences.
Kristen holds a Ph.D. from Stanford, an M.A. from Michigan State, and a B.A. from Mills College.
Ms. Kinahan has more than eleven years of experience in the early childhood education field, beginning at San Mateo County's child care resource and referral agency, the Child Care Coordinating Council or 4C's. While at 4C's, Ms. Kinahan worked her way up from being the Data Analyst, through management positions, finally serving as the Executive Director for two years. While at the 4C's, she was appointed to the Child Care Partnership Council, San Mateo County's local planning council, and has served for the past six years as a co-chair the Child Car Facilities Committee and participates in the Needs Assessment and Strategic Planning ad-hoc committees. After leaving 4C's, Ms. Kinahan has spent time working as an independent management consultant focusing on strategy and communications for early learning programs and nonprofits. She also worked for two years at the San Mateo County Office of Education in a management position in the Early Learning unit supporting the unit's early learning quality improvement initiatives.
As a mother of two boys, ages 3 and 5, Ms. Kinahan know the importance firsthand of continuous quality improvement in early learning programs and the effect that high quality child care and preschool can have on young children.
Ms. Kinahan holds a Masters Degree in Anthropology from Portland State University, as well as a BA in Anthropology from US Berkeley. She effectively uses her background in social science research to understand and improve early learning programs and systems in her community.