Our dynamic team is made up of experts in the field of early childhood education, strategic planning, fiscal stewardship, project management, grant writing and research.
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Founder and Executive Director
Founder and Executive Director
Amy is the Founder and Executive Director of Foundations for Families. Amy has supported numerous organizations with all aspects of writing Designation Renewal System grants. She works with grantee organizations as a start-up planner, Head Start grant writer, review supporter, and trainer. She is also a consultant for 0-3′s work with ARRA funded Early Head Start programs.
Amy’s tenure at the consulting firms of Arthur Andersen and Ernst and Young established her expertise in business, management and administration. Her experiences as Title One teacher/site manager and child development center director informed her understanding of the day to day practices of early childhood education. At Foundations for Families, Amy brings the best of both worlds together as a consultant, trainer, and project manager.
Amy served on the Board of Directors at Seasons of Hope, an organization which provides community support, education and consulting for issues of grief, loss and transition. She is a past board member of the Board of Directors of Infant Toddler Family Day Care, Inc., the Congressional School and the Ballston Child Care Consortium, Inc., a non-profit group solely dedicated to increasing the availability of high quality, inclusive childcare options for low income families.
Amy is a graduate of Brown University and received a Master’s of Education in Early Childhood Special Education and Elementary Education from Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. She lives in Great Falls, Virginia with her husband and two daughters.
Linda is a Senior Consultant for Foundations for Families, with a focus on the early childhood sector. Her national portfolio of projects include state, regional, and local level Early Head Start/Head Start grantees, particularly with EHS-Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP), independent child care businesses and related initiatives. She delivers start up and organizational design and capacity assessments and consultation, direct technical assistance, grant writing, and training to enhance and re-structure for success in management and fiscal areas. She also presents at regional and state conferences on early childhood business, fiscal and partnership topics.
Linda has 25 years of experience leading, developing and advancing high impact business and organizational approaches for early childhood and family services. She has expertise in Start-up, implementation and fiscal planning, as well as building business capacity. Her skills include grant writing, budget strategies, business training and technical assistance, collaborative partnerships, strategic planning, personnel, program development, advocacy, quality assurance, and fiscal stewardship.
Working with Maryland Women’s Business Center, she led the Child Care Business Initiative to provide business training and technical assistance. She worked with independent child centers to facilitate and re-design organizational pillars of the agency in the board, personnel and fiscal areas. She has coached Child Care Resource & Referral agencies on how to deliver business services.
From 1991-2003, Linda was the founder of the Early Childhood Division Director at Northern Virginia Family Service. Here, she led and established the home visiting and childcare initiatives of Healthy Families America, Early Head Start, and Parents as Teachers, which served 1,200 families with a $5 million budget.
Linda has received multiple awards in Washington, DC area for excellence in leadership, management and fiscal stewardship. She has a Masters of Social Work, Community Organizing and Social Administration from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Lock Haven University.
Julie is a consultant for Foundations for Families, providing support to Head Start and Early Head Start grantees applying to for new and continued funding. Julie specializes in technical assistance, program design, grant writing and partnerships strategies.
With 20 years of management and leadership experience in child care, Head Start/EHS, and parent support, Julie is currently Nemours’ Project Director of a Center Disease Control funded initiative, The National Early Care & Education Learning Collaborative. Prior to that, Julie worked for six years as the Director of National Child Care Information & Technical Assistance Center and the National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement. These projects were funded by the Office of Child Care and provided support to state and territorial grantees on implementation of the Child Care Development Block grant.
Previously, Julie led more than 100 staff in the Early Childhood Division of a community based agency where she developed and operated child care, home visiting, Early Head Start and Head Start programs in a variety of jurisdictions. She has also worked at the National Head Start Association and served on numerous advisory committees related to home visiting and Head Start.
Julie holds a Master of Public Administration in social services and management and a B.A. in political science from Michigan State University.
Training Coordinator and Consultant
Julie Weatherington is the Training Coordinator and Consultant for Foundations for Families. Julie is an expert in mission-driven education program assessment, planning and development. She has extensive expertise in training adult practitioners in a competency-based context model, in accordance with developmentally appropriate practices.
Julie delivers dynamic, inspiring training that enables educators to consistently deliver best practice performance. She is energizing, collaborative, and committed to consistently delivering high quality early intervention, inclusion, child development and leadership program support that makes the difference.
She served on the Transition Committee for Pre-K to Kindergarten at Prince William County School. She was also on the Regional Management Team for Minnieland Academy in Woodbridge, VA. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director for Seasons of Hope Center for Grief Loss and Transition and the Community Outreach Director of Point of Hope Camp for Capital Hospice.
Julie has a Masters in Human Service Administration and Leadership and a Master’s Certificate in Preschool Education from Liberty University. Her B.A. in Communications is from Wright State University.
Consultant and Trainer
Consultant and Trainer
Patti is a consultant and trainer for Foundations for Families with a focus on program management, systems planning, early childhood development, staff professional development, and preparing HS and EHS grantees for federal monitoring reviews. Patti started in the field of early childhood as a preschool teacher and for over 20 years has been dedicated to supporting teachers, caregivers, and program leaders as they work to turn theory and regulations into practice and implement the most effective programs for young children and their families. She has extensive experience and expertise creating professional development resources and delivering data-driven training and technical assistance for diverse groups of adult learners.
Patti is a seasoned HS/EHS professional, content expert, and community child care leader. She brings the perspective of a former OHS TA specialist, curriculum/instruction/assessment manager for a state level office of learning, and a multi-site, private center director. Patti is also a CLASS Certified Observer.
In addition to her work with Foundations for Families, Patti is currently the Executive Director of Boolean Girl, a new nonprofit organization based in Arlington, VA created to address the declining numbers of girls and women in STEM fields.
Patti earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and has an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Kelly Schaffer is a consultant specializing in grant writing, research and communications for Foundations for Families. She has written and contributed to many successful, multi-million dollar federal grant applications. This includes Designation Renewal System (DRS) grant proposals, Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership grants, Head Start/Early Head Start baseline and continuation applications, other federally funded initiatives, as well as grant proposals to private foundations and organizations.
Kelly has worked in or supporting the field of early care and education for over 10 years. Prior to joining Foundations for Families Kelly implemented early childhood obesity prevention initiatives at Nemours Children’s Health System. She also worked at the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, managing multiple statewide initiatives and helping to develop the state’s quality rating and improvement system.
In 2012, Kelly received The Assistant Secretary’s ACF Honor Award – Partnering for HHS Excellence Award from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. She has a Masters of Education in Risk and Prevention from Harvard University and a B.S. in Management from Boston College.
Consultant specializing in grant writing and communications
Jane a consultant specializing in grant writing and communications for Foundations for Families. Jane has been involved with education, conservation and performing arts organizations for the past 20 years as a collaborator, writer, project coordinator and copy editor.
Clients and employers include the Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy, the National Heritage Program of the National Park Service, The Alliance of National Heritage Areas, The Conservation Fund, the National Museum of Forest Service History, and Washington National Opera.
Jane is a graduate of Middlebury College, with a B.A. in Literary Studies.
Gwynne is a consultant for Foundations for Families with expertise in strategic planning, program design and management, Federal grant writing, partnership strategies and implementation upon award for Head Start and Early Head Start Federal grantees. She has provided technical assistance with all aspects of writing Designation Renewal System grants for new and continued funding.
Gwynne is a senior program/project manager with more than 15 years of experience leading teams in the federal, public, private and non-profit sectors. Since 2003, she has supported the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, in a variety of capacities including project management, discretionary grants administration (program and fiscal specialists), compliance monitoring and evaluation, training and technical assistance in Regions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10. Most recently, Gwynne has provided strategic planning and grant writing services for programs in the Designation Regional System (DRS) and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships (EHS-CCP) in Regions 3, 4, and 10.
Gwynne has presented at national conferences on early childhood education for the Head Start community. She presents on topics ranging from early childhood science and research to practice in education and early childhood development, educational systems planning for positive child outcomes, and building children’s vocabulary.
Gwynne has extensive experience in relationship management and overseeing accounts, implementing operations and processes, and employing effective change management techniques to develop and implement innovative solutions projects. Gwynne is adept at defining requirements, staff management, organization, and employee development and employee relations. She uses leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills to moderate public forums. Gwynne has strong communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills.
Gwynne serves as Assistant Director, Strategy and Faculty Support, Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Research at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She has an M.S in Organizational Dynamics and a B.A. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
FFF consultant 2014-2016
“She was a pioneer in the emerging field of infant and toddler education. This field recognized the importance of early brain development to future school readiness and success.”
– Dr. Phillip Farfel, Clare’s husband and former president of the Baltimore City School Board.
Clare Siegel spent more than 35 years working in early childhood, focusing on infants and toddlers, families, and special populations.
As a consultant for Foundations for Families, she provided expertise in engaging families and communities, early childhood development, program development, management and monitoring, home visiting and center based programming, training and technical assistance and direct services to infant/toddlers, families and young children with special needs.
Throughout her career, Clare coordinated Head Start and Early Head Start programs in urban and rural settings, provided training and technical assistance to a wide range of audiences on a variety of topics and provided early intervention services in an urban school district and a university affiliated facility for children with disabilities. She was President of the Maryland Head Start Association, and was involved with Maryland Family Network, Early Head Start National Resource Center, ICF Consulting, Friends of the Family, and Baltimore City Head Start.
From 2007-2010, Clare was the Early Childhood Specialist for the Early Steps to School Success partnership between ZTT and Save the Children. She provided oversight, training and technical assistance to ECC specialists and coordinators providing ECC services to children birth to 5 and their families.
Clare received her M.S in Early Intervention, Birth to 3, from Wheelock College in Boston, MA and a B.S. in Special Education from Coppin State University.
If you wish, you can honor Clare’s memory by making a donation to these organizations: