T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center is led by a team of dedicated experts whose institutional knowledge is the foundation of the Center’s work.

Marsha Basloe, Interim Executive Director

Marsha is Interim Executive Director of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center, which helps states implement effective workforce strategies to address the education, compensation and retention of their early care and education workforce. Marsha has been President of Child Care Services Association (CCSA) since January 2018.

Previously, Marsha was senior adviser for the Office of Early Childhood Development at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), DHHS, where she was responsible for coordinating early childhood workforce and homelessness areas. Marsha worked on early childhood workforce initiatives in the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and worked on early childhood workforce efforts, including the policy statement on career pathways by ACF. She co-chaired an early childhood workgroup for the U.S. Interagency Workgroup on Family Homelessness (USICH) and coordinated a Congressional briefing on early childhood homelessness to raise awareness for this issue. Marsha was responsible for communications from the Office of Early Childhood Development and was involved in inter-agency efforts and other initiatives aimed at young children and families.

Before joining HHS, Marsha served as the executive director of the Early Care & Learning Council, the statewide CCR&R agency for New York’s 37 CCR&R agencies, where she was a member of the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council. Before that, she was the executive director of Durham’s Partnership for Children, a Smart Start Initiative.

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Edith Locke, Vice President of Professional Development Initiatives

Edith Locke currently serves as Vice President of CCSA’s Professional Development Initiatives Division. In 1993, Edith joined CCSA as the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project was expanding into a statewide early childhood workforce initiative in North Carolina. Throughout her 27-year history with CCSA, her role has evolved. In the mid-1990s, when CCSA first became an administrative home for various Smart Start funded initiatives in Orange County, Edith managed programs on the local level before becoming the lead program administrator for North Carolina’s T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program in 1996, a function she continues to perform.

In 2002, Edith joined the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center and today serves as a technical assistance specialist responsible for supporting other early childhood focused organizations, nationwide, in their administration of their respective T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Programs. Throughout her tenure, Edith has been a dedicated early education workforce advocate through her service on a variety of committees at the local, state and national levels.

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Allison Miller, Vice President of Compensation Initiatives

Allison has been with CCSA since 1994 and she oversees the N.C. education-based salary supplement initiatives, the Child Care WAGE$® Program, and Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$®. She works with the states that are interested in WAGE$ or who hold a WAGE$ license. She is the person to contact regarding the day-to-day operations of WAGE$ Programs and affiliates. This includes programmatic issues such as policies, procedures, protocols and monitoring. She provides training and ongoing programmatic technical assistance, coordinates monitoring visits and reviews competency assessments for WAGE$ states.

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Jill Arnold, Director of Database Support and Services

Jill has been with CCSA since 2000, most recently managing national database support and training as Director of Database Support and Services. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development as well as an MBA. Jill supports the Center by providing database quality control oversight for all states’ teams via periodic, individualized database assessments. Additionally, she provides training on the current T.E.A.C.H. database.

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Julie Rogers, Program Director

Julie is Program Director for the Center. She has worked in the early education field for 25 years in roles as diverse as an in-home parent educator, preschool teacher, policy/program specialist, T.E.A.C.H. program director and vice president of professional development initiatives for a statewide resource and referral agency. She has worked extensively with broad, multi-disciplinary stakeholder groups, helping to build consensus toward the expansion of professional development systems. She holds a Master’s Degree in Family Studies.

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Megan Burk, Technical Assistance Manager

Megan is the Technical Assistance Manager for the Center. She has worked in the early childhood profession for nearly 20 years in a variety of roles from Pre-kindergarten teacher, Education Coordinator, Site Director and the T.E.A.C.H. Program Director for the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. She supports T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ programs with technical assistance and reporting, supporting the competency review process and assisting with special projects supported by the Center. 

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Teresa Graves, Communications Manager 

Teresa has worked for Child Care Services Association for more than 25 years as the Special Assistant to the President. Currently, she is the Communications Manager for the National Center.  She has also worked for the National Center as the Manager of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Alliance.

Teresa holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management, Leadership and Performance Improvement. She has been a working student, earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees while working full-time at CCSA. In addition, she has had considerable experience in association management, working as the administrative coordinator for the NC Early Education Coalition. In that job, she connected with members daily, supported the needs of the members and the board, managed the association’s social media pages and more. She has held several supervisory jobs, including her early work in early childhood settings as a lead teacher, assistant director and director.

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Judy Leinbach, Administrative Manager

Judy joined the team in 2016 after a varied career path, including engineering, project management, child care, paralegal services and office management. Judy maintains the files for each T.E.A.C.H. Program, including licenses, reports and other documents. She also prepares invoices and updates the website. She relies on the broad range of her past experiences to keep the Center running smoothly.

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