Krista Scott is the Senior Director for Child Care Health Policy at Child Care Aware® of America. In her current role, she is charged with supporting policy initiatives that make child care settings healthier communities for children and providers. She has 15 years of experience working in public health and education, primarily in early childhood health, mental health, and special education. Ms. Scott started her career in public service working for nonprofits that provided afterschool activities to elementary-aged students. There she learned to implement curriculum, manage groups and provide coaching and mentoring. In her time working in a blended child care/Head Start center, Ms. Scott provided disabilities services, mental health consultation and family services to children and families with diverse cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
Prior to joining Child Care Aware ® of America, she worked for the District of Columbia’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education, the District’s State Education Agency. There she served as the Early Intervention Program monitor and the District’s Preschool Special Education coordinator. During her tenure, she developed a system of general supervision/quality assurance for Early Intervention Programs, established and implemented child outcomes data collection process for all children in preschool special education, integrated the use of monitoring data into the technical assistance system, wrote and promulgated regulations and policy for Early Intervention Programs and issued non-regulatory guidance documents for schools and Early Intervention Programs.
Ms. Scott has her B.S. in political science and an M.S.S.W. with a focus on management and policy. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.