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Betty Emarita


Development & Training, Inc.


Betty Emarita advances early care and education policy nationally and internationally, working with foundations, US state agencies, and nonprofit organizations and institutions. Betty is co-leading the Family and Community Knowledge Systems Data Project, Center for Family and Community Data, Knowledge, and Well-Being, which she initiated in partnership with the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.

Betty’s work bridges economic development and early education policy. She has consulted with the Twin Cities Local Initiative Support Corporation on community-based economic development issues. She has also consulted with a variety of state agencies and organizations, including the National League of Cities, Washington State Department of Early Learning, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Thrive by Five on the Washington State Early Learning Plan. Betty developed a Home Visitation Guide to Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers for Think Small and the former Minnesota Early Childhood Resource and Training Center. She was a consultant to the Annie E. Casey 10-state Making Connections Initiative and developed a Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care evaluation guide.

Betty is a member of the Minnesota Start Early Funders Coalition, the Association for International Childhood Education, and is on the steering committee for Voices and Choices for Children, a statewide advocacy organization for children of color and American Indian children in Minnesota.

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