Peggy Ball is the technical assistance specialist at the National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC) for Administration for Children and Families Region IV, serving Alabama and Mississippi. She helped develop the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) National Learning Network, a joint initiative of Build and the Smart Start National Technical Assistance Center, in partnership with NCCIC and was a technical coordinator for the first 2 years. In 2000–2006, Ms. Ball implemented the Five Star Rated License for child care, the first regulatory system in the country to incorporate quality measurement into the licensing process. She was instrumental in developing and implementing Smart Start, the country’s first comprehensive, statewide early childhood initiative. Ms. Ball was one of the architects of a child care subsidy system that helped make North Carolina implement welfare reform and support economic development. She also helped create a comprehensive professional development system.
Ms. Ball has a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Louisiana Tech University, a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the American University in Cairo, and is a Certified Public Manager.