Rhonda Kindred has a wealth of experience and expertise in early childhood education. She has managed programs working with children and families in Head Start (HS), Early Head Start (EHS), public schools, universities, federally funded early childhood projects, and community-based and private for profit early childhood programs. As the director of an Early Reading First Grant, she conducted assessments and used evaluations to increase program effectiveness and child outcomes. She has served as the director of children services overseeing HS/EHS and extended child care, a Head Start child development coordinator, and as program manager with the Zero to Three Foundation. Dr. Kindred has also worked as a planning coordinator for an initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to ensure school readiness by working collaboratively with organizations within the community, including the Annie Casey Foundation.
Dr. Kindred has served as both a literacy specialist and the training technical assistance (T/TA) coordinator for the American Indian-Alaskan Native Technical Assistance Network. She is recognized for her expert knowledge of American Indian Alaskan Natives populations and tribal HS programs and has a deep understanding of the need for cultural sensitivity when working with tribal communities. As technical assistance coordinator, she developed and implemented effective policies and procedures that resulted in consistency across systems and a focus on systems integration, ongoing monitoring, curriculum implementation, and T/TA plan development.
Dr. Kindred has a Ph.D. in Family, Child, and Consumer Sciences; an M.B.A.; an M.S. in Counseling and Human Development; and a B.A. in Psychology.