White House Author
Early Head Start Center-based Teacher
Angelica Vilaverde is an Early Head Start Center-based Teacher with Southwest Human Development Early Head Start and Head Start located at the Educare Arizona facility in Phoenix, Arizona. Angelica holds a Master's Degree in Infant-Family Practice from Arizona State University. Her expertise in infant/toddler development and mental health, combined with her longevity in practice as an Early Head Start teacher, has brought to her classroom an environment where children flourish due to her strong focus on parent-child relationships and parent and family engagement. Angelica, as an Early Head Start leader, is currently serving as a member of the 2012-2013 Early Head Start Data Sharing Workgroup, which will assist the field of infant-family practice with creating systems to sustain parent and family engagement in school readiness. The promising practices that Angelica is developing will be utilized in the field by other early childhood professionals that are seeking to engage families with infants and toddlers as full partners in preparing their child for future school success. Angelica is being recognized as a Champion of Change for her dedication to the children and families whom she serves.