Early Learning RI


The Rhode Island Early Learning Council was formed in June 2010 with the goal of ensuring that Rhode Island children from birth to age eight have access to high quality early learning experiences in a variety of settings. The appointment of a state advisory council on young children’s early learning and development is required by federal law. Members are appointed by the Governor of Rhode Island.


  • Angélica Infante-Green, Commissioner, Rhode Island Department of Education
  • Courtney Hawkins, Director, Rhode Island Department of Human Services
  • Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT



  • Amy Donnelly Roche, RI School Superintendents Association
  • Angélica Infante-Green, RIDE
  • Ayana Melvan, RI Afterschool Network
  • Blythe Berger, RIDOH
  • Brenda Potter, Center for Early Learning Professionals
  • Caitlin Molina, DHS - Child Care
  • Carol Patnaude, CCRI
  • Casey Ferrara, Meeting Street
  • Catherine Green, Head Start Collaboration/DHS
  • Chrissy Ahern, Preschool Special Ed Directors Assoc
  • Courtney Hawkins, DHS
  • Deborah Masland, EI Interagency Coordinating Council
  • Donna Chartier, Family Child Care Homes of RI
  • Eileen Botelho, RIDE - Title I & McKinney Vento 
  • Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
  • Emma Villa, Family Child Care Union/SEIU
  • Erin Cox, LISC
  • Hyunjin Kim, Ph.D., URI
  • Inés Merchán, RI Foundation
  • Jennifer Kaufman, EOHHS - Early Intervention
  • Joseph Carr, DCYF
  • Kayla Rosen, RI Children's Cabinet/Governor's Office
  • Khadija Lewis Khan, Beautiful Beginnings
  • Larry Warner, United Way of Rhode Island
  • Leanne Barrett, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
  • Leslie Sevey, Ph.D., RIC
  • Lisa Hildebrand, RIAEYC/BrightStars
  • Lori Wagner, RI Child Care Directors Association
  • Mary Varr, RI Head Start Association
  • Minerva Waldron, Over the Rainbow Learning Centers
  • Pam High, M.D., RI Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Pauline Riordan, Parent
  • Phyllis Lynch, RIDE - Pre-K
  • Rachel Flum, Economic Progress Institute
  • Ruth Gallucci, RIDE - Preschool Special Education
  • Susan Dickstein, Ph.D. , RI Association for Infant Mental Health
  • Suzette Wordell, RI Association of School Principals
Early Learning RI