Kimberly Elliott

Versatile communications leader with 20+ years' experience engaging audiences through strategic storytelling. Published author and project manager with expertise in content marketing, developmental editing, and grantwriting. Over 6 years, crafted key parts of grant proposals bringing in $60 M for a nonprofit.

Child Safety and Protection Month: Make Safety a Reality for All Young People

Each year, approximately 14,000 children and adolescents ages 0–19 die of injuries in the United States, 227,000 are hospitalized, and 8.7 million visit the emergency department. EDC is committed to making safety a reality for all young people—rather than a goal—and that includes addressing social determinants of health and safety. “Together, we can take action to ensure all children and youth thrive,” says Jennifer Leonardo, director of the Children’s Safety Network at EDC (CSN).

On Veterans Day: More Than a “Thank You for Your Service”

My uncle returned from the war, dumped his medals in a drawer, and slammed the drawer shut. He was 18 when he was drafted. A gifted artist and writer, he had thousands of stories to tell. But he never spoke a word about the war. He was haunted by memories and grief that he could not find words to express or lay to rest. Not all veterans share my uncle’s struggles. But many veterans face challenges when they return to civilian life. I think about that every year when Veterans Day rolls around.

Selected to Study Low-Income Parents’ Access to Childcare

EDC is leading a new study that will advance knowledge of the factors that influence the ability of families in low-income communities to obtain childcare for children from birth to age 12...“It is crucial for families in low-income communities to have reliable access to high-quality childcare that fits their work schedules,” said Irwin. “We hope that our study will help inform national and state policymakers as they work to address barriers to child-care access for these families.”

EDC to Lead Initiative to Expand Access to Data Science Careers

EDC has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to lead Innovation Pathways to Data Careers. This new initiative will prepare diverse groups of youth—including youth of color and youth from low-income communities—to pursue careers in data science. A strong researcher-practitioner partnership among EDC, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and the Burlington Public Schools will drive the work of the new initiative...

EDC Continues National Media Partnership to Enhance Early Learning

EDC will lead the research on a new five-year Ready To Learn initiative, launched by long-time partners the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS and funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. This initiative begins just as tens of millions of low-income families nationwide are striving to overcome learning loss due to COVID-19 and contending with inequitable access to high-quality early education.

EDC and Georgetown to Lead National Head Start Center

Over the next five years, EDC, GUCCHD, and a consortium of multidisciplinary experts will support Head Start and Early Head Start programs in enhancing the well-being of over 1 million young children and families in low-income communities. The Center’s services and support will reach all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and American Indian and Alaska Native and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start communities.

Action Alliance Recognizes A Decade of Progress

In September 2020, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) housed at Education Development Center (EDC) marks its 10th year of advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, the nation’s road map for prioritizing suicide prevention. As noted in the new report A Decade of Progress and Partnerships: Empowering Change, Driving Impact, the Action Alliance has made great strides in improving and strengthening suicide care...

EDC’s Steven Shuman Receives National Award from American Academy of Pediatrics

Steven Shuman of Education Development Center (EDC), was awarded the Dr. Susan S. Aronson Early Education and Child Care Advocacy Award for 2020 by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Early Childhood. Each year, the prestigious award is presented to a champion for children in early education and child-care settings who has made a significant contribution to improving the health, safety, and development of young children.

Amgen Biotech Experience: 30 Years of Innovative Science Education

EDC joins the Amgen Foundation in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE). This initiative has supported over 3,600 science educators in engaging nearly 850,000 students across 13 countries in exploring biotech. In 1990, Amgen scientist Bruce Wallace launched ABE to revitalize science learning, spark students’ interest in science careers, and promote scientific literacy. From its start in one California school, ABE has spread to almost 900 schools around the world...

This September—Take Action to Promote Hope and Prevent Suicide

EDC’s vision is to achieve a world free from suicide. To observe National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, National Suicide Prevention Week, and World Suicide Prevention Day, we are offering events, tips, and tools to help you take action to build resilience and prevent suicide. “We’ve learned from public opinion polls that most people know suicide is preventable and want to help those in their lives who are struggling,” says Elly Stout, director of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) at EDC. “So our focus should be on empowering people to play a role in preventing suicide in their communities.”

Today, But Not Just Today: Appreciating All Teachers | EDC

Today, and every May, I find myself thinking, “Hmm. It’s nice to press pause to appreciate teachers. But shouldn’t we do that every day?” This year, that “Hmm” feeling is even stronger. Ever since schools closed in the wake of COVID-19, I have been very deeply appreciating teachers, as well as families that are partnering with teachers to help kids learn at home. Every day, I’ve been trying to find ways to thank teachers and families. This has included working with my EDC colleagues to share free resources to support teachers and families.
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