Co-Chair, Policy Committee / Vice President, Government Relations
Celia Sims leads KinderCare’s advocacy work, ensuring government policies and programs benefit all children, regardless of background or economic status. Celia joined KinderCare from the New America Foundation, where she served as a director and successfully launched the Postsecondary National Policy Institute.
Throughout her career, Celia worked on education policy and legislation and served as a senior policy advisor and negotiator in the U.S. Senate and U.S. Department of Education on important federal legislation, including the Head Start Act, the Child Care and Development Block Grant, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and the Higher Education Act.
Dr. Susan Canizares
Co-Chair, Policy Committee / Chief Academic Officer
Learning Care Group
Susan Canizares is responsible for leading all aspects of the educational mission of Learning Care Group, including refining curricula and the policies and practices that address academic achievement. Prior to joining Learning Care Group in October 2012, Susan was senior vice president and general manager of the English Learner Group at Pearson Education, where she led strategic planning and comprehensive program development.
Previously, she was president of the Harcourt Achieve Supplemental Group, then senior vice president and publisher for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's K-12 Division. During her tenure at Scholastic, Inc., Susan served as product manager of the Early Childhood Group before becoming editor in chief of the Early Childhood Group.
Chair, Website Committee / Vice President Marketing & Customer Experience
Learning Care Group
Joanna Cline is responsible for developing and executing a strategy for LCG to become the Third Party Provider of Choice in the early childhood education industry and building/executing a company-wide strategy for quality improvement & accreditation in LCG schools.
She is a proven leader with a history of improving sales, performance and customer service for high-profile US brands and retailers online and in stores. She is responsible for leading the strategy, planning and execution of marketing initiatives across traditional, digital media, owned properties and partnerships to maximize lead and tour development and retention strategies.