Rachel Spector brings over 25 years’ experience in the field of early care and education, having worked for both public and private organizations. Ms. Spector serves as Director of Programs at The Children’s Trust overseeing Early Childhood and the Thrive by 5 Early Learning Quality Improvement System, Youth Development Afterschool and Summer programming, and their Innovation Fund. Prior to joining The Trust, Ms. Spector worked as a dyadic therapist in a teen parent program and coordinated an infant mental health program for early learning educators and young children. Ms. Spector earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University in New York. Her graduate studies focused on clinical services for children and families. Ms. Spector has served as an adjunct professor at Miami Dade College where she taught in the department of early childhood education. She is a member of many state-wide and local committees and advisory boards that focus on early learning issues. She most recently led the innovative work in Miami-Dade County to redesign the Trust’s investments in early learning programs to improve program quality for Miami’s most vulnerable children.