Kim Davenport is the Managing Director for Birth to 3rd Grade Alignment at Edward Street. She brings more than 25 years of experience in early education and non-profit management. At Edward Street she leads city-wide alignment efforts for educators, community organizations and leaders to connect and strengthen the continuum of education for young children and families. Prior to her work in Worcester, she was the Chief Program Officer at Jumpstart for Young Children, a leading national early education non-profit organization, where she led a team to research, create, pilot and roll out an evidenced-based curriculum that increased preschool school readiness skills. She also created the first national early education teaching fellowship program, the Pearson Teacher Fellowship, which launched the careers of nearly 150 early childhood teachers. Her early career also includes work in non-profit, higher education, and business. Currently, Kim serves on several ECE Higher Education Advisory Councils, and holds adjunct faculty positions with Fitchburg State University, Worcester State University, and Qunisigamond Community College. She served on Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress Advisory Board and was recognized as a national Emerging Leader by Child Care Exchange in 2016. She is also very involved in her daughter’s school where she serves as President of the Friends of Venerini. Kim holds an M.A. in Child Development from Tufts University and a B.A. from Villanova University.