For Immediate Release - February 06, 2017

Governor Baker Appoints Alison Schonwald to Board of Early Education and Care

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today announced the appointment of Alison Schonwald, MD to the pediatric position of the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care (EEC).  Dr. Schonwald is a Pediatrician in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

“Dr. Schonwald is a leader in child development with a distinguished career providing primary care to underserved children and their families,” said Governor Baker.  “With her numerous achievements in clinical practice, teaching, research, and community service, I am pleased to appoint such an esteemed medical professional to the Board of Early Education and Care.”

“Through her medical practice, Dr. Schonwald has significant experience in serving a diverse population of children and families from across the Commonwealth, and she brings to the Board additional knowledge of best practices in the field from the science of early childhood development,” said Secretary of Education Jim Peyser.  “Dr. Schonwald is deeply committed to the field of early education and care and I welcome her to the Board.”

“Dr. Schonwald brings specialized knowledge to the Board that will bolster the effort to build a high-quality, effective early education system for all children,” said Board Chair Nonie Lesaux. “In particular, Dr. Schonwald’s expertise in the use of screening tools, and insights on how best to enhance coordination of services for children -- especially children with developmental needs -- will help us work toward a statewide approach that maximizes every child’s potential.”

“I welcome Dr. Schonwald to the Board and look forward to working with her in advancing the Department’s mission to provide all children with high-quality early education and care opportunities,” said Commissioner Tom Weber.  “Dr. Schonwald’s deep medical expertise and extensive community service experience will contribute significantly to the Commonwealth’s comprehensive efforts to support our children’s lifelong success.”

"We know so much about the importance of a child's experiences during the early years and the impact of those experiences on a range of long-term outcomes," said Dr. Schonwald.  "I've been so lucky to train and practice in Massachusetts and I am now excited for this opportunity to give back by working with the EEC Board on behalf of children and families in our state."   

About Alison Schonwald, MD:

Dr. Alison Schonwald is a Pediatrician in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Schonwald received her medical degree from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed her Residency and Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Schonwald is co-director of training in the Developmental Medicine Center, is active in the American Academy of Pediatrics, and teaches human development at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical expertise include autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and psychopharmacology for children with disabilities, about which she lectures nationally.

About the Board of Early Education and Care:

The Board of Early Education and Care oversees the administration of early education and care and out-of-school time programs in Massachusetts. Under the Board's oversight and regulations, the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) licenses child care programs, residential programs, and adoption/foster care placement agencies; provides financial assistance for over 56,000 children to attend high-quality programs that support their growth, development and learning; and provides information and referral services, inclusive programming for children with special needs, parenting and family support, and professional development opportunities for early educators. The Board of Early Education and Care's mission is to provide a system of early education and care and out-of-school time in Massachusetts that provides all children with the necessary foundation for healthy and positive educational development and lifelong success. For more information on the Board of Early Education and Care, please visit: http://www.mass.gov/edu/government/departments-and-boards/board-of-early-education-and-care/.

 

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