- Early childhood and preschool
- Special education and learning disabilities
- State policy
Jennifer Stedron is the executive director of Early Milestones Colorado, a new nonprofit organization that advances success for young children across the state by accelerating innovation, use of best practices and systemic change. Recently, she worked at the Aspen Institute as senior program manager for the Ascend initiative. She has also been executive director of Colorado’s Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) and the policy director for Early Childhood in the Office of Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia. In this last capacity, she spearheaded the ECLC’s work to establish Colorado’s new Office of Early Childhood and led the grant application effort that resulted in Colorado’s $45 million Early Learning Challenge Fund award. Stedron has also managed bi-partisan policy efforts in early childhood and K-12 education for the National Conference of State Legislatures. She has been published in variety of formats, including peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and national policy briefs. Stedron has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a doctorate from the University of Denver in child clinical psychology with a specialty in developmental cognitive neuroscience.