The Executive Leadership Committee of Ready At Five is pleased to announce that Steven Hicks, former Senior Policy Advisor on Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education, has been named the new Executive Director. He is replacing Louise Corwin, who is retiring after having led the organization for 15 years.
Hicks has spent nearly 30 years teaching and working to build and improve quality early learning systems for America's young children. Most recently, he served as Senior Policy Advisor on Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education, where he focused on advancing the national early learning agenda through, among other areas, the Preschool Development Grants and Early Learning Challenge programs. Prior to that, he was a Teaching Ambassador Fellow at the Department following 20 years as a preschool, kindergarten and early elementary school teacher. He is a frequent speaker on early childhood topics across the U.S. and internationally.
Hicks holds a Master's degree in Early Childhood and Primary Education from California State University in Los Angeles, and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California in Santa Cruz.