Mina Smith

Mina has been working with children, families, and early childhood professionals for 23 years. Before joining ELM, she directed child care centers in Washington state and was part of Washington’s early work implementing statewide quality standards for childcare and preschool. So, she feels right at home working directly with childcare providers participating in ELM’s Preschool Promise program. In her work, Mina is all about building effective collaborations that lead to better quality care for every child. 

Why is early learning important to you? 
“Because every child deserves quality care.”

Ask Mina about: Preschool Promise, Quality Rating Improvement System (Early Achievers in Washington and Spark! in Oregon), NAEYC Accreditation, Japanese/Japan culture, and drawing Manga (Japaneses comic books).