Deidre Craythorne has worked in the early care and education field for almost 20 years, and is passionate about improving the lives of children and families. She has served in various positions in the West Virginia Child Care Resource and Referral system, including as Director of Connect Child Care Resource and Referral in Charleston, WV. Deidre has also worked in the early care and education field on a national level, during her time at the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, now called Child Care Aware, in Washington, D.C. While at NACCRRA, Deidre was in charge of research and policy analysis for the AmeriCorps and VistaCare program.
Deidre has experience in grant writing, training, statistical analysis, promulgation of legislative rules, policy development and application. She believes that learning can a should be fun for all ages, regardless of the topic; and that policy development decisions should be guided by input from impacted individuals.
When not immersed in writing or spreadsheets, Deidre can be found herding/tending/washing/feeding the cats, dog and small boy-child who reside in her home.