Dr. Wynette C. Howard has served in the field of Early Childhood Administration for almost 19 years. She has provided leadership and participated in the development and education of young children and their families through work in diverse settings, including the Colorado Department of Education, Colorado’s public schools, the State Lead Agency Early Childhood/Early Intervention program (Part C IDEA), Head Start, Early Head Start, Higher Education, and university-based and community-level early childhood and family educational and therapeutic programs. Dr. Howard’s comprehensive professional experience includes service as the State Preschool Special Education Program Coordinator with the Colorado Department of Education, background as Director of Early Childhood, Director of Head Start and Early Head Start, Early Childhood/Early Intervention Administrator, Children’s Program Coordinator, Child Development Specialist, Infant/Early Childhood Special Educator, and Adjunct Professor.
Dr. Howard earned her Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Administration with a specialized cognate in Human Development and Family Studies. She also earned two Masters degrees. She earned her Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with a concentration/specialization in Family & Developmental Studies/Individual & Family Programming from Colorado State University. Her Masters program from Colorado State University centered on gaining an extensive knowledge of child and family development, individual and family programming, and prevention/early intervention for children and families at biopsychosocial risk. Dr. Howard’s Master of Education degree is in Educational Leadership and Administration with foci through her final Masters project in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education/Early Intervention, including dedicated experiences as a member of the State Leadership Team on Early Childhood Early Intervention Best Practices and Federal Technical Assistance Initiative on Early Childhood Transition in collaboration with the State Department of Education, Early Childhood Special Education Unit, the State Central Office Early Intervention Program, the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, and the Western Regional Resource Center, the Federal Technical Assistance Team. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Psychology and Music Performance with a Voice Concentration under a full-tuition academic and music scholarship. She was a Liberace and Chopin scholar and was awarded the Psychology Department Award as the top Psychology graduate.
Dr. Howard holds a Professional Administrator license through the Colorado Department of Education with Director of Special Education endorsement. She has also earned a Level VI of VI Early Childhood Professional Credential from the Colorado Department of Education. Dr. Howard has been issued a Large Center Director Qualification Verification Letter (OLCDQVL) and Early Childhood Teacher Qualification from the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Early Care and Learning (DECL).