Jill Meriweather’s enthusiasm for early childhood education began while writing her undergraduate thesis – a comparative analysis of post-segregation education policy in Stellenbosch, South Africa and Kansas City, Missouri. A Kansas City native – Jill was a Head Start and Accelerated Kindergarten teacher in Las Vegas, Manager of Teacher Leadership Development at Teach For America – Kansas City, and the Coordinator of Early Learning Programs for the Hickman Mills School District. Currently, Jill is an Early Learning Program Manager at Mid-American Regional Council and focuses on readiness, public policy, and workforce priorities. Jill received her Bachelor of Arts from Harvard, her Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and her Graduate Certificate in Administration and Supervision from Johns Hopkins University.