Libby Doggett is leveraging her 40 plus years of leadership and management skills honed through work in schools, Head Start and child care with children with, and without disabilities, to build public will and strong diverse local coalitions in Texas to improve children’s readiness for Kindergarten. Recently Doggett served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning at the US Department of Education overseeing both the Early Learning Challenge and the Preschool Development Grant Programs. In that role Doggett provided birth to age eight expertise and policy guidance to the Secretary and served as the Department of Education’s early learning liaison to the While House, the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal and state agencies.
Prior to returning to Department of Education, where in the nineties Doggett served as executive director of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities and their families, Doggett worked with the Pew Charitable Trusts. There she directed the Pew home visiting campaign where she oversaw a robust research agenda and worked with advocates in target states to build political and public understanding and support for data-driven investments that align with federal guidance. Prior to that Doggett directed Pre-K Now, a 10-year campaign to advance high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten for all three- and four-year-olds in states across the country. Through its successes, Pre-K Now significantly increased the investments and number of children attending state supported pre-k. Doggett also worked for the National Head Start Association, directing their HeadsUp!Reading program to improve literacy instruction in early learning classrooms across the country. She began her career as a bilingual first grade teacher at Ortega Elementary School in Austin, and holds a doctorate from the University of Texas in early childhood special education.