Angel Rhodes, PhD, Director for Early Childhood Initiatives
ROLE AT FUTURE READY COLUMBUS:
Angel leads all work that focuses on children prenatal to kindergarten entry and their families. Every day, she works to ensure that EACH child in Franklin County receives a solid foundation for success in school and life.
BEFORE JOINING FUTURE READY:
While a professor and director of school counseling at the University of Dayton, Angel realized that most problems that become evident during the K-12 years actually originate several years before a child enters kindergarten, and that the achievement gap must be addressed during those early years.
Angel went on to be Ohio’s first officer of early childhood education and development. In this role, she led the statewide quality improvement in early childhood services, creation of statewide Early Learning and Development Standards, development of Ohio’s 5-Star Quality rating system, increase in access to high quality services, implementation of a cross-agency governance model, and creation of a holistic instrument to assess kindergarten readiness for all children.