Donna Dervishian-Aldred specializes in project management, business development, marketing, successful multi-disciplinary team collaboration, and project delivery. She brings this expertise to a wide range of innovative projects that promote children’s well-being and school readiness by enhancing early learning, strengthening whole child support, and engaging families.
Dervishian-Aldred is a project associate for two initiatives that are giving early childhood teachers new tools and strategies to improve outcomes for preschool children. As a member of EDC’s Literacy and Academic Success for English Learners through Science (LASErS) team, she is supporting the implementation and scale-up of a model that builds the capacity of preK, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 teachers to enhance dual language learners’ science and literacy learning and support families in fostering children’s learning.
For EDC’s Center for Early Childhood Professionals, Dervishian heads up operations and marketing, plays a key role in budget and contract management, and contributes to the Center’s virtual learning video experiences—including video production and webcasting. Since 2014, the Center has provided 51,000 hours of professional development to 2,100 early childhood staff from 802 center-based and family child care homes in Rhode Island.
Dervishian-Aldred works with colleagues across EDC to advance development goals, including managing the production of grant proposals to federal agencies, and corporate initiatives. Recently, she has served on committees charged with leading improvements in systems of procurement and fostering cultural competence and diversity in early childhood work.
Previously at EDC, Dervishian-Aldred coordinated the technical assistance, professional learning, and information dissemination efforts of national and regional centers focused on early childhood continuous quality improvement. Much of this work sought to close opportunity gaps for young children who live in low-income communities and are members of underrepresented groups. To this work, she brought a strong sense of devotion to the nonprofit early childhood sector as a personal beneficiary of Head Start services.
Donna holds a B.A. in Business Communications from Southern New Hampshire University and has PMD Pro certification as a project manager.