Steven Shuman, an expert in child development, health, and technical assistance, supports program leaders in ensuring young children's well-being and school readiness. For decades, he has worked to improve early childhood education and public health, led community and state level programs, trained educators, created materials, developed policy, and helped child-and-family focused agencies reach levels of excellence.
Shuman serves as a Training and Technical Assistance Specialist for the Head Start National Center on Health and Wellness (NCECHW), a partnership between EDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Georgetown University, Child Care Aware of America, Nemours, and University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management. Prior to working in NCH, Shuman was part of the Project LAUNCH TA team—assisting Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded grantees in improving mental health care for children birth to age eight.
A frequent presenter at national early childhood conferences, Shuman is the coauthor of Growing Up Healthy; Relationships, Resiliency, and Readiness: Building a System of Early Care and Education Mental Health Services; and "Preventing Challenging Behaviors Targeting LGBT Children and Their Families."
Shuman is the Co-Facilitator of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Interest Forum of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and a reviewer for the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care. He has served on the boards of the Boston, New England, and Massachusetts Associations for the Education of Young Children; as an advisor to the Committee on Health & Safety Practices at the Schott Fellowship in Early Care & Education and National Training Institute for Child Care Health Consultants; and as a member of the Breastfeeding Expert Work Group, Early Head Start National Resource Center.
Before joining EDC, Shuman was a Health Content Expert for the Region I Head Start Quality Initiative at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute. Previously, he worked for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where he led many child health initiatives and was instrumental in collaborations throughout New England.
Shuman received the Abigail Eliot Distinguished Leadership Award from the Boston Association for the Education of Young Children, the David Giveans Award from the LGBT Interest Forum of NAEYC, and the first Steve Shuman Support of Men In Early Education and Care Award from the New England Association for the Education of Young Children.
He received his BA from Emerson College and has studied at Colby College, Wheelock College graduate programs, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.