535 Centerville Road, Suite 201
Warwick, RI 02886
Deborah Bankauskas provides technical assistance that builds capacity to improve the quality of early childhood education, with an emphasis on strengthening professional development for early childhood teachers. To her work, she brings expertise in inclusive practices and program management.
Bankauskas contributes her expertise to the EDC-led Center for Early Learning Professionals, providing technical assistance to early education programs that are committed to improving the quality of their services for children and families and advancing in Rhode Island’s quality continuum. Funded by Rhode Island’s Race to The Top–Early Learning Challenge grant, the Center is working to establish a high-quality state professional development system to support early childhood educators in enhancing young children’s learning and school readiness.
A published author, Bankauskas’s articles on early childhood curriculum and systems of staff support have appeared in statewide publications and the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Young Children magazine. She is also the author of “Teaching Chess to Young Children,” an article published in Young Children that NAEYC recommends as a resource that “fosters critical thinking and problem-solving skills in young children.”
Bankauskas has served as an Executive Board Member for the Rhode Island Child Care Directors Association (RICCDA), in which capacity she reviewed and provided written feedback to agencies regarding revisions to the state’s Department of Children, Youth and Families, Department of Education, quality ratings and improvement system (QRIS), and Department of Human Services (DHS) standards and policies. She participates in committees that are advancing several quality initiatives that focus on the revision and alignment of professional standards for early childhood and higher education systems.
Before joining EDC, Bankauskas was an education coordinator and program director for over 20 years, leading the Crayons Early Care and Education Center—a nationally accredited, fully inclusive early care and education program serving students with and without special health, behavioral and/or developmental needs. In 2014, Bankauskas was honored for this work and her “commitment and dedication to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities” during a session of the State of Rhode Island General Assembly.
Bankauskas received a BS in Psychology from Rhode Island College and an MEd in Early Childhood Administration & Leadership from Johnson and Wales University.