43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313
Lori Coletti, an early care and education expert, has extensive experience in promoting continuous quality improvement in Head Start, Early Head Start (EHS), pre-kindergarten (pre-K) programs, and community-based child care centers. She is a certified trainer in CLASS™—an instrument to assess teacher-child interactions in program improvement plans—and applies a deep knowledge of child development, evidence-based practices, and federal and state standards to support programs in their continuous improvement efforts. She brings expertise in supervision and program management, curriculum design, and child assessment to her work.
For Rhode Island’s Center for Early Learning Professionals that EDC co-leads, Coletti serves as Project Manager for the Rhode Island Pre-K Professional Development and Technical Assistance Project. She oversees and provides content-focused and research-based innovative professional development (PD) and technical assistance (TA) services to state Pre-K program staff, to support their ability to design and deliver high-quality services leading to improved child outcomes. Coletti also provides leadership and mentoring to Center staff, and synthesizes data and feedback from PD and TA services to plan further targeted support. In addition, she contributes to the design and delivery of professional development programs to build the capacity of early childhood educators, with an emphasis on strengthening professional development for early childhood teachers.
Previously, Coletti served as the lead literacy coach for one of EDC’s Early Reading First grants from the US Department of Education.
Coletti has served on a number of boards and committees focused on advancing early childhood quality improvement. She contributed her expertise to the development of the Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers, and served on the Massachusetts SpecialQuest State Leadership Team as well as the Rhode Island Workforce Knowledge and Competencies Task Force. She was also part of a task force that developed the Early Head Start Organizational Readiness Chart, a start-up planning guide for new and expanding EHS programs, and served on the Early Head Start Technical Work Group.
Before joining EDC, Coletti was an early education teacher, program director, early interventionist, and college instructor.
Coletti received her BS and MS degrees from Wheelock College. She is a recipient of the Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Community Services Award.