Sheila Orphanides

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Sheila Orphanides
Training and Technical Assistance Associate II

Mailing Address: 

535 Centerville Road, Suite 201
Warwick, RI 02886



Sheila Grant Orphanides has extensive expertise in promoting the optimal health and development of children from birth to age three as a teacher, administrator, researcher, early intervention specialist, consultant, and professional development provider.

Orphanides leads the design and delivery of research-based professional development focused on the care and education of infants and toddlers and the social and emotional development of young children for EDC's Center for Early Learning Professionals. She also creates professional development that supports the use of the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS-R) in child care programs, in alignment with Rhode Island’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) standards, and is one of the only professionals in Rhode Island certified in the Toddler and Infant Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) assessment tool.

The co-author of “Toward a Definition of Quality Inclusion: Perspectives of Parents and Practitioners” (Journal of Early Intervention), Orphanides served on a committee that worked with the Rhode Island Department of Education to develop the Rhode Island Fun Family Activities for Infants and Toddlers. She presents at the annual conferences of organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exception Children. 

Prior to joining EDC, Orphanides was a Quality Improvement Specialist for BrightStars, Rhode Island's QRIS. In this role, she led an initiative—the BrightStars Peer Network Pilot Project—that drew upon research to create an alternate and collaborative form of professional development. She also taught graduate and undergraduate education courses at Rhode Island College and, as a research assistant at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill, contributed to the development of an assessment tool that measures the quality of inclusive experiences in early care education settings.

Orphanides received her BA in Human Development from Colby College and her MS in Early Intervention/Birth to Three from Wheelock College.