Staff Categories Archives: Early Childhood

Patricia Canning

Patricia Canning is a former management consultant who has built a career in project management in the civic, non-profit and corporate areas. Through civic engagement, Patricia has spent the last 10 years advocating for equity in education for all children and addressing the achievement/opportunity gap for children. She brings her advocacy experience and her project management skills to ACNJ to focus on children ages 0 -3 years in the Right from the Start Campaign.

Patricia is committed to health and wellness for women and children and as a result, founded a women’s triathlon group specifically to inspire women to live their best lives through group fitness. Patricia received an MBA from the Simon School at the University of Rochester and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.

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Diane Dellanno

Diane Dellanno, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is a policy analyst and member of the early childhood team at ACNJ. Her primary role has been to develop an infant/toddler advocacy campaign to improve early learning policies, programs and funding for infants and toddlers in New Jersey. Diane has authored several issue briefs on topics related to infants and toddlers including: Out Of Reach, a look at the cost of quality child care in New Jersey and No Room For Babies, that examined the availability of infant-toddler child care in New Jersey; and Expensive, Frustrating and Scary: Parent Reveal the Realities of Finding Child Care for Babies in NJ. Diane has over 30 years’ experience in developing and implementing parenting education programs to assist parents in understanding how their children develop, foster positive parent-child relationships, support healthy child development and engage families in their child’s learning to ensure educational success. Prior to joining ACNJ in 2012, Diane served as a director of Early Childhood and Education Programs for Prevent Child Abuse – NJ. Diane received her B.A. from Montclair State University and her M.S.W. from Rutgers-The State University.

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Daynne Glover

Daynne Glover, is a Policy and Outreach Associate supporting New Jersey’s Pritzker Children’s Initiative, Think Babies and the Early Learning team at ACNJ. Daynne has held many roles supporting child care in New Jersey over the last 15 years. Prior to her role at ACNJ, Daynne was the Assistant Director of a county child care resource and referral agency (CCR&R) where she adapted federal and state policy to support the local delivery of child care services including parent-centered and data informed approaches. Daynne received her Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University and her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Children, Youth and Family Services from the Pennsylvania State University at University Park.

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Hannah Korn-Heilner

Hannah Korn-Heilner is the Outreach Coordinator at ACNJ, assisting the Early Learning Team by collecting stories from parents and providers, and helping to train advocates. She obtained her Master of Social Work with a concentration in Management and Policy from Rutgers University. Prior to graduate school, she worked at the New Jersey Community Development Corporation in Paterson, serving as the Assistant Director of a 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool program at John F. Kennedy High School. She also completed a year of AmeriCorps service with the same organization. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Ithaca College.

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Cynthia Rice

Cynthia Rice is an attorney and senior policy analyst on ACNJ’s early childhood team. Her responsibilities include identifying, monitoring, writing about and advocating for critical early childhood education issues, especially around preschool, child care and linking preschool to the early elementary years.

Cynthia works closely with state leaders and legislators to help make children a top priority and often showcases New Jersey’s success in presentations around the country on these topics. Prior to joining ACNJ in 2002, Cynthia spent three years as an assistant district attorney in Bronx County, New York.  She earned a J.D. from Pace University School of Law and a B.S. from Georgetown University.

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