Alex Cooper and Diane Girouard of CCAoA and Kim Kofron of CHILDREN AT RISK
Alex Cooper is Child Care Aware® of America’s Geospatial Research Analyst. He works on the research team in mapping and data analysis to evaluate and advocate for child care. Diane is currently the State Policy Analyst at Child Care Aware. Prior to this role, Diane was a policy analyst focused on child nutrition with the Food Research & Action Center. Diane also worked as a policy analyst for several years under both houses of the New York State Legislature on the education and higher education committees. Kim Kofron is the Director of Early Childhood for Children at Risk. Previously, she served as the Executive Director for the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children from 2014-2021. She hails from the great state of Illinois receiving her Bachelor of Science in Child Development from the University of Illinois but found her way to Texas where she received her Master’s in Education in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Texas. Ms. Kofron has worked in many capacities in early childhood, working in both for-profit and non-profit child care settings as a 3-year-old teacher to Director to Manager of Education for a multi-site statewide child care company in Texas. Kofron has served on Governor Perry’s Commission on Licensing Standards and currently serves on Governor Abbott’s Texas Early Learning Council.