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Cheryl Mitchell
Co-Director of the Early Childhood Leadership Institute
  • Co-Director of the Early Childhood Leadership Institute

Cheryl Mitchell lives on a three-generation farm; home base for her teaching, research, and social justice work. Her particular interests are issues that affect vulnerable families (childcare, health care, education, social policy, housing, immigration, youth justice and economic justice). She is fascinated by the relationships between people, place, spirit, and social action. She co-created the Addison County Parent/Child Center, the Vermont Parent/Child Center Network, the Addison County Community Trust (a housing and land preservation trust), the Vermont Children’s Forum (now Voices for Vermont’s Children), the Vermont Early Childhood Educator Licensure Project, and the Addison County Farm Worker Coalition. She served for ten years as Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Human Services under Governor Howard Dean. She is currently on the Board of Treleven, Inc. the Early Care and Learning Partnership, Inc. Nomadicare, and Beacon Hill Friends House. She has served on the Boards of Lets Grow Kids, the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Children’s Hospital.