Barbara Smith’s areas of interest include early intervention, early childhood special education, and early care and education policies, leadership, professional development systems and collaboration. She has been an early childhood teacher; Executive Director of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC); Policy Specialist, CEC; and Program Specialist, US Office of Special Education Programs. Barbara has worked with NAEYC and other early childhood leadership organizations to help shape quality inclusive early childhood environments and the policies and guidelines that support them including serving on the NAEYC Commission to develop the current program accreditation criteria. She has published widely on the topic of EC policy and systems, presented testimony to state legislative and Congressional committees and has provided consultation to states on state policy. She has served as faculty on CSEFEL and TACSEI, and currently, she is a consultant with the Pyramid Model Consortium and with the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center). She is co-author of The Preschool Inclusion Toolbox: How to Build and Lead a High-Quality Program.