Carla Bryant

Executive Director

Dr. Carla Bryant has over thirty years of national experience creating culturally competent policies, programs, and procedures for comprehensive early learning, P-3, elementary, family support and after-school programs. She is the creator of the District Innovation and Leadership for Early Education, an initiative of the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation. The initiative focus is to support school districts succeed in creating and implementing effective early learning structures that assist children from communities with less social, political, and monetary capital build a strong educational foundation.  

Previously as the Chief of the Early Education Department for San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), she was responsible for administrating 12 early education schools with prekindergarten (PK) through transitional kindergarten (TK) students, supporting 74 elementary schools aligning curriculum and instruction PK-3rd grade, and integrating community based PreK and District practices with the assistance of City departments (i.e., First 5 SF, Office Early Care and Education). During her tenure, SFUSD’s kindergarten readiness benchmark improved from 37% to 55% in three years.   

Before going to SFUSD, Carla was a strategic advisor for the City of Seattle where she co-created Seattle Early Education Collaborative (SEEC). SEEC is a community based early learning system that joined disparately funded programs (federal, state, local, and private) into one system that included joint assessment & accountability, professional development, and transition processes. SEEC was an integral part of the Seattle Public Schools P-3 model and was highlighted by the National League of Cities (NLC) as one of four cities with progressive plans to align the early learning and K-12 education systems. Dr. Bryant received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in special education, M.Ed. in early childhood education from Georgia State University, and BBA in business from the University of Central Oklahoma.