Writer and activist Susan Ochshorn is a catalyst for social change, working to ensure the well-being and rights of young children and those entrusted with their education and care. A former journalist, she has written for CNN Opinion, the Los Angeles TimesEducation WeekParenting, and many other publications. Susan had a long run blogging at ECE Policy Matters, carved a niche for early childhood at Huffington Post, and is the author of Squandering America’s Future – Why ECE Policy Matters for Equality, Our Economy, and Our Children. These days, she continues to nurture the next generation, including five delicious grandchildren (four human, one canine), while working on a book about play as the foundation for democracy and civil society.