Writer, activist, and policy analyst, Susan Ochshorn works to integrate early childhood into the education reform conversation and to catalyze social change. 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 utterly delicious grandchildren (four human, one canine), while working on a book about play as the foundation for democracy and civil society.