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Wendy Waithe Simmons, PhD

MN WFS Project Director, State Services


work on the state services team providing technical assistance and project management to Minnesota’s whole-family system efforts.

I do this work because…

I believe that all children deserve to have the opportunity to have multiple pathways to success. I have a specific interest in developing and implementing programs for children from various backgrounds who have been experiencing social, behavioral, and/or academic challenges, particularly for children birth through five years of age. To that end, it is important to provide support in the various contexts in which children thrive, including but not limited to family, care and education, health, and neighborhood settings.

Work History

  • Executive Director of New Haven Children’s Ideal Learning District (NH ChILD)
  • Director of Education and Equity, Director of the Connecticut College and Career Readiness Alliance, and Manager of the Voices’ Associate Policy Fellows Program at Connecticut Voices for Children (Voices)
  • Director for Development, Community Affairs, & Equity, and Director of the SERC Foundation

Doctoral training in School Psychology at the University of South Carolina and post-doctoral child clinical training at the Child Study Center at Yale University.