Nicole Rose

Assistant Director, Quality Practice and Professional Growth (QPPG) Division, Washington State Department of Early Learning

Nicole Rose is the Assistant Director for the Quality Practice and Professional Growth (QPPG) division with the Department of Early Learning. She comes to this position from her former role as the PreK-3rd/Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) Administrator. Nicole’s current focus is on building a unified high-quality system of early learning and creating bright futures for all children. This work includes preschool expansion to reach entitlement by Fall 2020, integration and alignment of Early Achievers (Washington’s Quality Rating and Improvement System), ECEAP and other key PreK-3rd continuum systems building initiatives including, WaKIDS and strengthening the early learning professional development. Nicole brings a variety of experience from early childhood settings including Head Start and ECEAP, community-based mobilization work and research and evaluation of Evidence-Based Home Visiting in Washington State.

Nicole is passionate about putting best practice into policy so that all of Washington’s children have the chance to be successful. Nicole has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently working toward a Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.