Caroline Pietrangelo Owens helps ensure a well-prepared early childhood workforce, leading to higher quality preschool programs and ultimately to improved outcomes for young children.
She serves as the Project Director for the Faculty Initiative Project (FIP), housed within the Center for Child & Family Studies at WestEd.
The Faculty Initiative Project supports faculty by aligning content and competencies of key California Department of Education/Child Development Division publications with core early childhood education/child development curricula in the California Community College and California State University systems. This project is funded by the Department’s Child Development Division.
In addition, Pietrangelo Owens oversees and contributes to the development, writing, and dissemination of Faculty Initiative Project Instructional Guides. These materials are distributed through statewide seminars for higher education faculty as well as through the Facultiy Initiative Project website.
Prior to joining WestEd, Pietrangelo Owens served as the Project Director of the CDE/Early Childhood Education Faculty Initiative Project at the California Institute on Human Services at Sonoma State University.
She is also an experienced teacher and administrator of programs serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and has worked in the field of early childhood education since 1987.
Pietrangelo Owens has taught undergraduate courses in the California Community College system and has been an instructor for the University of California Davis Extension since 2001.
Pietrangelo Owens received a Bachelor’s degree in human development and a Master’s degree in leadership in education/college instruction, both from Pacific Oaks College.