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Laura A. Long, president of Wordsworth Editorial Services, is a freelance writer and editor with specialized experience in early childhood education, youth development, nonprofit management, and public policy. She has edited books and articles in the areas of economics, business, and psychology, and has supervised and edited research projects in early childhood education and after-school programs. Ms. Long holds a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and has more than 25 years of editorial experience including working for daily newspapers and editing and writing materials for nonprofit organizations. With a Master of Science in family studies from Wheelock College, Boston, Ms. Long has written and presented parent education programs, designed and administered training workshops and conferences, and directed community initiatives aimed at improving the quality and accessibility of children and youth programs. Among her accomplishments are establishing Orange County’s first Star-Quality Rating and Improvement System for child care centers, and launching Orange County Child Care Connections, a collaboration that aims to increase child care facilities in the county. Ms. Long has held leadership positions on the Board of Directors of the California Association for the Education of Young Children and the Orange County Child Care and Development Planning Council, and has led advocacy and public policy efforts for child care and children’s issues. The mother of two daughters, Laura lives with her husband, David Smith, in Irvine, California.


Richard B. McKenzie, PhD, Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine, Jay Slosar, PhD, clinical psychologist, John McCormick, Chicago Tribune, Anne Broussard, Orange County Child Care Coordinator,