The Buffett Early Childhood Institute has named Dalhia Lloyd as associate director of professional learning.
Lloyd will oversee the implementation of multi-modal learning initiatives that aim to promote quality, continuity, and equity in early care and education, birth through Grade 3. She will also collaborate with Institute staff and external partners to develop and lead innovative, responsive, and collaborative professional learning initiatives.
Lloyd joined the Institute in 2015 as a program specialist, overseeing family and community facilitators as part of the Superintendents’ Early Childhood Plan.
The Kansas native previously served as director of early childhood education services at the Child Saving Institute in Omaha. Earlier, she worked for Cedars Youth Services as program manager, developing and implementing training for early childhood staff. Lloyd earned a bachelor’s degree in family science at the University of Nebraska ̶ Lincoln and a master’s degree in early childhood studies at Walden University. She is working on a Ph.D. in human sciences with a specialization in early childhood education at UNL. Last fall, she was named a policy research intern with First Five Nebraska.
“Dalhia’s experience and skills as an early childhood educator and leader make her an incredible asset to the Institute’s professional learning efforts,” said Amy Schmidtke, director of professional learning at the Institute. “With her expertise in early childhood equity we will be better equipped to reach for our vision that Nebraska become the best place in the nation to be a baby.”
“I am excited to take on this new role at the Institute,” Lloyd said, “and I look forward to supporting the learning and growth of the caring, dedicated early childhood professionals who are so important in the lives of children and families.”
She began her new duties at the Institute on Jan. 3.