“The Westbrook Children’s Project helps support children and families to ensure that all students are ready for kindergarten.”

– Hannah Gundersdorf, Kindergarten Teacher,
Westbrook School Department

Early Childhood Advisory Group


This Work Group uses data to understand community strengths and needs, develop goals, identify and implement strategies, and coordinate to help children and families have a positive start in their education experience.

Darlene Bruns, Westbrook Vocational Center, Early Childhood Occupation Instructor

Bethany Carragher, Assistant Director of Special Services, Westbrook School Department

Susan Carroll, Director of CDA Development Center, The Opportunity Alliance

Kevin Dean, Head Start and Early Head Start, The Opportunity Alliance

Brooke Gordon, Senior Case Manager, Woodfords Family Services

Hannah Gundersdorf, Kindergarten Teacher, Westbrook School Department

Karlene Hafemann, Community Health Promotion Specialist, City of Portland Public Health Division

Peter Lancia, PhD, Superintendent of Schools, Westbrook School Department

Pam Leo, Book Fairy Pantry Project

Laurie Mack, Executive Director, Northeast Hearing and Speech

Jodi Mezzanotte, Assistant Superintendent, Westbrook School Department

Kara Reiman, Youth Services Librarian, Walker Memorial Library

Sasha Shunk, Shunk Child Care

Jennifer Murphy Wescott, Feels Like Home Day Daycare

Kathy Young, Children’s Programming, Westbrook Community Center

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Our Impact

Learn about our work supporting early learning and school readiness.