Dr. Calvin Moore

Opening Ceremony Speaker

March 3rd, 2020 – 8:30 am ET

Since 2015 Dr. Moore has been a Senior Technical Analyst for ICF International, a federal contractor for the Office of Child Care in Washington, DC. He was previously the Child Care Administrator for the state of Alabama. As the Child Care Services Division Director at the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) he was responsible for implementing the statewide strategic goals and objectives of the division. Oversight included Child Care Licensing, the Child Care Subsidy Program, the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership program, Quality Initiatives, and the Training and Technical Assistance projects. During his tenure Dr. Moore expanded the child care services division by securing public funding for the DHR Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership program and private funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to establish Alabama Quality STARS, the statewide Quality Rating and Improvement System.

Dr. Moore formerly served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Child Care in the Administration for Children and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC. As the OCC Deputy Director, Dr. Moore was responsible for supervising the Regional Program Managers in the ten ACF Regional Offices across the country.
Dr. Moore has over twenty years of Head Start experience having worked as an Executive Director, Head Start Director, Education Manager, Center Director, Education Specialist, Teacher and Teacher Assistant. Dr. Moore’s tenure working in Head Start programs has been eclectic having served in both large and small programs, urban and rural programs, center-based and family child care based programs, as well as programs serving predominantly Hispanic families. Dr. Moore is a Head Start graduate and has long been a vocal advocate and example of the program’s success.

Dr. Moore holds a BS degree in early childhood education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a MS in Education degree and a PhD in Early Childhood Education from Walden University. His dissertation topic was The Sociological Factors that Affect the Retention of Male Early Childhood Teachers. In 1992 while working as a Head Start Teacher Assistant, Dr. Moore earned a preschool Child Development Associate (CDA) credential from the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington DC, where he currently serves on the Board of Directors. He has written an early childhood curriculum supplement, The Thinking Book Curriculum for Early Childhood Professionals. Dr. Moore is also the author of several other books—Men Do Stay: Recruiting and Retaining Qualified Male Early Childhood Teachers, Find Your Happy: Seven Steps to a More Fulfilling Life, Agape Declarations, and Givers and Takers: Understanding Complex Relationship Dynamics.

Dr. Moore currently lives in Fairfield, Alabama with his wife and two daughters. In 2016 Dr. Moore received a Literary Award from A.I.M and New Light Ministries for Agape Declarations, Houston, TX and the Maria Otto Award for Leadership from the National Family Child Care Association (NAFCC), a national membership organization devoted to making sure that the profession of family child care is recognized, visible, and firmly part of the larger early care and education field. This is the highest honor given by NAFCC. In 2011 Dr. Moore received the Billy McCain, Sr., Memorial Award from the Alabama Head Start Association for his work as an advocate for family child care programs. In 2008 Dr. Moore was the first African American elected President of the NAFCC. Dr. Moore has worked as an adjunct professor for Lawson State Community College, Jefferson State Community College, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Strayer University, and Miles College.