About Opportunities Exchange

Mission

Our mission is rooted in the concept that building adult capabilities improves child outcomes, the theory of change behind the work at the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child. We seek to facilitate change across the early care and education (ECE) system on two levels: by providing technical assistance to ECE providers interested in transforming the business of early care and education to improve child outcomes, and by shaping public policy and finance to incentivize high quality, sustainable ECE for young children. We believe that the formation of Shared Service Alliances enables ECE providers to build and sustain strong organizations, in which they are able to focus on their mission, create positive work environments and growth opportunities for staff, and offer high-quality early learning services.

Background

Opportunities Exchange is a nonprofit consulting group cofounded in 2009 by John Weiser of BWB Solutions, and Louise Stoney of the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance, to further the development of Shared Service Alliances in the ECE sector. BWB Solutions is a national consulting practice whose core mission is to serve clients and organizations seeking to create a more just society. The Alliance for Early Childhood Finance is a partnership dedicated to seeking more rational financing of early care and education in America through inquiry, analysis and communication among early care and education policy activists.

Our work is incubated at Third Sector New England, a Fiscal Sponsor that offers a home for unincorporated groups, projects and grassroots coalitions that are building stronger communities and providing leadership in the nonprofit field.

Our Team

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Karen Murrell

Libbie Poppick

Louise Stoney

John Weiser

What We Do

Build Awareness and Understanding

  • Curate and create tools and resources
  • Support a national learning community through conferences, webinars and social media

Implementation

  • Needs assessment and feasibility studies
  • Business planning and implementation assistance
  • Cost modeling and fiscal analysis

System-building

  • Policy development and analysis
  • Stakeholder engagement – share progress, note challenges, identify promising solutions and practices