About Opportunities Exchange


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.


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 fiscal sponsor is Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), whose mission is to empower, encourage, and catalyze projects that facilitate progressive change in areas of social and environmental justice. Our projects provide constructive innovations at grassroots levels and long-term cultural transformation to create a more socially just and environmentally sustainable world.

Our Team

Louise Stoney

Sharon Easterling


Amy Friedlander

Kate Heilman Byrne

Linda Lee Dunphy

What We Do

Build Awareness and Understanding

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


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


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