Alyson Panzarella, Coordinator of Program Quality - a BrightStars Staff Member

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BrightStars, Rhode Island’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement system, assists families in finding care and recognizes and supports quality in early care and education programs.

Alyson Panzarella

Coordinator of Program Quality — ext. 313

Alyson Panzarella began her journey at RIAEYC/BrightStars/TEACH RI as a Program Assessment Intern in January 2014.

Following her internship, she began consulting for the agency in the assessment department. After gaining classroom experience as a preschool teacher in Warren, RI, Alyson joined the RIAEYC team as a BrightStars Navigator in December 2015. Since joining the team, Alyson has worked with over 200 child care centers, family child care providers, and school- age programs to assist them in the T-QRIS process and help them improve the quality of care they provide to Rhode Island’s children. She was also named the chair of the Community Engagement Committee of the NAEYC Young Professionals Advisory Council in November 2017.

Alyson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus in child settings from the University of Rhode Island. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Jurisprudence in Children’s Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago. There, her coursework includes international children’s rights, education law and policy, issues in school discipline, legislative advocacy, and children’s health law.