Suzanne Porco Clement is the Early Childhood Coordinator for Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.), the Regional Education Service Center for Southwestern Connecticut. Clement brings her deep knowledge of Connecticut’s early care and education system to her role on the PEER management team. A passionate advocate for high quality early childhood education experiences for children and families, Clement currently leads C.E.S. Professional Development Services' early childhood professional learning initiatives, serving public schools, community based early care and education programs and family child care programs. She joined C.E.S. in 2000 as the Family Coordinator at the Six-to-Six Magnet School, where she later held the titles of Family and Early Childhood Specialist and Early Childhood Coordinator.
Clement’s work is driven by a commitment to advancing equity and building the capacity of early childhood professionals through training, coaching and consulting opportunities that promote reflection. The topics of these opportunities range in topics from child development, curriculum and supporting diverse learners to family engagement and program leadership. Clement has been engaged in a number of Connecticut Office of Early Childhood projects and initiatives, including contributing to the development of state tools, guidance documents, and programming focused on standards, assessment and core competencies. Clement is a leading partner in the Bridgeport Social Emotional Learning Initiative, alongside the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and a state partner on the "Variation in Quality Interventions (VIQI): Examining the Quality-Child Outcomes Relationship in Child Care and Early Education" research study conducted by MDRC. Clement's experience as a classroom educator has included teaching in an elementary public school and a community-based early childhood education program. Clement has served as an Adjunct Professor at Housatonic Community College.
Education & Training
- MSEdBank Street College of Education, Early Childhood Leadership (2011)
- MSWheelock College, Family Support and Parenting Education (2000)
- BAConnecticut College, Child Development (1996)