Families, Parks and Recreation
Mayor's Children and Education Initiative
"For every child... health, education, equality, protection. Advance humanity."
Office of Children and
Lisa Early, Director of Children and Education
Prior to her November 2003 appointment as the City’s first Director
of Children & Education, Lisa Early worked helping children in the United States and abroad.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human
Development and Family Studies from Cornell University in 1981, Ms.
Early moved to the Dominican Republic, where she worked with UNICEF
to develop preschool education programs for children living in rural
villages. Next, she worked with the U.S. Agency for International
Development, overseeing programs to improve the health of mothers
and children living in poverty. Upon her return to the United States
in 1990, Ms. Early developed and became Executive Director of The
Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families, which under her
leadership grew from a $1 million organization to a $12 million
entity helping Orlando’s children overcome developmental delays,
protecting them from abuse, providing them healthcare when
uninsured, and offering hope to HIV-positive women, children and
families. Ms. Early is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and
also speaks some Swahili.