Advancement of learning for the enrichment of lives.

Our Staff

Our diverse staff represents the fields of Education, Child Development, Workforce Development, Management, Social Work, Policy Development, Business, and Research and Evaluation.  

   Linda Warren, Ph.D., Founder and President of ECA, Inc. & the Warren Institute

“Don’t go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson     


Dr. Warren has had an impact nationally and in Massachusetts as a researcher and evaluator in early education and care, special education and  across educational settings to identify conditions that successfully produce change for students and teachers.  Dr. Warren’s trainings, meeting facilitations, and   workshops are legendary.  She has an excellent reputation among clients and staff alike for being an effective, knowledgeable teacher, a charismatic presenter, and a wonderful partner to clients who is generous with her time, intellect and energy.


On the national level, she has worked with Federal and State Departments of Education and Health and Human Services to formulate educational policy,    research and evaluation, program planning, service delivery, staff training and media/resource development.  Dr. Warren conducted evaluations of five Early Reading First (ERF) program in Maine, Massachusetts and Michigan. She implemented a USDOE Field Initiated Research Study to examine the effects of different reading approaches on children’s language and literacy skills using randomized treatment and control groups in public school settings. Linda has designed efficacy studies on the impact of mentor-coaching on student outcomes and teacher behavior.  She piloted the Recognition and Response Model in early intervention programs and preschool settings, led national trainings on the Learning Disability Project, and anchored the Steps to Success (STS) Mentor-Coaching Instructional Design Program for the Office of Head Start.

In Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, Dr. Warren directed the State Universal PreK Child Assessment Project, which led to a model for disseminating assessment information and supporting skill development of teachers of young children. Dr. Warren helped launch the inclusion model in public and private schools in Massachusetts and was awarded a multimillion dollar federal grant from the US Office of Education to do so.  She has helped the University of Massachusetts access funding to develop an International Research Center for Rebuilding after Disasters and partnered with Tufts University to design a Head Start /University Partnership examining the efficacy of different professional development approaches in supporting school readiness outcomes. Recently, she successfully worked with community representatives in Lynn and Lowell to develop comprehensive and coordinated Community and Family Engagement Strategic Plans for families with children birth to eight years.

Finally, Dr. Warren has designed cutting edge curricula based on sound theory and practice.  She created the For Grandparent Only Program to support grandparents and kin caregivers of children unable to live with their parents.  Dr. Warren received a federal Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) Grant to develop the JumpStart Family Literacy Guides.

Dr. Warren received her doctorate in Special Education/Educational Research from the University of Alabama. She was a public school teacher, a professor at the University of Hawaii and Wheelock College, where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in human growth and development, assessment, special education, psychology, and leadership.


    Benita Danzing, M.B.A.

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

Frederick Douglass              

 Benita Danzing possesses broad knowledge of applied research in the many areas of child well-being, including poverty, PreK-12 education, health, safety, community collaboration, and nutrition. Her strengths reside in shaping data into client reports that improve program quality and sustainability, communicating research results to convey clear and compelling messages, and managing projects. At ECA & the Warren Institute, Ms. Danzing has served as a strategic planning consultant, developed school turnaround plans for underperforming schools, and managed numerous State and Federal evaluation projects.  Recently, Ms. Danzing served as a Data Consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation funded Massachusetts Kids Count Project. In this role, she produced annual Kids Count reports, wrote targeted issues papers on child well-being, and participated in the New England Poverty Consortium. She has an MBA from the College of William and Mary.

    Ann Ramminger

Very great change starts from very small conversations, held among people who care. Margaret Wheatley

Margaret Wheatley

Ann Ramminger, MS understands the importance of cross system collaboration based on her experience in a variety of early childhood systems, including Head Start,    public schools, special education, home visiting, child care, mental health, universities, and state early childhood systems. With a BS in Child Development, MS in Leadership in Adult and Continuing Education and Certificates in Reflective Practices/Infant-Early-Childhood-Family Mental Health, Ann has a solid understanding of high quality early childhood practices, adult learning principles and reflective practices. Ms. Ramminger has co-authored three books about child development through Redleaf Press focusing on nutrition, cognition and social emotional development. She is passionate about connecting and presenting research and practice for the early childhood profession, related professionals and the public, in practical, user-friendly and accessible ways.

     Lisa Sullivan, B.A., Business Administration

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.

Vince Lombardi

Lisa Sullivan is responsible conducting primary and secondary research, and for recording, reporting and analyzing data for client projects and reports. As a reliable CLASS observer, Lisa conducts classroom observations in a variety of early education and care settings. She has collaborated with school administrators to gain an understanding of resources available for improving overall school climate and promoting the importance of social/emotional and physical health and well-being of children. Before joining ECA & the Warren Institute, Ms. Sullivan worked for 13 years at Dun and Bradstreet in information services, sales and marketing.  Ms. Sullivan received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Boston College.


    Esprene Liddell-Quintyn, MA


Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.

Sam Levenson

Esprene Liddell-Quintyn, MA, is a Research Associate at Early Childhood Associates, Inc who is passionate about developing research that informs practice. Before joining ECA, she provided psychosocial support to children from low income families and completed international research focused on examining practices public schools can implement to teach children in their native language. Since joining ECA, she has provided research support for the Maine Preschool Expansion Grant and has offered technical support in quantitative and qualitative analysis. Esprene is a proud alumna of Penn State Harrisburg where she earned her master’s degree in Community Psychology

Marsha Miller, M.Ed.

When excellence is possible, good is not good enough.

Marsha Miller has worked as an early education teacher, director, mentor, and has extensive experience helping systems implement curriculum, assessment, and ongoing professional development in public school and Head Start programs. Ms. Miller presents nationally, statewide, and regionally to provide early education leaders and practitioners current knowledge in research based practices and ensuring that those living in poverty have access to high quality early education programs. With an emphasis on emergent literacy, she has served as Project Director for two ERF Programs in Northern Michigan – Kalkaska CARES – Children Acquiring Reading Essential Skills and TLC – Teaching Literacy Collaboratively.  At ECA & the Warren Institute, Ms. Miller conducts CLASS evaluations to measure classroom quality and serves as a consultant to support State Early Childhood Advisory Councils in developing communication strategies. She coordinates a federally funded Zero to Three Child Care Partnership and is a Head Start consultant and program reviewer.

John M. Crapps, Ph.D.

One of the most satisfying aspects of our – ECA’s – evaluation work with Family Literacy Projects is being able to “hold up a mirror” to the true heroes in the literacy effort – those who work directly with children and families as well as the families themselves.”

Dr. John Crapps is an Associate Professor of Professional Studies and Human Development at Wheelock College.  He is an internationally known researcher in the areas of child and family development and disabilities research.  His work focuses on conducting program evaluations, survey research, secondary analysis, and observational research with ECA and university-related projects on families, children, and developmental disabilities among families with socio-economic disadvantages.  Dr. Crapps teaches courses on research methodology and analysis at Wheelock College.