Sr Early Childhood Specialist
Simpson Housing Services

Nedra R. Robinson is the Senior Early Childhood Specialist for Simpson Housing Services where she works with young parents experiencing homelessness. She is an adjunct instructor teaching undergraduate early childhood education courses at St. Paul College, MN and undergraduate and graduate early childhood education courses for Concordia University, St. Paul. She received her B.A. at Hamline University, St. Paul, and her M.A. Ed, Early Childhood Education at Concordia University, St. Paul.

Nedra has been an active member in the Minnesota early childhood professional community working in several capacities and roles for over 20 years. She is the Vice Chair for the Board of Directors of Child Care Aware of Minnesota. She is an active charter member, researcher, and trainer for the African American Babies Coalition. She is also a charter member of the Minnesota Black Child Development Institute Interest Group.

She consults and trains extensively on topics regarding early childhood education, multicultural education, diversity, and cultural issues. Through her work with the African American Baby Coalition and with Simpson Housing Services, she trains on trauma and how it affects families, children, and their development. She has written early childhood curriculum for several organizations, including the YWCA and most recently for the Talking is Teaching Project, an initiative of Mayor Betsy Hodges, and the city of Minneapolis, MN.

Nedra is passionate about the welfare of all children and consistently works with joy in her heart to that end! She feels that one of her most important responsibilities to children is to vigorously work toward the elimination of the achievement gap.

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