Ms. Perkins is the state project director for NY Project LAUNCH, a SAMHSA funded initiative to improve the systems that serve young children and address their physical, emotional, social, cognitive and behavioral growth (project end date September 2015). Also a senior policy analyst for the New York State Council on Children and Families, she works closely with the staff of the Head Start Collaboration Project, the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) initiative, and the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) on early childhood, parenting and family literacy issues across the state. Since its inception in 2006, she has represented the Council as a principle member of the New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP).
Prior to joining the Council, she was an Even Start Family Literacy coordinator for seven years and an adult educator, specializing in child and family development/parenting education, for Cornell Cooperative Extension for seven years.
Susan holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Pennsylvania State University, is a member of the Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Parenting Education Network and serves on the board of the NYS Family Engagement Coalition (formerly the Parental Information & Resource Center (PIRC), Cornell University’s Parenting Work Team and New York’s Zero-to-Three Network. She has been named an honorary board member of Literacy Volunteers-Rensselaer County.