Renae Visscher joined the Early Childhood Investment Corporation as the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant Project Manager in January of 2017. In this role, Ms. Visscher oversees a variety of projects and initiatives in areas related to Race to the Top with a focus on Pathway to Potential Counties throughout Michigan.
For two years prior to joining the Investment Corporation, Ms. Vissher worked at Child Care Resources, the Great Start to Quality Resource Center for Southwest, Michigan. She worked for six months as a Quality Improvement Consultant, working directly with Child Care Providers to develop plans to improve the quality of their programs. After a few months of working at the Resource Center, Renae was offered the role of Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Project Manager in Kalamazoo County. She managed the work of the Race to the Top Quality Improvement Specialist and Quality Improvement Consultant in Kalamazoo with Home Child Care Providers and a Subsidized Provider Cohort.
In addition to experience with Great Start to Quality, Renae worked for fifteen years with Lakeshore Head Start on the west side of the state. She transitioned through the years from a Center Administrator role to that of Training and Volunteer Manager. In this role, she managed the professional development of all employees, including continuing education and high quality training. She also recruited, trained and oriented volunteers, including parents, high school students, bachelor and graduate level interns. Working with children and families in need and seeing the change a Head Start experience could make sparked her passion for all children to have an equal chance for a quality Early Childhood experience.
Ms.Vissher received her Bachelor in Psychology with a Child Development emphasis from Grand Valley State University. She continued her education in 2009 and graduate with her Master’s of Business Administration from Cornerstone University in 2011.