Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Sonja Howard

Director, NAFCC Accreditation


338A Wishcamper Center

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Phone: (207) 230-0114

Sonja Howard is an Accreditation Facilitator at Maine Roads to Quality. Her role is to provide support and technical assistance to cohorts of family child care providers seeking NAFCC accreditation and to cohorts of center based directors whose programs are seeking NAEYC accreditation. She has been trained to be a NAEYC validator and an NAFCC observer. Sonja has over 22 years of experience in the field of early childhood education. She has been director and assistant director of two lab schools in Maine; at UMF and Westbrook College (now UNE.) She has been a family child care provider and has many years of experience supporting and training family child care providers. She has enjoyed being an adjunct faculty member for UMF, UNE, SMTC, and EMTC teaching a variety of courses. Additionally, Sonja has worked for Head Start as a program manager for center based and home based options. She is a CDA advisor and trainer. Sonja has a B.S. from the University of Maine at Farmington and an M.S. from Wheelock College in Early Childhood Education.

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