Joan Lombardi, Ph.D. is an international expert on child and family policy. She has spent more than 40 years in the field of child development as an innovative leader, policy advisor and public servant. She served in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2009-20011 and l993-1998. She lives in Washington D.C.
Blog Post List
August 15, 2019
Long time child advocate and former deputy assistant secretary for early childhood development, Joan Lombardi, urges us all to step up efforts to stand up for children. It seems like every day we hear disturbing news about children facing violence in their communities, being separated from their parents during immigration raids or border actions, hearing hate speech in the news and beyond…when will it stop? This current crisis is on top of the fact that one out of five young children are growing up in poverty, too many families face food and housing insecurity, and new parents celebrate the...
July 2, 2018
My father came to the United States when he was about 14 years old, full of the hope that every immigrant feels. He worked hard building houses, raising a family and teaching us to love our country. My mother, also a daughter of immigrants, shared his love and sense of justice. I can’t think of any other way to honor their lives than to stand up and speak out on the tragedy that continues to unfold on the United States southern border. After weeks of separating children and parents, far too many children remain separated, prolonging the stress and disorientation. The Administration has now...