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The mission of Invest in Children is to mobilize resources and research to promote the well-being of all young children in Cuyahoga County.  We provide a continuum of targeted services, prenatal to kindergarten, for children and their families; build awareness; advocate; and measure our impact.  We aim to achieve equity in access to services and eliminate racial/ethnic disparities in child and family outcomes.  

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Office of Early Childhood Staff:

Rebekah Dorman, Ph.D., Director 
(216) 348-3972

Marcos Cortes, Program Manager  
(216) 698-2586 

Marcos Cortes is a Program Manager for Invest in Children and currently oversees our Home Visiting Programs with over $3 million in public and private funding allocated to these programs. He has held previous positions with the Cuyahoga County Tapestry System of Care as Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator and at United Way of Greater Cleveland as Assistant Director for Youth and Families. Marcos holds a Master of Public Administration degree (MPA) from Cleveland State University. 

Mary Delaney, Administrative Assistant  
(216) 443-6577

Sonya Hickman-Coleman, Budget Officer
(216) 698-2214

John G. Ladd, Program Officer
(216) 443-6583

John serves as a Program Officer and has responsibility for multiple Invest In Children programs and functions; including:, the county's Child Fatality Review Program, internal and external communications activities, grant writing and reporting, and other special projects. John has worked his entire career in maternal and child health, and joined Invest In Children in 2013. John holds a Master of Nonprofit Organizations degree (MNO) from Case Western Reserve University.


Daniel Moss, UPK Program Manager

Daniel serves as a UPK Program Manager overseeing 31 UPK sites. In addition to overseeing the UPK sites he manages scholarship applications and digital upgrades to the UPK program. Daniel has a Bachelor of Arts from Hampton University, a Master of Education in Early Education: Curriculum and Instruction with teaching certificate from Cleveland State University and is a lifelong member of PI Lambda Theta, the International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education. Prior to Invest in Children, Daniel was an intervention specialist for K-3 students.

Shawna Rohrman, Evaluation Manager  

As the Evaluation Manager, Shawna oversees the evaluation of programs funded by Invest In Children to help ensure that the programs are successful in meeting their goals. She is a sociologist whose work has focused on health inequality among adolescents and young adults. Prior to working with Invest In Children, Shawna was an Assistant Professor of Sociology teaching topics such as statistics, urban social problems, and health & illness. Shawna has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University.

Qianna Tidmore, UPK 2.0 Program Manager

Qianna Tidmore has worked in Early Childhood administration for over 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Akron in Political Science and a Masters of Early Childhood: Curriculum & Instruction from Cleveland State University.  As the Universal Pre-K 2.0 Program Manager, she oversees the 37 UPK 2.0 sites consisting of Family Child Care Homes, Child Care Centers, and School Districts.  Qianna is passionate about advocating for Early Childhood initiatives and best practices! 

Robert O. Staib, Associate Director  
(216) 443-6580

Robert Staib is a Social Worker who, for over thirty years, has pursued a passion for public health and human services as a means for transformational change. His is currently the Associate Director of Invest in Children, Cuyahoga County's early childhood initiative. In this capacity he has overall responsibility for implementation of program strategies and internal operations, program evaluation, and he provides oversight to the budgeting and contracting processes.

Alyssa Swiatek, Family Engagement Coordinator 
(216) 348-3971

Alyssa is passionate about unlocking every young child’s potential, empowering parents, and providing system level advocacy to meet the needs of all families.  As Family Engagement Coordinator, she will oversee the implementation of the Aspen Institute’s 2GEN Approach, a state of the art strategy to enhance UPK family engagement practices.  She has a M.Ed in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Cleveland State and has worked with families for the past 14 years.