Lena Ko is an advisor in early childhood education and school-family-community partnerships at Education Northwest. She has over 20 years experience training and coaching educators, coordinating professional development and technical assistance in model early childhood teaching centers, and consulting and technical writing for various education agencies. She has worked to help develop a state-wide family resource center project, as well as several federal grant initiatives to help communities improve outcomes for children and families. She has experience working with culturally diverse populations, in unique settings including children with special needs, at a therapeutic preschool. In addition to this book, she has co-authored an Education Northwest publication on a school process called The School PASS (Practices for All Students Success) that focuses on assessing and preparing for the needs of new and diverse students.