Rick Mockler, Founder
Rick launched Early Intel after serving as Chief Quality Improvement Officer for the National Head Start Association. At NHSA he staffed the Monitoring Redesign Task Force which informed the overhaul of the Aligned Monitoring System. While at NHSA, he also partnered with the University of Chicago to develop an assessment for family engagement, and oversaw planning and content for the Early Childhood Innovation Summit and Manager & Director Academy.
Rick began his career developing local youth and family programs for Catholic Charities in Oakland, California. He went on to lead Catholic Charities of California and then to start a community development company, CoHousing Partners. He later served as Executive Director of the California Head Start Association, where he oversaw professional development for program directors and managers, launched a Family Development Credential statewide, and championed legislative initiatives that streamlined assessment and licensing requirements.
Rick was introduced to child development while helping his daughter learn baby signs as participants in the first major research on the subject, by UC Davis. He holds a BA in Political Science, MA in liberation theology, MPA in organization change and a certificate from the UCLA Anderson School’s Head Start Management Fellows Program. He loves working on hacks to make life easier for classroom teachers and the line staff who serve families.
What Our Clients Say
"Rick is extremely knowledgeable about Head Start policies, services, and quality standards. He has amazing people and communication skills, is organized and the consummate professional. Rick worked directly with the CHSA Board for seven years during my tenure as President of the Board. The board is made up of 30+ Head Start directors, staff, parents and partners. In this capacity, he represented Head Start to the State and Federal government and facilitated policy development to support Head Start programs throughout California. Rick has had a major impact on the quality of the programs through a number of initiatives. His love of data and making sense of how programs use data to support infrastructure and growth continue to widen his impact."
Pamm Shaw, Vice President
Early Childhood Impact, YMCA of the East Bay
Former President, California Head Start Association
"Rick is politically savvy and understands how to think "outside the box." He showed leadership as an association director and had the ability to mobilize others to action. I would work together with him anytime on any project. His ethics are solid as a rock."
Lisa Rea, President & Founder
Restorative Justice International
"Rick expresses ideas in a thoughtful and interesting way…and delivers ahead of schedule. His intelligence, depth of knowledge, and responsiveness all make him a pleasure to work with. More important, those qualities mean plenty will be eager to hear his thinking."
Mark Athitakis, Senior Editor
Associations Now, ASAE and the Center for Association Leadership
"Rick brings a broad range of skills and exceptional thinking to any endeavor he takes on. He has excellent people skills, is well read, and is a joy to work with. I worked very closely with Rick over the course of several years as we started an innovative development firm. Rick brought to that endeavor his range of people, analytical, and political skills. He's the guy you can throw anything at, and he'll figure it out and come back with a better approach than you ever considered, and then explain how it fits in with broader political and demographic trends."
Kathryn McCamant, President