Ruth Chvojicek has worked across a wide range of early childhood programs in her 36 plus years in the field. In the early years of her professional career she taught in child care, Head Start and in a school district. She has worked in classroom settings as well as home visitation programs. In 1992 Ruth began working for Cooperative Educational Service Agency 5 (CESA 5) – Portage Project and has worked with a variety of federal and state grant programs to provide training and technical assistance to early childhood professionals in Head Start, child care, school districts and Birth-3 Programs. Ruth has a passion for developing and providing high quality professional development whether it is a conference workshop, statewide training or national webinar. She recently transitioned out of the role as DPI’s Indicator 7 Child Outcomes Statewide Coordinator and currently provides technical assistance to Birth-3 county programs in the southern part of Wisconsin, coordinates Birth-3 program professional development within the state and is also the co-developer/coordinator of Portage Project’s Family Service Credential.
Ruth has also had the privilege of working on several statewide initiatives over the years. She was part of an awesome team that developed the second edition of the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and also the first statewide training on the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. She was the first Community Collaboration Coach in the northeast region of Wisconsin and supported many communities in starting up their community 4K program. And, with her friends Mary and Nola, Ruth co-authored the books, “Transition Magician II” and “Transition Magician for Families”.
Ruth and her husband of 36 years, Ken, have two children – Jennifer and Benjamin and four delightful grandchildren – Robert, Maya, Andrew and Eva. Outside of work, Ruth’s favorite pastimes are cooking, knitting, quilting, building projects with her husband, boating, swimming, reading and relaxing on the deck overlooking the wood’s and flower gardens around her home outside of Portage, WI.