Ericka Farag is a 2023-2024 Teach Plus Illinois Early Childhood Educator Policy Fellow. Ericka is an instructional coordinator, supporting coaches and teachers of children birth to 5 years old at Easterseals in Chicago, Illinois. She focuses on providing support for the teaching practices of teachers in community childcare centers in the Chicagoland area to maximize the quality of the early education experience. Over her 28 years of service to early childhood, Ericka has served as an executive director, education manager, center director, family support coordinator, certified teacher, and teacher’s aide. She earned her BA in psychology from the University of Nevada and her Illinois teaching certification from the University of Illinois.