Rick Mockler

Rick Mockler

Principal of Early Intel

Rick Mockler serves as Principal of Early Intel, a firm specializing in performance data and quality improvement for early childhood providers. He previously served as Chief Quality Improvement Officer for the National Head Start Association, where he staffed the Monitoring Redesign Task Force which informed the current federal monitoring system. While at NHSA, he 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 previously served as Executive Director for the California Head Start Association, where he oversaw professional development, launched a Family Development Credential and championed legislative initiatives that streamlined assessment and licensing requirements. He began his career developing local youth and family programs in Oakland, California, went on to lead Catholic Charities of California and along the way helped create a community development company, CoHousing Partners. Rick was introduced to child development theory while helping his daughter learn baby signs as part of the first research on the subject, by UC Davis. He holds an MPA focused on organization change and an MA focused on liberation theology.