Dr. Shayna Cook

Dr. Shayna Cook

Director, Early Childhood Systems, Bainum Family Foundation

Shayna Cook is Director, Early Childhood Systems, for the Bainum Family Foundation, where she supports the development and implementation of our programmatic-level strategy and assists with translating lessons learned from implementation of practice and programmatic strategies to effective knowledge building, practice and policy strategies.

Shayna joined the Foundation in July 2018, bringing with her a rich background in early childhood education policy, practice and research. She most recently served as Policy Analyst for New America, where she focused on early childhood education and care, workforce, learning technologies, family engagement, early childhood mental health and school discipline practices in the early years and grade levels. Prior to that role, she was a Policy Fellow at ZERO TO THREE. She began her career at the head of the classroom and has taught third grade, Head Start and pre-kindergarten.

Shayna holds a Master of Education from American University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Classics with a minor in English from Howard University.