Ardith Ferguson, MEd, is a Senior Program Associate at WestEd contributing early intervention, Part C fiscal management, early childhood systems change, leadership, policy development and implementation, and general supervision expertise to CIFR. Ferguson has 30 years of experience providing local and state coordination of evidence-based practices, comprehensive system of personnel development, implementation of coordinated fiscal systems, general supervision and program accountability to ensure compliance, correction of noncompliance and quality improvement, and promotion of parent leadership and interagency collaboration for early childhood initiatives.
Ferguson is experienced in providing local, state, and national leadership and technical assistance to determine policy changes; developing strategic planning for new models of service delivery; and anticipating future issues that may affect early intervention systems. Prior to joining WestEd, she worked for a state Lead Agency as the Part C Coordinator and was responsible for the federal Part C grant and the state-funded early intervention program. In that position, she provided state leadership on interagency collaboration, general supervision, the statewide early intervention service delivery system, policy development, and fiscal accountability. Before joining the state’s Part C team, Ferguson directed a local metro area Part C program for eleven years. She began her early intervention career as a parent and as a family member on the first Interagency Coordinating Council in the state of Florida.