Lauren Drakes, MS, is an Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator at Rasmussen University-School of Education. She heads the Early Childhood Education degree program at Rasmussen University in Pasco County, FL. Lauren has been in the field of early childhood education for more than 20 years. Her work experience includes teaching at an elementary school level, training early childhood program directors and caregivers, providing accreditation consulting, teaching the national Child Development Associate courses and Florida state administrator credential course. Lauren received her BA in Psychology from City College of the City University of New York and her MS in Early Childhood Education Administration from Nova Southeastern University.