As the Executive Director of Healthy Child Care Colorado, Taran led the organization’s transition to become a nonprofit in 2018. In her role, Taran leads the statewide hub for consultation, supports quality improvement in child care, and advocates for best practices and policies.
Taran previously served as the State Network Director of Colorado Child Care Resource and Referral. Prior to joining Qualistar, Taran worked directly with early childhood professionals, families, and children as a teacher and coach and also supported efforts to improve early childhood systems in Southern Minnesota.
Taran holds an AAS in child development and a BA in professional leadership from Winona State University. She also holds an MA in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Colorado. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for Child Care Aware of America and Denver’s Early Childhood Council and is an alumna of the Child Care Advocates Ready to Emerge (CARE) Fellowship, Collaborative Leadership Fellowship, and Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program.