Tracy Merriman Jost
Earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland in Paralegal Studies and worked in a law firm in Upper Marlboro that specialized in family law for three years. She returned to school in the evenings while working, and received a Master’s Degree in Education from Towson University and is a former adjunct instructor at the graduate school. After teaching preschool at a local child care center she opened Kid’s Campus in 2006.
Tracy completed a Pre-PhD Certificate of Advanced Study in Education Public Policy from Towson University. She is active in the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is past President of the Maryland affiliate with some 2,200 members.
In 2011, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley appointed her to a four-year term on the Governor's State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care. In 2015-2016, she was selected as one of seven National fellows to the Center for Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes Leadership Academy through National Institute for Early Education research at Rutgers University.
From 2014-2017 she was recruited by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) as a program specialist overseeing a developmental screening program and expansion of public prekindergarten across the State of Maryland.
Tracy continues to provide consultant work to MSDE and other organizations.