Sherry Franklin is a Technical Assistance Specialist within the Trohanis Technical Assistance (TA) Projects at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently works with two national technical assistance centers funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education: the Early Childhood TA (ECTA) Center and the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems and (DaSy). She provides TA to federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) state leaders who serve children with disabilities ages birth to five and their families. Sherry’s areas of expertise include building the capacity of states to strengthen state systems to implement evidence-based practices with a particular focus on early intervention services, governance, quality improvement, and child/family outcomes measurement.
Sherry has worked in the field of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education for over twenty-five years. Positions include Head Start and local/state/regional early intervention system. Sherry served as the Part C Coordinator for North Carolina from 2006-2015 with responsibilities in areas such as policy development, professional development, general supervision/monitoring, and family engagement. She has extensive knowledge of leading and implementing systems change at the state, local and national levels. Sherry has vast experience in facilitating diverse communities of stakeholders to examine state systems in order to improve program quality.