Nicole Rose

Nicole Rose
Assistant Secretary Early Learning

Nicole Rose served most recently as the Assistant Director for the Quality Practice and Professional Growth (QPPG) division with the Department of Early Learning. In that role, Nicole’s portfolio included Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), Early Achievers, professional development, and child care subsidy programs. Nicole joined DEL in 2010. In her previous DEL role as the PreK-3rd/ECEAP Administrator, she led successful expansion of ECEAP, including implementation of the first full school day and extended day ECEAP models.

Nicole grew up in Spokane, Washington and brings a variety of experience in early learning settings including Head Start and ECEAP, community-based mobilization work and research and evaluation of home visiting.

Nicole is passionate about putting best practice into policy so programs have the supports and resources necessary to ensure all of Washington’s children, youth, and families have opportunities for success.

Nicole holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.