Lisa Grant

Founder and Executive Director

Lisa is the Founder and Executive Director of Early Childhood by Design. Through her leadership and consultative roles, she has helped create, grow, and support some of the top early childhood programs in the country. With almost twenty years of experience in early childhood leadership, Lisa has served as a director, faculty member, executive, and consultant; serving such organizations as The YMCA, Waypoint Services for Women, Children, and Families, The National Association for the Education of Young Children, The Office of Head Start, Mile High Early Learning, and many others.

Lisa is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Studies. She has earned a Master of Arts in Human Development; specializing in Leadership in Education from Pacific Oaks College. Lisa has also earned a Doctorate of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity at the University of Colorado Denver with a concentration in Executive Leadership.

Lisa has a passion for creating high quality early learning environments that are accessible to all children and families. Research has clearly shown that learning environments (the physical space and materials accessible, the teachers who facilitate learning within that space, and the program structures that support that learning) have a direct impact on child outcomes. Designing these facets with intentionality and the learning sciences in mind yields enormous benefits for children, families, and educators.


Early Childhood by Design partners with key consultants (project specific) to provide additional supports in the areas of design, professional development, and program quality.