Nancy M. Ford, M.Ed.
Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Director
Ms. Ford is the Director at the Northwest Regional Education Service District for the early intervention/early childhood special education program for Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and Washington counties. The program provides services for children birth to kindergarten with developmental disabilities and their families. This is program that is at no cost for children to be evaluated and, if eligible, receive services. Currently, there are approximately 2400 children enrolled in the program.
Ms. Ford graduated from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and education. She began her teaching career in special education in Providence, Rhode Island. While living in Rhode Island she completed her Master’s in Education from Rhode Island College. Her teaching career continued in New York, Pennsylvania, Montana and Oregon. After two years of teaching an elementary special education class in Hillsboro, Oregon for the Northwest Regional Education Service District, Ms. Ford became the coordinator for the Washington County early intervention/early childhood special education program. Ms. Ford completed her administrative credential through Lewis and Clark College in 1994. In 2000, Ms. Ford became the Director for the early intervention/early childhood special education program for Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and Washington counties.
In addition to being a board member for Community Action, Ms. Ford member of the Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee/Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, is an adhoc member of the State Interagency Coordinating Council for early intervention/early childhood special education, is a participating member of the Oregon Department of Education Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Working Group for early intervention/early childhood special education and assists Portland State University with interviewing graduate school applicants for the early childhood special education endorsement.
Ms. Ford is a member of the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators and the Council for Exceptional Children.