Dahlia Rao (M.Ed.) is the Director of Programs of Hatch Partners in Play. She is an arts educator with an extensive teaching background in university-community partnerships (Carnegie Mellon, University of Michigan) and a focus on early childhood best practices. She is always seeking opportunities to engage creatively with children while addressing issues of educational inequity. Hatch Partners in Play is an equity-focused program designed to address critical challenges to play in public school classrooms and democratize access to play based learning, which centers the humanity of every child.