As the Mental Health Policy Fellow at Texans Care for Children, Diane Ewing works to advance early childhood mental wellness in Texas. Texans Care for Children is a non-profit, multi-issue children’s policy organization advocating to improve the lives of the children of Texas. During the 85th Texas Legislative session, her work concentrated on advocating for legislation involving best practices in schools including Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), restorative practices, and trauma informed practices; best practices in early childhood settings; reducing the use of suspension and expulsion; and promoting mental health in schools. She serves on the Texas LAUNCH Expansion Project oversight committee, which promotes behavioral health promotion and prevention strategies for young children in three Texas communities and beyond. As a former preschool teacher and consultant, Ms. Ewing focused on ensuring the social and emotional development of the young children in early education settings. She received her M.Ed. from Texas State University in Special Education with a concentration in Behavioral Disorders and Positive Behavioral Supports.