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Child Care Services Association Celebrates 45 Years of Service for North Carolina’s Youngest Children

Chapel Hill, N.C., 19, 2019: This April, Child Care Services Association (CCSA) will celebrate 45 years of building healthy foundations for young children, ensuring every child’s first 5 years are healthy and happy. The 45th Anniversary Celebration will take place Friday, April 5, 2019, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Research Triangle Park at 6:00 p.m.

To mark the 45th anniversary—celebrating past accomplishments and embracing new challenges and opportunities—CCSA’s special anniversary event will host a dinner, a silent auction and an award ceremony for the 2019’s James and Carolyn Hunt Early Childhood Award winner.

“Child Care Services Association has dedicated its mission to improving the quality of childcare for everyone involved, from the children and parents to the teachers and directors of child care centers. Through evidence-based research, Child Care Services Association has been advocating and implementing programs to build the foundation of this mission for forty-five years,” said Marsha Basloe, President of CCSA. “This anniversary event not only will celebrate forty-five years of service, but will honor the winner of the 2019’s James and Carolyn Hunt Early Childhood Award, and celebrate CCSA’s ongoing commitment to North Carolina.”

Named in honor of former Governor Jim Hunt and his wife, the James and Carolyn Hunt Early Childhood Award recognizes and honors North Carolinians who make a difference in the lives of the young children in our state. This year’s winner is Robin Britt.

Britt has been the executive director for the past 20 years at Guilford Child Development (GCD), an agency with six programs dedicated to helping young children and families reach their full potential. He has worked for GCD for 20 years, serving over 18,000 children through the organization’s Head Start/Early Head Start program during that time. Britt is also responsible for growing GCD’s budget from $9 million to $23 million through fundraising efforts. He accepted the job at GCD shortly after serving in the House of Representative from 1983 to 1989. It was announced last year that Britt plans to retire from GCD in October 2019.

Executive Director of the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative (ECFC), Shannon Rudisill, will be the keynote speaker. Under her leadership, ECFC is pursuing a strategy of growth and strategic engagement with partners across philanthropy to build capacity for supporting policies and practices that help young children and their families thrive. Prior to joining ECFC, Rudisill was the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development at the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and from 2009-2014, Shannon was the Director of ACF’s Office of Child Care (OCC).

The evening is business casual with food and drink included with your ticket purchase as well as access to the silent auction. To purchase your ticket, go to: https://www.childcareservices.org/anniversary/.

We are still accepting sponsorships for this event. If interested, please review the 45th Anniversary Sponsorship Package and contact communications@childcareservices.org.

About Child Care Services Association:

Founded in 1974, Child Care Services Association’s mission is to ensure affordable, accessible, high-quality child care for all young children and their families. Using a holistic approach, CCSA supports children and families, provides free referral services to families seeking child care, helps child care professionals improve the quality of early education children receive and ensures that all families can afford and access the high-quality early care and education that is so important for a child’s early development.

Through its Meal Services Program, CCSA also provides nutritious meals to children at child care centers, where they may eat 50-100 percent of their meals. Our T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®, Child Care WAGE$® and Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® programs give child care professionals the means to obtain an education and supplement their salary based on that education. CCSA also licenses T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ across the U.S. and conducts early childhood systems research and policy development statewide and nationally.

For more information, visit www.childcareservices.org.

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