Child Care Services Association Celebrates 45 Years, Presents James & Carolyn Hunt Award

Child Care Services Association Celebrates 45 Years, Presents James & Carolyn Hunt Award

Child Care Services Association Celebrates 45 Years with Dinner, Silent Auction and James & Carolyn Hunt Early Childhood Award Presented by Former Governor Hunt

Chapel Hill, N.C., March 20, 2019: Former Governor James Hunt will present the James & Carolyn Hunt Early Childhood Award to the 2019 winner, Robin Britt, executive director of the Guilford Child Development (GCD), at the 45th Anniversary Celebration of Child Care Services Association (CCSA) Friday, April 5 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in RTP at 6:00 p.m.

The celebration will include a dinner and a silent auction to bring awareness to the early childhood educators, children and families CCSA serves and provide support for the agency’s infrastructure to continue support of CCSA’s many programs assisting all of North Carolina for the next 45 years.

CCSA established the James & Carolyn Hunt Early Childhood Award in 1995 with Governor James Hunt as its first recipient. It was named for the North Carolina Governor and First Lady in recognition of their outstanding efforts to improve early care and education for our youngest citizens.

“I am honored to be given the James and Carolyn Hunt Early Childhood Award,” Britt said. “I worked closely with Governor Hunt when I was secretary of what is now the NC Department of Health and Human Services, and receiving this award means a great deal. In my mind, preparing young children and their families for educational success and success in life is the most important work we can do in our community and our state; being recognized for that work is extremely humbling.”

Britt has been the executive director for the past 20 years at GCD, an agency with six programs dedicated to helping young children and families reach their full potential. Under his leadership, GCD has served more than 18,000 children through the organization’s Head Start/Early Head Start program. Britt is also responsible for growing GCD’s budget from $9M to $23M through fundraising efforts. He accepted the job at GCD shortly after serving in the House of Representatives from 1983 to 1989. It was announced last year Britt plans to retire from GCD in October 2019.

“North Carolina is recognized as the nation’s early childhood pioneer, and Robin Britt is one of the reasons why. In all of his leadership roles – in state government and Congress, with Project Uplift and Guilford Child Development – he has taken bold action for young children and families. His work has improved the lives of countless North Carolinians, making our state better and stronger. Congratulations to a true North Carolina hero,” said Susan Perry-Manning, North Carolina Principal Deputy Secretary. Perry-Manning will be in attendance on April 5 on behalf of Governor Roy Cooper.

The celebration’s keynote speaker is Shannon Rudisill, the first executive director of the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative (ECFC). 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, Rudisill was the Director of Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Child Care.

Hosted by ABC11 WTVD Eyewitness News anchor, Julie Wilson, as the master of ceremonies, the celebration is business casual with dinner included in your ticket purchase as well as access to the silent auction. Music provided by Soundz Dee-lite. Purchase your tickets at: www.childcareservices.org/anniversary/.

If interested in sponsoring this event, please 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. CCSA provides free referral services to families seeking child care, nutritious meals to child care programs, technical assistance to child care businesses and educational scholarships and salary supplements to child care professionals through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®, Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® and Child Care WAGE$® Programs. Through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood National Center, CCSA licenses its successful programs to states across the country and provides consultation to others addressing child care concerns. For more information, visit www.childcareservices.org.

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