Amy O’Leary Named President-Elect of the NAEYC Governing Board

March 27, 2017

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) announced the election of Wheelock adjunct faculty member Amy O'Leary as President-elect. She will serve a 4-year term beginning June 1, assuming the NAEYC Presidency for two years following a one-year term as President-elect.

O'Leary is director of Early Education for All, a campaign of Strategies for Children, an advocacy and policy organization that works to ensure that Massachusetts invests the resources needed for all children, from birth to age five, to access high-quality early education programs that prepare them for success in school and life. Amy also serves on the adjunct faculty at Wheelock College in Boston and Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester. She is a member of Massachusetts Early Literacy Expert Panel, the Massachusetts Birth through Grade 3 Advisory Group, and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Advisory Committee.

O'Leary is a valued member of the Wheelock community who has served the college in countless ways, including on the Community Care & Dialogue Planning Committee and in CIPP-related (Center for International Programs and Policies) initiatives. She continues to teach in Wheelock's Early Childhood program.

Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

The NAEYC Governing Board provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. Officers and most Board members are elected by the association's 60,000 members. Candidates for the competitive slate are chosen for their broad-based knowledge of issues affecting high-quality early learning and the early childhood profession. Rhian Evans Allvin, NAEYC's Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are delighted to have Amy join the board as President-elect. Her demonstrated high-quality leadership, commitment and ability will help NAEYC further its mission and vision."

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