|For Immediate Release: May 1, 2013||
NAEYC Names Rhian Evans Allvin Executive Director
First Things First CEO tapped to lead the
National Association for the Education of Young Children
WASHINGTON —The National Association for the Education of Young Children announced today that Rhian Evans Allvin has accepted the position as the Association’s next executive director. Evans Allvin will assume leadership of the organization effective August 12 of this year, following the retirement of Dr. Jerlean Daniel. Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is a leading voice for high-quality early care and education in the United States.
“We are delighted that Rhian has accepted the position of NAEYC Executive Director,” said Gera Jacobs, President of the NAEYC Governing Board. “We believe she has the vision and expertise to effectively lead the organization into the future.” In Arizona, Evans Allvin was instrumental in launching the statewide ballot initiative known as First Things First, where she currently serves as CEO. Her leadership has focused on advancing early childhood policy and quality in the early childhood system through a statewide network of local councils.
As CEO of First Things First, Evans Allvin has successfully managed a $150 million annual budget while working with 31 local councils, including 19 of Arizona’s 21 federally recognized Native American tribes, to ensure expanded early learning services for all of Arizona’s young children and families. She has shepherded the development of Quality First—Arizona’s voluntary quality improvement and rating system for early child care and education.
“This is an extraordinary time in the field of early care and education, and I believe NAEYC is poised to advance early childhood policy and practice across the country,” Evans Allvin said. “I look forward to leading the NAEYC team into its next era of service on behalf of America’s youngest children.”
NAEYC, together with its network of over 300 Affiliate groups in communities, states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories, works to advance a shared mission on behalf of young children and the early childhood profession. NAEYC’s membership includes more than 70,000 thought leaders, practitioners, and students from every state and more than 120 countries. Headquartered in Washington, DC, NAEYC is a 501(C)(3) organization that offers a range of programs and services to its members and those committed to improving the lives of young children. NAEYC is governed by a 17-member national board, elected by its members.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.