Chapel Hill, NC – The Board of Directors of Child Care Services Association (CCSA) is pleased to announce the selection of Anna Carter as its new President and CEO. Carter begins July 1, 2013, replacing Sue Russell who had previously announced her plans to step down from that role in July. Russell will continue in a part-time role with a focus on CCSA’s T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Technical Assistance and Quality Assurance Center. Carter will join CCSA in March to begin her transition into her new role.
Carter is currently the Deputy Director of the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE), where she has worked for 20 years. “Anna brings a wealth of knowledge about early childhood systems, public policy and program management. We believe she has the knowledge and skills to lead CCSA in this transition,” said Dan Hudgins, CCSA’s Board Chair.
“I am very excited about this new opportunity. CCSA is an agency I have worked with for years, and I have great respect for the work and impact of the organization. I am honored to have been selected to serve in this role,” said Carter. Kelly Maxwell, Chair of the Selection Committee, reported that Carter was selected after a rigorous search process that involved multiple interviews, presentations and meetings. “We believe we have the right person to lead CCSA in the future,” said Maxwell. As Deputy Director of DCDEE, Carter has provided leadership for a large state agency responsible for implementing quality program standards, helping families access child care through child care subsidies and supporting improved early care and education across the state.
Founded in 1974, Child Care Services Association (CCSA) is a nationally recognized nonprofit working to ensure affordable, accessible, high-quality child care for all children and families. The organization accomplishes its mission through direct services, research and advocacy. CCSA provides a nutrition program for children in child care settings, free referral services to families seeking child care and quality improvement assistance to child care businesses. CCSA’s T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project provides educational scholarships to early childhood educators in every North Carolina county and is licensed in 21 other states and the District of Columbia. The Child Care WAGE$® Project provides salary supplements to child care providers throughout the state and is licensed in three other states. For more information, visit


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