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Childcare Network of Evanston Hires New Executive Director

Chicago, IL, May 02, 2012 --( After an extensive search, the Board of Directors of Childcare Network of Evanston (CNE), an Evanston-based non-profit supporting quality early childhood education and child care, is pleased to announce the hiring of Andrea Densham as Executive Director, effective July 2, 2012. As CNE looks toward its 45th year of operation, Densham will lead CNE through a strategic growth period that will critically ensure that every child in our region is ready to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Densham replaces retiring Executive Director Martha Arntson.

“We’re excited to welcome Andrea Densham as Executive Director,” stated CNE Board President, Deb Danson. “Martha Arntson, our out-going director, created a strong foundation to help ensure access to quality early care and education in our community and laid the groundwork for a smooth transition. Andrea is a leader with the vision, experience, and passion to take CNE to the next level and beyond.”

“I am thrilled to be joining CNE at this pivotal point in its growth,” Densham said. “Never before has there been such a pressing need to work together in service of our community’s children. As a parent, I know how important it is to create a fabric of support with parents, teachers, community partners, and leaders to transform the lives of children and our neighborhoods. I am eager to roll up my sleeves alongside our community partners and leaders, and bring our substantial community assets to the service of improving the lives of children. When working together in partnership we can not only succeed, but thrive.”

Andrea Densham comes to CNE with nearly 20 years of experience in community-driven public policy and advocacy, non-profit management, and building of strategic alliances that creates lasting and sustainable change. Most recently, Densham was the principal of Densham Consulting. Before that she was the Vice President of Public Health and Government Affairs for Prevent Blindness America. Densham’s professional career has been focused on identifying and mobilizing community assets to maximize organizational impact and social change. She has built the capacity and voices of multiple nonprofits and campaigns that champion children and youth health, women’s and LGBT health, HIV/AIDS, and public policy. With nearly two decades of leadership experience, Densham will seamlessly lead the charge for Childcare Network of Evanston’s vision of strategic growth.

For over 45 years, CNE has been providing the building blocks necessary to ensure that every child in Evanston and its surrounding communities has access to quality early education programs and care. From prenatal support and education, to programs that prepare and empower parents, to collaboration with a network of early childhood educational programs, to preschool programs for all, CNE creates a web of support to aid in the development of the child during these critical early years.
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