For the past 34 years, she focused on the issue of early childhood education and has tackled many aspects of the challenges of affordability, accessibility, and quality by addressing workforce, economic and equity system improvements with a myriad of funders, national, state and community partners.
"Deeann's many years of hands on experience in the early childhood education system, from stepping into a classroom to directing a resource organization, makes her the perfect person to take on the mantle of organizational leadership for CCA WA," said Lois Martin, CCA WA Board of Trustees Co-Chair and Director of Community Day Center for Children, Seattle. "She drives organizational performance that results in outcomes for children."
Puffert worked inside the CCA WA system for 30 years with the King & Pierce Counties regional partner, Child Care Resources (CCR). As CEO of CCR since 2009, Deeann led the organization's development of a racial equity framework, services for children and families experiencing homelessness, the creation and expansion of Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups for children in informal care, and a team supporting childcare providers in quality improvement efforts and professional development. Child Care Resources also operates the CCA WA Family Center which, last year, helped nearly 15,000 families throughout the state find early childhood education referrals and resources.
"The Board of Trustees recognizes Deeann's exceptional knowledge of the early learning system in our state and is eager for her to lead CCA WA to further address Washington's childcare crisis with our partners," said David McRae, CCA WA Board of Trustees Co-Chair and Vice President, Banner Bank.
Prior to employment at Child Care Resources, Puffert worked as a Program Director responsible for the overall management and operation of four NAEYC-accredited centers that served approximately 180 families.
"I am excited to move from my work that has a regional perspective to working with CCA WA staff to continue their fine work. I also look forward to growing and developing new relationships and partnerships that will continue to move childcare and informal caregiving into full partnership within the early learning landscape," Deeann Puffert said.
About Child Care Aware of Washington
Child Care Aware of Washington (CCA WA) is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to connecting families to local, high-quality, licensed childcare and early learning programs, and to supporting providers who deliver high-quality care.
As a statewide network of six regional agencies, CCA WA works side-by-side with childcare providers, offering professional development services and higher education scholarships to help them integrate research-based, best practices into their programs.
CCA WA is committed to ensuring that each and every child in Washington, regardless of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, culture, primary language or economic status, has access to the quality care and early learning they need to succeed in school and life.
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