May 1, 2013—We are pleased to announce that Rhian Evans Allvin has accepted the position as NAEYC's next executive director. She will assume leadership of the association on August 12, 2013, following the retirement of Dr. Jerlean Daniel.
“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.”
Rhian has been a guiding force in Arizona’s early childhood movement for more than 15 years. She 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.
“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.”