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Susan Perry-Manning serves as Deputy Secretary for Human Services and the Department of Health and Human Services for the state of North Carolina. Prior to this position, she served as Executive Director for the Early Care and Education Consortium in Washington, DC, where she worked in partnership with outstanding child care leaders across the country.
Susan also served as the Executive Director for the Delaware Office of Early Learning, Department of Education – working with public and private partners across Delaware to create, fund, coordinate and implement early learning services and policies to strengthen the critical role that families, early learning programs and schools, and communities play in a child’s life. Prior to accepting the position with Office of Early Learning, Susan served as the founding Executive Director for the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation, where she led efforts to build state and local public will, policy and investments to create a foundation of opportunity and success for every child by the end of third grade.
Susan has more than two decades of experience in early childhood issues and nonprofit management. She served as the Vice-President and Senior Director for Policy and Programs at The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC), where she provided senior leadership to the organization. She previously served as Deputy Executive Director at the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (now Child Care Aware of America), Deputy Director at Child Care Services Association, and Executive Director at the Durham Child Care Council. In 2014, Susan was elected to a four-year term as Secretary of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Governing Board. She holds an MA in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University – St. Paul and a BA in Women’s Studies from Hamilton College.