Guilford County Partnership for Children (GCPC), the public-private partnership that provides funding to local nonprofit organizations to ensure that young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed, announced today that Ann Vandervliet Stratton has been named as the new Executive Director of GCPC.
“I am thrilled to have Ann’s proven leadership and early childhood expertise at GCPC,” stated Sandra Boren, Board Chair of GCPC. “She has significant experience collaborating across public and private sectors at the state and local levels. In addition to her vast knowledge of early childhood education, Ann’s ability to bring a variety of voices to the table to strengthen Guilford County will be a great asset to the children and families of Guilford County.”
Stratton brings nearly 25 years of experience working with children, families, and communities to focus energy and attention on improving the lives of young children. She has over 20 years of non-profit management experience, serving as the Founding Executive Director of Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania (Virginia), Program Officer for Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and as Communications Coordinator for Down East Partnership for Children (Nash and Edgecombe Counties, North Carolina). Stratton also served as the Board Chair for Danville Public Schools Foundation, as a Delegate to Virginia’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and as a Co-Facilitator for Regional School Readiness Roundtable for the Federal Reserve of Virginia.
Additionally, Stratton worked in the public school system in North Carolina and as the Executive Director of Loudon County Educational Foundation (Tennessee). She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Carolina.
Stratton will officially begin as Executive Director on April 5, 2021 and will be responsible for operations of GCPC including North Carolina Pre-K program in Guilford County, serving more than 2,000 children in high quality private childcare centers, Head Start centers and public school classrooms.