WASHINGTON, DC - Linda Smith, leader of the nationally renowned military child care system and former child care legislative staffer for Sen. Kennedy, has taken over as the new executive director for the NACCRRA, the nation's network of child care resource and referral (R&R). Smith has been directing policy and partnerships at NACCRRA since November.
"As one of the top systems thinkers and builders in the country, Linda can make R&R the cornerstone of the evolving system of care and education in this country," said Marta Rosa, president of the NACCRRA board. "We were fortunate to find someone with such a deep and abiding passion for R&R along with broad-based leadership in everything from child care to Congress to systems."
NACCRRA is the national association for organizations committed to the development and learning of all children, particularly through education and advocacy about child care as well as serving as child care referral sources for caregivers. Smith follows Yasmina Vinci, who left NACCRRA after 11 years as its executive director to attend the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Under Vinci's leadership, NACCRRA became not only a home for R&R in Washington but also a well-respected national voice for R&R and for the issues of children and families that R&Rs work on and care about. Since 1990, the number of R&Rs in the country has more than quadrupled, and families in all but two states have access to R&R services. Local R&Rs and state R&R networks in federal legislation has been one of the many outcomes of Yasmina's work.