Arlington, VA – The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) announced today that Executive Director Linda K. Smith will be leaving the association in December to join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Education at the Administration for Children and Families.
As a search is conducted for Smith’s replacement, Deputy Executive Director Ollie M. Smith will serve as the Interim Executive Director.
Smith, who has served as NACCRRA’s Executive Director since 2003, has led the organization through significant growth and transformation. She has been the driving force behind NACCRRA’s national policy agenda and strategic plan, which share the common goal of improving the quality of child care and supporting Child Care Resource and Referral agencies nationwide. Strengthening child care licensing and oversight, requiring comprehensive background checks and establishing minimum training requirements for all child care workers have been key components of NACCRRA’s advocacy efforts.
Prior to joining NACCRRA, Smith served as a legislative fellow and professional staffer on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee under the Chairmanship of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Previously, she was the Director of the Office of Family Policy for the Secretary of Defense, where she was one of the primary architects of the military’s child care program. Prior to her work with the Secretary of Defense she held positions with both the United States Army and United States Air Force.
Smith began her career in early childhood education on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in her native Montana. She is a graduate of the University of Montana.
NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, is our nation's leading voice for child care. We work with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to high quality, affordable childcare. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. To learn more about NACCRRA and how you can join us in ensuring access to high-quality child care for all families, visit us at www.naccrra.org.