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Barron, Muntz, Pedersen named to Child Care Aware® of America Board of Directors

October 6, 2013

Child Care Aware® of America announces the appointment of three leaders in the field of early care and education to its Board of Directors.

Patricia Barron, from the Association of the United States Army; Lisa Muntz from Google; and Daniel J. Pedersen, founding president of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, will work with the 16-member board to provide direction, advice and oversight of the organization’s activities.

“It is my pleasure to welcome these distinguished individuals to our board, each of whom shares in our common goal to support the development and learning of all children,” said Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D., Executive Director. “Their collective experience, knowledge and expertise will help us navigate the shifting landscape of our field and achieve new standards of excellence as our nation’s leading voice for child care.”

Barron, Director of Family Programs at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), provides management and oversight to all directorate activities for military families. Before joining the AUSA staff, Barron served as the Director of Outreach, Military Family Projects, at ZERO TO THREE, and previously served as the Director of Youth Initiatives for the National Military Family Association. She holds a Master of Science degree in community counseling from Long Island University.

“I am honored to be joining the Child Care Aware® of America board,” said Barron. “This is an exciting time for the organization, and I look forward to supporting the vision that all children be cared for in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment.”

Muntz, Head of Google’s Children Centers and Family Programs since 2010, creates world-class programs and services to meet the needs of employees and their dependents while increasing workplace satisfaction and productivity. Muntz has over 25 years of experience working with organizations serving children and families and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Park University.

“I look forward to working with the other dedicated professionals on the Child Care Aware® of America board,” said Muntz. “In my experience with families from all backgrounds, I understand that accessing quality child care is a high stakes search and as informed consumers, it is important for parents to feel confident in the choices they make for their children.”

Pedersen was founding president of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, which invests in early childhood practice, policy and knowledge to ensure a better start for very young children growing up in families facing the greatest odds. Under Pedersen’s leadership, the foundation helped build a nationwide network of independently evaluated, highly effective Educare schools. Before entering philanthropy, he worked as a journalist for 25 years.

The board is led by Michael Olenick, Ph.D., president; L. Carol Scott, Ph.D., president-elect; Chris DeCesaris, secretary; and Tim R. Hawkins, treasurer. For a complete list of board members, click here.

Child Care Aware® of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) and other community partners to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, offer comprehensive training to child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate for child care policies that improve the lives of children and families.To learn more, visit us at