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September 13, 2018

Contact: Lisa Kreisel, Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator
845-425-0009 x616 | lisak@rocklandchildcare.org

CHILD CARE RESOURCES OF ROCKLAND NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

After an extensive search, Child Care Resources of Rockland, Inc. (CCRR) is pleased to announce Victoria Caramante as its next Executive Director. Caramante will succeed Jane Brown, who has served as CCRR's Executive Director since 2003.

In her new role, Caramante will oversee the strategic vision of the organization, along with managing daily operations, including administration, programming, fundraising, community outreach, stewarding the Board of Directors and leading the local CCRR team. Caramante will assume the role on November 1, 2018, working alongside Brown until December 31, 2018.

"The Search Committee  was impressed with Vicki's depth of knowledge, leadership skills and ability to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders,” said CCRR Board President Phyllis Tucker. "Equally as important, the Committee appreciated Vicki's positive, outgoing personality and the passion she demonstrates for the children and families of Rockland County."

Caramante brings more than 30 years of administrative, management and policy experience in the public and nonprofit sectors to her new position at CCRR. She has held various leadership positions in the Town of Orangetown, including Confidential Executive Assistant to the Town Supervisor. In this role, she was responsible for supporting elected officials and town departments by developing strategies to address local needs. Caramante also developed and executed several projects internally and externally, leading to greater efficiency and effectiveness of municipal services.

Caramante is no stranger to CCRR. For the past decade, she has served as a member of the nonprofit agency's Board of Directors, including several years as Board President.

“I am delighted to become CCRR’s next Executive Director, and I am especially honored to have been chosen by my colleagues on the Board of Directors,” said Caramante. “In the last ten years I have been fortunate to serve with and learn from hands-on, committed board members and to collaborate with CCRR’s exceptional staff. As my role now shifts to leading this very talented team and representing CCRR and its mission on a daily basis, I look forward to working with child care professionals and other stakeholders to promote and advocate for the healthy development of children and families by ensuring equal access to quality child care and early education services.”

Jane Brown, who started as a part-time CCRR trainer/coordinator in 1991, moved into the role of Executive Director in March 2003. Brown is widely recognized as a transformational leader who re-imagined the delivery of quality services to young children in Rockland County and promoted the value of early care and education to the general public, as well as advocated that all families have access to stable, affordable, quality early care and education for their children.

Said Brown, “Whether at a board/staff retreat or meeting with our elected officials, she has the skills, drive, and commitment to seek solutions to issues facing our children, our families, and the early care and learning industry. Vicki is a wonderful choice to be the next Executive Director of CCRR.”

Since moving to Rockland County in 2002, Vicki has held leadership positions with several local nonprofit organizations including the Tappan Library Board of Trustees and South Orangetown Central School District PTAs, and is a member of Leadership Rockland’s Class of 2019. She lives in Tappan with her husband and three teenaged children.

CCRR's Executive Director Search Committee comprised of five members including Board President Phyllis Tucker, Past-President Christopher Jensen, Board members Stephen Fromson and Ann Taylor, and former Board member Margret Evangelista. The inclusiveness of the search process and the outcome reflect the committee’s extraordinary dedication and service to CCRR and its mission of ensuring that all children in Rockland County have equal access to quality child care and early education services.