Christina Parker and familyThe Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC) has named Christina Parker as its new Executive Director.  GAYC has long been a long time leader across the state working to encourage and support healthy development in young children by increasing public awareness of the importance of early childhood education, and by improving the quality of programs for young children through learning opportunities for early childhood educators.  Christina most recently worked at Child Care Resource & Referral Agency of Central Georgia at Macon Georgia Regents University as a Technical Assistance Manager.  She will join the GAYC staff on January 11, 2014.

“After an extensive search, we are thrilled to announce Christina as our new Executive Director,” said Laurel Beckham, President of the GAYC Board of Directors.  “we feel very confident that we have found a leader with the right combination of skills and experience to take GAYC into the future.  Christina comes to GAYC with over 15 years of creative leadership, professional public speaking skills, and training and development in the Business as well as Educational sectors.  She has a strong commitment to ensuring that all of Georgia’s children receive high quality care and that early care and education providers have access to exceptional professional development opportunities.”

Prior to her role at Child Care Resource & Referral Agency of Central Georgia Christina was a Senior Vice President at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, and has provided consulting services to Head Start and Early Head Start programs.  Christina has a B.A. from the University of West Florida in Psychology with a concentration in Early Childhood and a M.S. in Education from Walden University.

More about the Georgia Association on Young Children

The Georgia Association on Young Children supports the education and development of Georgia’s young children ages birth – 8. GAYC is the Georgia affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Southern Early Childhood Association. GAYC was created in 1966 and has been serving young children for more than 45 years.