2014 White House Summit on Working Families
Over a thousand government leaders, advocates, employers and more gathered for the 2014 White House Summit on Working Families on June 23 to focus on creating 21st century workplaces for today’s working families. Along with First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama delivered remarks during the summit, highlighting “paid leave” and “improved child care” as solutions to supporting working families.
To further demonstrate the importance of workplace flexibility, representatives of working families were invited to discuss how innovative and supportive workplaces have impacted their lives. Shawnta Jones from AlphaBEST Child Care Center in Port Tobacco, MD, was invited to introduce the Caregiving breakout panel during the summit. Shawnta, whose son has been attending AlphaBEST Child Care Center since he was eight weeks old, discussed how AlphaBEST has helped her manage work and life by providing a safe, healthy learning environment for her family while allowing her to pursue higher education and contribute to her family’s self sufficiency.
Watch the video below to hear Shawnta’s story (start at 1:20):
Clinton Global Initiative 2014
Our Executive Vice President Judy Nee was invited to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative on June 23-25 as a part of the STEM in Education workgroup. This year, CGI America focused on finding solutions that promote economic recovery in the United States. Within the STEM in Ed. workgroup, Judy also participated in a discussion about STEM in after school/out of school time, which included leaders from the philanthropic, research and programmatic communities. As a group, they discussed a vision for STEM in after school and formulated a plan to engage all stakeholders in raising students’ awareness of and exposure to STEM-related careers and activities.
To learn more about the mission behind CGI America, check out: 5 Ways CGI America Commitments Are Turning Ideas Into Action [INFOGRAPHIC].
We would like to congratulate our Executive Vice President and General Manager, Judy Nee, for being honored as one of the top 25 most influential people in afterschool! With more than 20 years of experience in afterschool care and extended learning programs, the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) selected Nee for her positive attention and investment to the afterschool field. Since joining AlphaBEST Education in 2011, Nee has helped expand afterschool programming to more than 8,000 students in nine different states. Outside of the office, she acts as Chair of the Coalition for Science After School, consultant to the Noyce Foundation and Board Member of the Florida Afterschool Network and the National AfterSchool Association. Nee’s strong leadership and relentless advocacy have played an invaluable role in AlphaBEST’s continued growth and success, and we are truly privileged to have her as part of our team! Judy Nee was recognized in a special edition of AfterSchool Today, alonside the other NAA honorees. Below is a full list of those who were honored:
- MATTHEW BOULAY | Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors, National Summer Learning
- JIM CLARK | President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
- JESSICA DONNER | Director, Every Hour Counts
- TERRI FERINDE DUNHAM |Partner, Collaborative Communications / Lead, National Network of Statewide Afterschool Network
- AYEOLA FORTUNE | Director, Education Team, United Way Worldwide
- LUCY N. FRIEDMAN | Founding President, TASC (The After-School Corporation)
- ELLEN S. GANNETT, M.ED. | Director, National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST), Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College
- JODI GRANT | Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance
- ROBERT HALPERN | Professor and Chair of Research Council, Erikson Institute
- CLIFF JOHNSON | Executive Director, Institute for Youth, Education and Families, National League of Cities
- SYLVIA LYLES, PhD | Director, Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs, U.S. Department of Education
- JIM MURPHY | Senior Manager, Child and Youth Development Program, Council on Accreditation
- JUDY NEE | Executive Vice President and General Manager, AlphaBEST Education, Inc.
- NEIL NICOLL | President and CEO, YMCA of the USA
- GIL NOAM, Ed.D, PhD | Founder and Director, Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency, Harvard University
- BEN PAUL | President and CEO, After-School All-Stars
- TERRY PETERSON, PhD | Director, Afterschool and Community Learning Network
- SAM PIHA | Founder and Principal, Director, Temescal Associates, Learning in Afterschool & Summer Project
- KAREN J. PITTMAN | President and CEO, The Forum for Youth Investment
- SHANNON RUDISILL | Director, Office of Child Care, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- CARLA SANGER, M.ED. | President and CEO, LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program
- JENNIFER SIRANGELO | President and CEO, National 4-H Council
- CHARLES SMITH, PhD | Executive Director, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
- DEBORAH LOWE VANDELL | Founding Dean, School of Education, University of California Irvine
- TOM WYATT | Chief Executive Officer, Knowledge Universe-United States
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