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Mary Ann Anthony; Catholic Charities

Ms. Anthony is currently Director of the Child Care Division for Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Boston, where she has overseen the operations of ten child care centers and four family child care systems for the past ten years. The early education and care programs of Catholic Charities serve over 1000 infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children each year, primarily from low- income families. All of the child-care centers under her direction are accredited by NAEYC. Earlier, Ms Anthony was Vice President of Operations for Mulberry Child Care Centers,Inc. where she was instrumental in introducing a physical education curriculum called "Fit by Five" which taught literacy and numeracy concepts through physical activities. Even earlier, she served as District Manager in New England for KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. Earlier still she was a kindergarten teacher in a private school setting, after beginning her career as a nursery school teacher. Ms. Anthony is a consultant, trainer and published author on best practices for teachers and administrators in early childhood programs. On the national level she is a validator and accreditation commission panelist for NAEYC, is past president of the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children, where she served as president for five years, and she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Affiliate Council of NAEYC, and its incoming chair. At the state level she serves as secretary of MADCA, the Massachusetts Association for early Education and Care, representing child care providers in the subsidized care system in Massachusetts; and she is a member of the Advisory Board and the Policy Committee of the Early Education for All Campaign in Massachusetts, which is moving Massachusetts toward universal, high quality pre-school for all 3 and 4 year olds whose parents choose it. Recently she has served on the Governor¹s Commission on School Readiness, and the School Readiness Indicators Project (SRIP), a collaborative effort between the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the United Way of Mass Bay (UWMB). UWMB has identified "healthy child development" as one of the four core areas in which to focus funding. Ms. Anthony holds an M.S. in Administration of Early Childhood Programs from NOVA Southeastern University, and a B.A. in Art History from Mount Holyoke College.


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