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Educare DC elevates Vice President Jamal Berry to CEO
Today, Educare DC announced that Mr. Jamal Berry, vice president of programs, has been promoted by the Board of Directors and the Parent Policy Council to the position of president and CEO, effective January 1, 2023.
By: Educare DC
"I'm excited to accept the CEO position as Educare DC begins our second decade. I built a career in education because I wanted to impact children who looked like me. I wanted them to experience a male nurturing teacher who cared and who invested in them. Now, I look forward to bringing that same care and expertise as the next leader of Educare DC," stated Mr. Berry.
During Mr. Berry's time at Educare DC, the organization successfully secured two Head Start grants, grew to serve nearly three times more children across multiple sites, received High Quality designation through DC Capital Quality, and began District-wide trainings of early childhood educators.
Board Chair Rick Calder stated, "Jamal has also extended his leadership beyond Educare to roles such as Chair of the DC Head Start Association, as a UCLA Head Start Management Fellow and a PBS Kids Early Learning Champion. Educare DC is proud to have Jamal lead our community in this new role."
Outgoing CEO Pyper Davis will step down after more than eight years at the helm. "I am leaving because it is the right transition time for me and for Educare. We have achieved so many goals and built a remarkable team of leaders. Jamal is one of the most talented executives I have ever had the privilege to work with, and he will be a powerful leader for Educare DC."
About Educare DC: Opened in July 2012, Educare DC is part of a 25-school national network that serves as a platform for broader change, inspiring high-quality programs in communities, improving public policies, and demonstrating a comprehensive approach to the first five years of life and learning. Educare DC serves over 400 children from prenatal to age 5 – and their families – across two Educare centers and five partner sites in DC. Educare DC is a Head Start program, combining federal funding, local Pre-K and childcare subsidy funds, and private philanthropic dollars to provide full-day, full-year comprehensive education, health, mental health, nutrition, and family engagement services.