For Immediate Release November 4, 2013

Dear Friend of the Council,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that John Jones has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Contra Costa Child Care Council. In trying to fill the shoes of Kate Ertz-Berger, our Executive Director for the last 28 years, the Board initiated a self-study to identify the Council’s strengths and challenges. From that work we developed an Operational Vision and Leadership Agenda for our future, and in John Jones we have found the right leader for that future.

John has devoted his career to programs that serve children and families. He has spent the last 14 years as the Chief Executive Officer of We Care Children’s Services and previously served as the Director of Community Services for the Lincoln Child Center in Oakland. John is also a long term First 5 Commissioner.

John will bring his passion for improving the lives of children, as well as his leadership and community building skills to the Council. He is well equipped to take the Council forward in the strategic directions identified in the Council’s Operational Vision and Leadership Agenda.

John will begin his role as Executive Director on January 21, and I know that he is looking forward to working with us all. I want to thank you for your ongoing support of the Contra Costa Child Care Council and I can assure you that the Board of Directors, together with the staff and our new Executive Director, is committed to continuing the Council’s work on behalf of children, families and child care providers

Sincerely,

Barbara Grillo President Board of Directors