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Robin Britt Named Child Advocate of the Year, Most Admired CEO

Last week, Guilford Child Development's president and CEO Robin Britt was honored with notable awards in both High Point and Greensboro. The awards come just months before his scheduled October retirement after more than 20 years with the organization.

At its annual meeting held on July 24 at the High Point Country Club, the United Way of Greater High Point honored Britt with the Slane Child Advocate of the Year Award, named for the late Jack and Marsha Slane, known in the community for their philanthropy and commitment to helping impoverished children and families.

In her emotional presentation, Barbara Frye, vice president of children's initiatives at the United Way, recalled Britt's heartfelt compassion for young children and his unwavering desire to see children and their families reach their full potential.

The accolades continued Thursday evening at the Greensboro Country Club as Britt was recognized by the Triad Business Journal as one of the 20 Most Admired CEOs. With his wife and children present, Britt was joined by other CEOs from across the Triad. A former U.S. Congressman, Britt is also a retired Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and former Secretary of what is now the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Britt has successfully led Guilford Child Development during his 21-year tenure. The agency's Head Start and Early Head Start programs have served over 18,000 children in the Greensboro and High Point areas. He was instrumental in bringing the Colorado-based Nurse-Family Partnership to North Carolina, and the program, established at GCD in 2000, has served more than 970 families.

Britt's most recent leadership successes include positioning GCD to become the lead agency for the United Way of Greater Greensboro's pilot program, the Family Success Center, an integrated services program focused on breaking the cycle of poverty. He opened a similar facility, the High Point Opportunity Center, in January 2019, expanding opportunities for High Point families to enroll in GED and financial management classes while receiving free child care.

On October 22, Guilford Child Development will hold its annual Early Childhood Champions Luncheon at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. The luncheon, established to recognize individuals who have dedicated their lives or careers to early childhood education, will double as Britt's retirement celebration.

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