Robin Britt Announces Plans for Retirement from Guilford Child Development
GREENSBORO, NC, October 22, 2018 – Robin Britt, Executive Director of Guilford Child Development (GCD) has announced his impending retirement effective one year from now in October 2019. Fresh off of celebrating his 20th Anniversary at Guilford Child Development’s 5th annual Early Childhood Champions Luncheon, Britt decided that a one-year transition would give the organization ample time to conduct a national search for a successor.
“We were somewhat surprised at Robin’s desire to retire next October but in thinking about it, after a lifetime of working for early childhood education, he certainly deserves to enjoy a retirement. He is truly the ultimate champion of all early childhood champions,” said Al Lineberry chair of Guilford Child Development’s Board of Directors. “For our board attention now turns to the transition and to a nationwide search for the next leader of GCD.”
Over his 50-plus-year career as a naval officer, attorney, elected official, and public servant, Britt’s career has been guided by a deep sense of duty and compassion for all members of the human family.
When Britt assumed the helm at GCD none of the organization’s centers were certified; today all thirteen child development centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the highest accreditation a child care facility can earn, and hold 5-star ratings from the state of North Carolina.
During his tenure at Guilford Child Development, Britt and his team expanded the number of children served each year by GCD’s Head Start/Early Head Start program from 600 to more than 1,400 and added innovative new programs such as Nurse-Family Partnership, Learning Together - an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program, United Way of Greater Greensboro’s pilot program Family Success Center, a food pantry for families and others. GCD has also provided child care scholarships funded by United Way of Greater Greensboro to over 4,000 children with a value of over $4 million, and enrolled over 100,000 children in the Child and Adult Care Food Program at a value of over $450 million through the Regional Child Care Resources & Referral program.
Over his 20 years at GCD, Britt helped obtain funding that expanded the organization from an annual budget of $9 million in 1998 to more than $23 million today. He also led capital projects related to program expansions that resulted in more than $10 million in property investments through acquisitions and renovations.
“In my mind preparing young children in need and their families for educational success and success in life is the most important work we can do in our community and our state,” said Britt. “Addressing the toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences faced by the 25% of young children in poverty in North Carolina must be done early to be effective. Seeing positive change in the lives of young children in need and their families has been the joy of my life.”
As a U.S. Representative, Britt served on the Select Committee on Hunger in the House of Representatives. It was here that the plight of low-income families crystallized for him. This experience led him to found a nonprofit corporation called Project Uplift that worked with young children in poverty and their parents. Project Uplift was one of President George W. Bush’s “Thousand Points of Light.”
After leading Project Uplift for many years, Governor Jim Hunt, during his second term, tapped Britt to be Secretary of what is now the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. During Britt’s appointment, he helped conceptualize and implement the North Carolina Partnership for Children (Smart Start), which now serves all 100 counties in North Carolina.
“My calling to work with young children and families has always been deeply connected to my personal spiritual journey. In retirement, I plan to increase my participation in activities at my church and spend more time with my grandchildren,” said Britt.
Britt will also continue to assist GCD with special projects after his retirement in October 2019. Guilford Child Development will be forever grateful for his hard work and dedication. His leadership has had and will continue to have a lasting impact on the community.
About Guilford Child Development
Founded in 1967, the mission of Guilford Child Development (GCD) is to help young children and families reach their full potential through six distinct, yet supportive programs: 1) Head Start and Early Head Start provides early childhood education and development services for over 1,400 families at thirteen five star-rated Centers across Guilford County; 2) Regional Child Care Resources & Referral provides information, referral and financial assistance toward child care for working parents, as well as training and technical assistance to increase the availability and quality of family child care homes and centers; 3) Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based nurse home visitation program for low-income, first-time mothers; 4) Catering for Kids serves low-cost nutritious meals to over 2,000 children at GCD’s Centers and other child care homes/centers in Guilford County; 5) Learning Together Family Literacy is two-generational literacy program that focuses on educational achievements and social advancements of immigrant/refugee mothers and their preschool children; and 6) the Family Success Center is an integrated services program focused on breaking the cycle of poverty funded by the United Way of Greater Greensboro.
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