Jerlean Daniel, Ph.D. Promoted to NAEYC Executive Director Designate

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is pleased to
announce the promotion of Jerlean Daniel, Ph.D. to become Executive Director
Designate of the Association. Daniel will replace outgoing Executive Director, Mark R.
Ginsberg, Ph.D. on July 1, 2010. NAEYC President, Sue Russell made the
announcement on behalf of the NAEYC Governing Board.

NAEYC welcomes Dr. Jerlean Daniel as the next Executive Director of the Association.
Currently, Dr. Daniel serves as a Deputy Executive Director of the Association and is
also a distinguished elected past-president. Daniel has been an active NAEYC member
and Association leader for more than 30 years. She has been a staff member for five
years, joining NAEYC after a 21 year career at the University of Pittsburgh where she
served as a child care center director as well as a faculty member. Immediately prior to
joining the national staff in 2005, she was Chair of the Department of Psychology in
Education in the School of Education. “I am thrilled that Jerlean has accepted the
position to become the next Executive Director of NAEYC. She is one of the most
respected members of the Association and is experienced as a member of the
Association’s executive team”, commented President Russell. “Her appointment,
together with a six month period prior to Mark’s departure, will facilitate a seamless
transition in the executive leadership and management of the Association” Russell also

Dr. Ginsberg will leave his position as the Association’s Executive Director on June 30 to
become Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason
University. He has served as NAEYC Executive Director since January 1999. Under his
leadership, among other accomplishments, the Association has nearly doubled in budget
and in the size of the national staff; enhanced its capacity and influence as a policy
advocate; significantly grown its professional development and publications portfolio;
successfully reinvented the National Academy for Early Childhood Program
Accreditation and strengthened its higher education accreditation activities including
developing an accreditation system for associate degree granting programs in early
childhood education; and acquired a new headquarters facility. NAEYC President, Sue
Russell commented, “Mark is an outstanding leader who led and managed NAEYC
during a critical period. The entire field of early childhood education respects his abilities
and thanks him for his stewardship of the association. We are very excited for him as he
returns to higher education as the Dean at George Mason. Our loss will certainly be a
gain for the University.”

NAEYC thanks Mark for his many efforts on behalf of the Association and the field of
early childhood education, and looks forward to Jerlean’s tenure and the inspired
leadership and vision for the future of NAEYC that she will bring to her new position.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has
nearly 90,000 members worldwide. The association is the largest and most influential
voice for early childhood education professionals and the field of early childhood
education in the United States.

For more information, contact:
Kristina Gawrgy
NAEYC Communications Coordinator
Office: 202-350-8857
Mobile: 202-427-4734

For Immediate Release:
January 14, 2010