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MnAEYC-MnSACA Staffing Changes

Friday, August 28, 2020  
Posted by: Lara Richardson
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To Our Partners,

This has been a difficult time. We have been forced to navigate unprecedented challenges, while still showing up for our families and organizations. We have seen extraordinary kindness, and we’re proud to be a part of this community.

As we shared about a month ago, the board made the difficult decision to reduce staff hours. Cancellation of Summer Leadership Institute, the postponement of MAAP accreditation site visits and a steep decline in programs participating in our professional development offerings continue to put great strain on our organizations.

The board has had to make another difficult decision this week. We have to lay off our three amazing staff members, effective September 1. Sara Benzkofer, Executive Director, has volunteered to stay through September 15 to ensure a smooth transition.

We are heartbroken for Lara Richardson, Kristen Wheeler Highland and Sara, and we can’t thank them enough for their contributions. We’ve weathered challenges and celebrated great successes together. We wish them all the best.

The board will be taking some time to consider how best to move forward. We are committed to continuing to serve the early childhood and school-age care fields in partnership with all of you.

We can do hard things when we do them together.

We will be in touch soon with more details. In the meantime, please feel free to email us at info@mnaeyc-mnsaca.org .

MnAEYC-MnSACA Board of Directors



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