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New York, NY June 16th 2018 – The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families Early Care & Education Institute Director Jocelyn Rodriguez, has been accepted to Harvard Graduate School of Education into the Doctor of Education Leadership Program.

Jocelyn’s impact at CHCF has been immeasurable, leading the EC&EI’s expansion in providing culturally-informed, bilingual professional development to Family Child Care educators and strengthening the quality of early care and learning to children in New York City.

Jocelyn served on the board of the NYS Early Care & Learning Council and is a graduate of the National Urban Fellows Executive Leadership & Coaching Program. Fully bilingual in English and Spanish, she earned a Master’s Degree from Columbia University and a Bachelors from CUNY Brooklyn College Macaulay Honors Program.

“Jocelyn has been a key member of the Committee for the past 8 years, her legacy and leadership in the early care field is unparalleled. Harvard University is lucky to have her. The organization will miss her immensely and she will always have a family at CHCF. While Jocelyn leaves big shoes to fill, we are confident that Jennifer is up to the task.” said Ramon Peguero, President & CEO of CHCF

In her place CHCF has named Jennifer Schmidt as the new EC&EI Director effective June 15th, 2018. Jennifer has been with CHCF since 2012 and previously coordinated EC&EI’s professional development work. As director, she will continue to lead a team of bilingual early childhood professionals in shaping the early care system across the five boroughs of New York City. Jennifer, a former Peace Corps Youth Development Promoter, earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston College and is one of the few bilingual professionals within the field to hold a NYS Training and Technical Assistance Professional Credential.

About Committee for Hispanic Children and Families
Since 1982, CHCF has combined education and advocacy to expand opportunities for children and families, and strengthening the voice of the Latino community. CHCF’s grassroots focus makes it one of the few Latino organizations in NYC that combines direct service with policy work that amplifies Latino voices at the local, state and national levels.