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Director of early learning joins Child Care Associates

Written by Mindia Whittier

Leader merges experience in both the mental health and early education sectors.

An established nonprofit leader in the North Texas community has been tapped to serve as director of Early Learning Services for Child Care Associates (CCA).

Susanne Malone, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), has provided agency and community-based leadership for more than 25 years.

“Susanne’s passion for impacting the lives and relationships of children and families can be seen in all that she does,” commented Karanae Spradlin, CCA’s CFO. “For years, she has actively engaged in numerous community-based, social service collaboratives and systems of care initiatives related to early learning, social services and mental health.”

Malone received her master’s degree from the University of Southern California (USC) and has served on multiple boards, including Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, the Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County, the Early Learning Alliance and MHMR’s Early Childhood Advisory Committee. She also launched, built and led Lena Pope’s Early Learning Centers.

Malone has bridged a career with services in both mental health and education to help champion comprehensive, quality services to children and their families in the region. In her new role, Malone will work alongside leadership across CCA to develop and implement a sustainable, mix‐model early education model that builds on best practice standards across Head Start Program Performance, Texas Rising Star Standards, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), PreK and state/local agencies.

“The early learning landscape has been inevitably impacted the past few years. It’s been difficult and the challenges are real,” said Malone. “I’m honored to be working with an organization that takes seriously their role in responding and addressing the reality of that impact. Now more than ever, we need innovative community solutions that ensure high quality early learning is accessible to every child, regardless of socio economic standing, neighborhood or circumstance.”

CCA is one of the largest child development nonprofits in North Texas and has served more than half a million young children over the past 54 years. Through Head Start, Early Head Start, child care, PreK and Child Care Management Services, CCA delivers quality early education programs to children and families of disadvantaged means, offsets the high cost of child care for lower-income working families and increases the quality of child care delivered across Tarrant County.

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Mindia Whittier