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WCAP welcomes early childhood director

Apr 13, 2021
Jamie Williams is WCAP's new early childhood director.

Belfast — Jamie Williams has joined Waldo Community Action Partners as early childhood director, the organization announced in a press release.

The early childhood director oversees the delivery of Head Start/Early Head Start services at early childhood centers across Waldo County. WCAP’s Early Childhood Program delivers early childhood programing and supports increased self-sufficiency of families living in poverty or managing very low incomes.

Williams holds a doctorate in public administration from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She wrote her dissertation on improving community engagement among nonprofits and higher education institutions.

Williams most recently worked as associate director of community service-learning at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., where she oversaw the university’s community engagement efforts by cultivating partnerships with over 150 community nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies, while promoting student learning and positive community impact.

“I wholeheartedly believe in the sentiment Nelson Mandela shared when he said, 'Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,’” Williams said in the WCAP announcement. “Ensuring there are more equitable access points and pathways to quality education for children and families is instrumental to the collective success of our society.

"I feel honored and humbled by this opportunity to collaboratively work with so many passionate colleagues and community experts as I join the Waldo CAP team in providing programs and services that help our community thrive”.

WCAP President and CEO Donna Kelley said Williams "brings an extensive background in education, public policy, and administration."

Williams has moved to Waldo County with her partner Alex and their two children. They enjoy outdoor adventures and being on or near the water as much as possible.

 

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