Martha Arntson, executive director of the Childcare Network of Evanston is retiring, and the group’s board is seeking a new leader.

Arntson, who has led CNE since 2001, will retire next June 30.

Board President Deb Danson says Arntson “has worked tirelessly” to ensure that children have what they need to succeed in school and “to make sure people understand the importance of high quality early education.”

Before joining CNE Arntson worked as a pre-school teacher and then executive director at School for Little Children for 26 years.

Danson says Arntson was instrumental in garnering $1.7 million in federal stimulus money to expand Early Head Start (EHS) into neighboring communities and to create a new home-visiting option to serve the increasing number of parents who are out of work.

The CNE and EHS staff has doubled under Arntson’s leadership, and the organization moved into new office space this year.

The board is accepting resumes for candidates to fill the executive director position, which should be sent to  Baker & Daniels LLP, Att: Patrick Fitzsimmons, c/o Maria Cruz, Legal Assistant, 311 South Wacker Drive, Suite 4400, Chicago, Illinois, 60606.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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