PCHP Appoints Anita Stewart As Chief Development and Strategic Partnerships Officer


Global Marketing & Strategic Development Veteran Comes to PCHP from Sesame Workshop


 NEW YORK September 24, 2015 –The Parent-Child Home Program (“PCHP”), a leading early literacy/school readiness organization that promotes parental engagement in early literacy and language development to ensure school success, today announced that it has appointed Anita Stewart as Chief Development and Strategic Partnerships Officer. Reporting to Chief Executive Officer Sarah Walzer, Ms. Stewart will be responsible for directing and implementing PCHP’s overall strategic development program to further PCHP’s mission of providing low-income families with the necessary skills and tools to ensure their children reach their greatest potential in school and in life. She joins PCHP after serving over 12 years at Sesame Workshop, the non-profit children’s educational organization.

“We are thrilled for Anita to join our organization as she brings deep experience in non-profit development and true passion for children’s education,” said Sarah Walzer, Chief Executive Officer of The Parent-Child Home Program. “For years Anita has built innovative and highly successful sponsorship programs, and is regarded across the corporate and non-profit landscapes as a true game changer. We are certain that she will be an inspiring ambassador to advance our mission in helping underprivileged children reach their full potential in reading and writing.”

At PCHP, Ms. Stewart will lead the development team where she will oversee the development and implementation of a diversified fundraising plan to prepare the organization to meet ambitious fundraising goals for general operating support, local and regional site sustainability and expansion, and special projects. Ms. Stewart will also oversee grants administration, manage current and newly identified corporate and foundation partner relationships and staff the Board Resource Development Committee, working closely with Ms. Walzer to support Board members. In addition to her development responsibilities, Ms. Stewart will oversee the finance and human resource departments at PCHP.

“PCHP has been at the forefront of developing successful early childhood literacy programs for over 50 years. Together we will be developing new approaches and opportunities to expand the mission,” said Ms. Stewart. “Advancing children’s education over the years has been an immense source of personal and professional satisfaction. I am excited to join PCHP’s wonderful team and to continue my focus of impacting the lives of young children through education.”

As Senior Vice President of Global Strategic Partnerships & Development at Sesame Workshop, Ms. Stewart oversaw the partnerships and development group’s comprehensive efforts to secure funding from corporations, foundations, and government sources for national and international education programs serving young children. Her group was also responsible for developing private/public strategic partnerships for the Sesame Workshop’s signature children’s series, Sesame Street in the U.S., and international co-productions in countries such as Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, India and China, as well as domestic and global community engagement initiatives on critical issues.

Prior to Sesame Workshop, Ms. Stewart worked at PBS as the National Marketing and Sales Director of the Sponsorship Group for over six years. Before PBS, she served at MobileComm Inc. as Vice President, Corporate and Marketing Communications. She has also held positions at Texaco, as Global Director, Advertising and Sales Promotion, and at N.W. Ayer & Partners as Senior Vice President. She holds a BA in Education and Sociology from City University of New York, Queens College.



About Parent Child Home Program

The Parent-Child Home Program’s (PCHP) nationwide network of program sites provides under-resourced families with the necessary tools to ensure their children achieve their greatest potential in school and in life.  Since 1965, PCHP has been assisting underserved communities in replicating and expanding this proven school readiness program that builds early parent-child verbal interaction and learning at home.  Through twice-weekly visits by highly trained community-based Early Learning Specialists, PCHP provides families the skills, materials (books and educational toys), and support to help parents engage and teach their children.  Almost 50 years of research shows that the Program effectively increases school readiness, decreases the need for special education services before grade 3 by 50%, and increases participants’ high school graduation rates by over 30% to the same level as their middle income peers.  For more information please go to www.parent-child.org.

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