Katherine Eckstein Named Director of Public Policy at The Children's Aid Society

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Ellen Lubell, (o) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864, ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org

Emily Crossan, (o) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742, emilyc@childrensaidsociety.org

NEW YORK, March 2009 − The Children's Aid Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Katherine Eckstein as Director of Public Policy. Eckstein’s new position is part of the agency’s Office of Public Policy and Client Advocacy (OPPCA), where she partners with Cathleen Clements, Esq., director of legal advocacy.

Eckstein will take the lead in developing, coordinating and implementing The Children's Aid Society’s policy priorities and strategy to ensure that low-income children and youth are given every opportunity to succeed. Eckstein will focus on promoting the full-service community school model; the long-term, intensive adolescent pregnancy prevention model; community-based juvenile justice approaches; zero to five early learning; school- and community-based preventive and comprehensive health care; affordable housing; and effective multi-service and leadership strategies for disconnected youth. In addition, Eckstein and Children’s Aid will continue to work with the government sector on foster care, PINS (Persons In Need of Supervision) diversion and childhood nutrition, among other issues.

“After her successes in advancing our community schools policy agenda at the city, state and federal levels, Katherine is the ideal person to help us achieve greater impact in all of our policy work going forward,” said C. Warren Moses, CEO of The Children's Aid Society.

Eckstein has been with The Children’s Aid Society for three years. In her previous position, she worked to broaden support for the agency’s community schools model as an education reform strategy. Before joining The Children’s Aid Society, she was special assistant to a New York City Department of Education regional superintendent and interim director of a community technology center. Eckstein has a BA in Public Policy from Brown University and an MA in Elementary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

The Children’s Aid Society (www.childrensaidsociety.org) was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, arts programming, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. The Children's Aid Society is a founding member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the vast majority of Children’s Aid sites are Boys & Girls Clubs. For more information, please call 212-949-4938 or email ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org.