New Assistant Director Brings Over 25 Years Total Experience in Early Childhood Education to Position with the RPC

A sign at one of the RPC's Early Childhood Education Centers

Champaign’s Christy Martin has been named the new Assistant Director for the RPC’s award-winning Early Childhood Education program, a new position created to support the program’s growth, availability of services, and increased staffing needs. Martin has spent 14 years with the RPC serving the Early Childhood Education program in a variety of positions, including teacher aide, teacher, assistant site manager, Child Development Specialist, and Child Development Services Manager.

Martin earned a Master of Early Childhood Education Administration and has more than 25 years of experience leading children and personnel in the early childhood field. Prior to joining the RPC, she was even a Head Start parent, with a child in Champaign County Head Start, the biggest element of the RPC’s Early Childhood Education program, operating five centers in Champaign County and serving over 600 children and families.

“Christy has worked hard to get where she is now, and I know she will continue to dedicate herself to helping our team meet quality standards,” comments Brandi Granse, the RPC’s Early Childhood Division Director. “Christy also has a passion for serving and advocating for children and families as well as supporting employees to reach their fullest potential. I am confident in her abilities and value her knowledge and experience in the early childhood field.”

As Early Childhood Assistant Director, she will work collaboratively with and be responsible for supporting Granse to assure Head Start Performance Standards are met each day. Martin will also ensure program compliance with laws, policies, and standards for clients, students, and staff, helping build a culture of excellence and accountability while being responsible for the day-to-day program operations in Granse’s absence.

“I am excited to serve our program in this new capacity,” says Martin. “I believe the Early Childhood Education Program changes the lives of the children and families with whom we work and has the ability to positively impact future generations. I have a great respect for our educators and the work they do, from the bus drivers and family advocates to the clerks, cooks, and teaching staff. Together, we all play a critical role in the mission and vision of Head Start and I am so proud to be a member of this team.”

Martin joined the RPC in 2007 after earning her master’s degree at National Louis University in Chicago. She will be based at the RPC’s main office inside the Brookens Administrative Center in Urbana (1776 E. Washington Street).

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