DPFC Announces New Executive Director
Posted on 07.30.2019, Tuesday

It is with great pride and excitement that the Partnership announces Danielle Johnson as the newly appointed Executive Director for Durham’s Partnership for Children!

Danielle is an advocate for high quality, accessible, and inclusive early childhood education that honors the diversity of families’ experiences and honors parents’ visions of success for their children. Danielle brings more than 20 years of increasingly responsible program and systems development as well as early childhood leadership experience. Starting in New York City and now in North Carolina’s Triangle and Triad regions, Danielle has taught and trained educators and administrators seeking to make a lasting impact on the families and communities they serve.

Following a successful tenure as the NC Pre-K Manager, Danielle was promoted to the role of Director of Early Childhood Systems at Durham’s Partnership for Children in 2016. She was responsible for providing oversight for programs within the Program and Evaluation department representing annual investments of $10M, including Smart Start, Early Head Start, NC Pre-K, Transition to Kindergarten, and other collective impact community initiatives that help the Partnership achieve its mission that every child enters school healthy and ready to learn.

Danielle is an award-winning adjunct instructor at Durham Technical Community College and a sought-after presenter and facilitator at national conferences, with special connections to the early childhood movement in Ghana, West Africa. She received a Master’s in Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (2016) and a Master’s in Public Health from Hunter College, City University of New York (2005). Danielle is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.