Danielle Johnson 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. Bringing more than 20 years of the increasingly responsible program- and systems-level early childhood leadership experience 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 successful tenures in roles as the NC Pre-K Manager and Director of Early Childhood Systems, In August of 2019, Danielle was named Executive Director at Durham’s Partnership for Children. She is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for programs within the organization representing annual investments of over $11M. Programs 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 author, award-winning adjunct instructor at Durham Technical Community College, a mentor, and a sought-after presenter and facilitator at national and international conferences, with special connections to the early childhood movement in Ghana, West Africa and Rwanda, East Africa. She received a Master’s in Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, a Master’s in Public Health from Hunter College, City University of New York as well as a Bachelors in Science. Danielle has earned her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Her research is focused on culturally responsive teaching and program design with an emphasis on globalization within the early childhood sector. Danielle serves on various boards and advisory committees such as TEACH Rwanda Board, Durham Technical Community College Early Childhood Associate Advisory Committee, NC InCK Early Childhood Innovation Committee, and the Durham PreK Governance Committee.