Leadership Transition

November 2019

Dear CCR Community,

It is with mixed emotion that I share I am resigning from my role as CEO of Child Care Resources to become the next CEO of Child Care Aware of Washington.  

As I shared in my resignation to CCR’s board of directors, I feel comfortable departing with such a stable board in place, an amazing senior leadership team, a gifted staff and a strong balance sheet.  CCR is making a difference for children in King and Pierce counties every day and I have full confidence that my departure will not change that.

As you can imagine, so much of my experience and growth at CCR will inform my new role. I realize I have much to learn about the needs and issues across the state in order to be effective, but I’m energized by this opportunity to stretch and excited to expand my work of elevating the issues of formal child care and informal caregiving to a statewide perspective!  

After almost 30 years in leadership here, I am overwhelmed with a sense of gratefulness to have been able to grow and stretch into new roles and challenges over the years.    

CCR’s board of directors finalized a plan for recruiting the next CEO. Until that person is identified, Chief Operating Officer Phoebe Sade Anderson and Chief Administrative Officer Kathryn Flores will serve as Co-Interim Chief Executive Officers of CCR.

I will be at CCR through the end of November.  I do hope that our paths will continue to cross in the future. 

With deep gratitude and abiding admiration,



Deeann Burtch Puffert