Andrea Anthony is the Executive Director of the Day Care Council of New York Inc., a position she assumed on March 16, 1998. Prior to becoming the Executive Director, Ms. Anthony served on the Council’s Board of Directors for nine years.
The Day Care Council of New York, Inc., founded in 1949, is the federation of 250 nonprofit agencies that operate more than 360 child care centers and family child care programs in the five boroughs of New York City. In its coordination role on behalf of its member agencies, the Council provides a variety of services including negotiating labor contracts with District Council 1707 and the Council of Supervisors and Administrators; providing Labor Relations and Mediation Services; advocating on public policy issues on the city and state levels; sponsoring a Training Institute for board members and child care staff and serves as a child care resource and referral agency assisting parent locate child care in the five boroughs.
The Council sponsors a family child care network of 125 family child care providers in Jamaica, Queens; and operates a preventive services program, called the Family Support Program, in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. Under Ms. Anthony’s stewardship, the Council has increased its programming and overall operating budget from $1.9 million to over $3 million.
Ms. Anthony has an extensive background in human services programs and public policy advocacy. Before joining the staff of the Day Care Council, Ms. Anthony was the Director of Policy, Advocacy & Research at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA). FPWA is an umbrella organization providing technical assistance and support services to more than 260 non-profit agencies and churches in New York. Ms. Anthony began working for FPWA in 1987 as the organization’s first policy analyst focusing on human service infrastructure issues. Prior to becoming department director in 1995, Ms. Anthony served for five years as the Assistant Director/Senior Policy Analyst overseeing policy issues in the areas of elderly welfare and child welfare.
Before Joining FPWA, Ms. Anthony worked for the Policy Department of the State Office of Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities (OMHDD) from January 1987 – July 1987 as a policy fellow, where she researched and co-authored a report on workforce issues in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Ms. Anthony was placed at OMHDD by the Center for Women in Government after being awarded the Fellowship on Women and Public Policy, as part of her graduate work at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Prior to working at OMHDD, Ms. Anthony worked at the National Urban League (NUL) as a program coordinator with the Seniors in Community Service Employment Program. In this capacity Ms. Anthony coordinated training conferences, wrote the quarterly newsletter, Dateline and served as the staff writer and editor. Before joining NUL, Ms. Anthony was the Director of Housing and Consumer Counseling for the Urban League of Albany, a position she held for five years.
Currently, Ms. Anthony serves on the board of directors of the New York State Intergenerational Network and the Human Services Council of New York. Ms. Anthony has served on several Boards including the Greater Harlem Nursing Home, the Center for Women in Government, the YWCA of Albany, and Cooperative Extension of Albany County. In her role as Executive Director of the Day Care Council, she serves as a trustee of the District Council 1707, Local 205 Welfare Fund Board overseeing the benefits of 6300 child care workers, and on the Welfare Fund Board of the Council of Supervisors and Administrators for 440 child care directors.
Ms. Anthony holds a BA degree from Marist College (1977), and a MS degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1987). In 1993, she was named a fellow of the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College in recognition of her work on behalf of the elderly. Although born in the south, Ms. Anthony was raised in Albany, NY where the majority of her family still resides. In her spare time, Ms. Anthony likes to walk in her Bronx neighborhood with her pet dog, Bailey.