Clayton Early Learning Announces New Leadership Team Members

DENVER - Feb.19 - Clayton Early Learning, a leader in early childhood education, research and training, is happy to announce a new hire to the role of vice president of development as well as the promotion of an experienced staffer to fill the newly created communications and marketing coordinator position.

On Feb.12, Sarah Berkman took on the role of vice president of development. In her new position, Sarah handles fundraising efforts for Clayton Early Learning, working closely with individuals, companies and foundations to raise awareness for early childhood education and increase support from such groups.

Sarah, a Denver resident, has more than 17 years of management and sales and marketing experience in a variety of industries. She joins Clayton Early Learning from the University of Northern Colorado, where she was the director of corporate and foundation relations and focused on fundraising for capital projects, programs, research projects and events. Her other experience includes strategic planning, program implementation, and community networking and involvement.

Sarah has a bachelor's degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and an international MBA from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business.

"I'm excited for this new chapter in my career," Sarah says. "It's an honor to be invited to bring my fundraising and development experience to such a highly respected institution as Clayton Early Learning. I'm grateful for the opportunity to pair my passion for education with my donor relations and networking background."

"Sarah has a proven track record of successful fundraising and development in support of complex programs at a variety of organizations," says Clayton Early Learning COO Michael Niyompong. "We look forward to benefiting from her ability to effectively work with a range of stakeholders for the advancement of Clayton Early Learning."

Candice Leary-Humphrey joined Clayton Early Learning in 2011 as an admissions specialist and was recently promoted to the newly created position of communications and marketing coordinator. In her new role, Candice's responsibilities include overseeing recruitment and special event planning; designing marketing collateral, ensuring that communications are consistent with Clayton's brand and objectives; supporting fundraising projects and donor relations; and overseeing social media efforts.

Candice has long served as a family and education advocate in Denver, as her prior experience includes positions at Warren Village and Florence Crittenton Services. Her contributions earned her recognition by the League of Women Voters as one of Denver's Women to Watch. Candice graduated with a bachelor's degree in behavioral science from Metropolitan State University and holds a master's in organizational leadership from Colorado State University.

"I'm humbled by this promotion," Candice says. "I see it as a vote of confidence in my skills and passion for early childhood education, which is central to Clayton's mission. I'm eager to help raise the profile of this incredible organization."

"It has been a pleasure watching Candice flourish in her time at Clayton," says President and CEO Charlotte Brantley. "Her passion for our mission and Clayton families is second to none and we are eager to see how she will continue to grow and expand Clayton's visibility in her new role."

Contact Clayton Early Learning President and CEO Charlotte Brantley directly at 303.398.8578 or cbrantley @ claytonearlylearning.org.

About Clayton Early Learning

Clayton Early Learning, a 501(c)(3), is Colorado's leading catalyst in providing early care and education to ensure optimal development for all children, especially those of limited opportunities. We harness the synergy of four dynamic initiatives - classroom and family-centered practices in our schools, research and program evaluation, professional development of teachers and leaders and effective policy advocacy - to spark improved early care and education approaches statewide in collaboration with other public and private entities.

Visit www.claytonearlylearning.org for more information.