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Partnership for Children of Johnston County Announces New Executive Director

Candy Scott brings extensive leadership experience in early childhood programs


SELMA, NC – Candy Scott will serve as the next Executive Director of the Partnership for Children of Johnston County, the Board of Directors announced today. 

“We are delighted to bring a seasoned leader to Johnston County who is passionate about making a difference for young children and their families,” said Lisa Brodgon, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Candy Scott has the experience and commitment to help us ensure that every child in our county gets the opportunity to thrive and enter Kindergarten ready to succeed, and to build a stronger, healthier workforce for the next generation.” 

The Partnership for Children of Johnston County, founded in 1997, is a non-profit organization that improves the safety, health, and emotional well-being of children birth to five, by enhancing the quality of childcare, supporting strong families, and reaching out to at-risk kids. The Partnership works collaboratively with Johnston County businesses, government, and non-profit organizations, as well as families and early childhood educators, to improve the health, safety, and school readiness of young children in the county.

“I am thrilled to join the Partnership, and I am looking forward to working with the community to strengthen and grow services for children, families, and childcare professionals,” Ms. Scott stated. “Collectively we can ensure positive outcomes for the children of Johnston County.”

Ms. Scott comes to Johnston County from the Cumberland County Partnership for Children, where she has served as Vice President of Programs since 2016. She has over 20 years of non-profit management experience in early childhood. Ms. Scott has spent most of her career working in Smart Start and NC Pre-K programs in North Carolina, beginning in 2006 at the Guilford County Partnership for Children. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. 

Candy Scott will begin her tenure with the Partnership for Children of Johnston County on October 16, 2023.