Communities In Schools President Dan Cardinali Appointed to Child Trends Board of Directors

Dec 02, 2010, 11:46 ET from Communities In Schools

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Child Trends, the nation's only independent research and policy center focused exclusively on improving outcomes for children, has announced the addition of Communities In Schools President Dan Cardinali to its board of directors.  Child Trends Board Chair Jack Leone announced Cardinali's appointment, along with three other new board members – Leonard Burton, Lisa Karlisch, and Gregory Niblett.

Cardinali has served as President of Communities In Schools since 2004.  Under Cardinali's leadership, the organization has developed and embraced an evidence-based model of integrated student service provision and has launched a national growth strategy to increase the organization's impact on improving public education. 

Cardinali is a 2007 Annie E. Casey Children and Families Fellow.  He also currently serves as a Trustee for America's Promise Alliance, and as vice chairman of the board of directors of the National Human Services Assembly and the National Collaboration for Youth.  Cardinali is a board member of Peace First and also serves on the advisory boards of the Harwood Institute's Public Innovators Summit and SparkTheWave.  

"Child Trends' work informs both practice and policy, making a profound and lasting difference in the lives of children nationwide," said Cardinali.  "I am honored to join the Board, and look forward to helping Child Trends increase the impact of their research on the youth serving community."

Cardinali will join the board, effective December 1, 2010.

Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through a school-based coordinator, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources, tailored to local needs. Working in more than 3,400 schools, in the most challenged communities, in 25 states, and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools serves nearly 1.3 million young people and their families every year. Communities In Schools has become the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, and the only one proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates.

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