Letter to the Editor: Buck Stops with Board of Directors of Cape Cod Child Development Program

from Pat Nally, former CCCDP employee of 18 years

Letter to the editor:

What has happened at CCCDP began long before the recent problems of children being left unattended, which is totally unacceptable, teacher morale and financial mismanagement. 

The problems began when the CEO of over 15 years gave the Board of Directors 6 months’ notice that she would be retiring.  Little if anything was done during that time to find a replacement. 

Fortunately the Director of Early Intervention who was also a senior manager and 35+ year employee stepped into the role of CEO.  She held this position for over 6 months and applied for the position.  Someone else was chosen.  Why, employees were never told. 

Things began to change very quickly within the agency.  Food services were changed, staff in the classrooms became demoralized, departments heads left, and those who did not were given the choice of resigning or being fired.  Two of these employees in particular had over 50 years combined experience with CCCDP and Head Start, were senior managers and chose not to resign. 

Where was the Board Of Directors when all of this was happening? 

They not only have responsibilities to the financial aspects of the program but also the hiring and firing of staff. 

Again, where were they when these two vibrant, knowledgeable, hardworking senior managers were fired and given 10-15 minutes to pack up and leave the premises? 

Where were they when they saw, if they saw, and they should have seen, staffing reports? 

My hope is that CCCDP can continue to support and educate the children on the cape, continue to support the families of these children, support the classroom staff and supervisors, and come back strong.


Pat Nally

Earlier Childhood Educator for 33 years

CCCDP employee for 18 of those years

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