The National Association for Family Child Care is excited to announce that Yesenia Robles-Brown has joined our team as the new Chief of Staff. Ms. Robles-Brown has an impressive track record of supporting family child care educators & building programs at successful organizations, including All Our Kin and Walkabout Education. As Chief of Staff she will play a key role on the national team, leading NAFCC’s policy, research & external engagement as well as ensuring the organization can deliver on our strategic priorities.
NAFCC’s Executive Director, Erica Phillips, shared “We’re thrilled that Ms. Robles-Brown has brought her talents & skills to NAFCC. I have seen first-hand how she can build programs for FCC educators and I am looking forward to how she will strengthen NAFCC to create equitable opportunities for early educators, families and children.”
When reflecting on her decision to join NAFCC, Ms. Robles-Brown said “I draw my strength from the love, empathy and expertise shown by family child care educators. They truly are educating and cultivating future minds and leaders. I am honored to continue to be a voice uplifting the profession.”
About Yesenia Robles-Brown
Yesy Robles-Brown is a bilingual education and early care advocate devoted to ensuring that all children, despite their race, place of residence and socio-economic status, receive a quality education and care. She believes deeply that all children deserve equitable access to opportunities to gain the skills necessary to be successful in life. Her drive stems from her personal experiences and equity barrier her community continues to face when advocating for family sustaining wages, and opportunity to continue to pursue a career path they love.
Ms. Robles-Brown currently brings her expertise in organizational development and capacity building allowing for a nuanced understanding of the family child care landscape ranging from the New York licensing and regulatory process to shaping organizations’ policy and advocacy platforms by incorporating family child care educators’ voices in key legislation and local policy. During her tenure at All Our Kin, Ms. Robles-Brown often felt energized by the love, expertise and compassion shown by family child care educators to their children and families. This community approach to raising well-rounded children is a key reason Yesy stands by her decision to enroll both their small children in a home-based family child care setting, and is forever grateful to have her FCC educator become part of Ms. Robles-Brown’s extended family.
Her drive towards equitable programs and schools led her to co-found the first structurally anti-racist student-centered district high school in her district with strong community and political support gaining the attention of various school district in different states interested in model replication. Ms. Robles-Brown wants to continue to be the change she hopes to see and is thrilled to take her talents to NAFCC.
Ms. Robles-Brown holds an M.A. from The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy, where she majored in Education Development holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Manhattan College.