Speaker's Biography:

Fran Durekas
Founder and Chief Development Officer, CCLC

Fran Durekas is founder and chief development officer of CCLC (Children's Creative Learning Centers Inc.), where she provides executive leadership and support for new center openings, design and construction, long-term strategy development and client relations. Durekas is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and a board member for the California Polytechnic State University's Child Development Department and the Oregon Environmental Council's national Eco-Healthy Child Care Advisory Committee. She is also actively involved in the World Forum on Early Care and Education, and World at Work. In 2005, her contributions to the field of early childhood development earned her the honor of Alumni of the Year at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she received a bachelor's degree in human development. She has also been certified through the Boston College Work/Life Certificate Program.

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