Celebrating 20 Years of Carol Shattuck's Leadership

Nearly 200 guests gathered on May 2 at the Junior League to celebrate Carol Shattuck's upcoming retirement from Collaborative for Children. Colleagues, friends and partners in education spanning Carol's 20-year career in leading early childhood education reform attended the retirement celebration which provided an opportunity to reflect on the legacy Carol will leave when she retires from her post as president and CEO of Collaborative for Children later this year. 

In 1998, Carol began her tenure as executive director of the Greater Houston Collaborative for Children, which rallied local funders around early childhood education to support partnerships and initiatives designed to create high quality early learning opportunities for Greater Houston's youngest citizens. One such organization was Initiatives for Children, which in 1987 took the lead in Houston in assisting families with finding child care for their children. The two organizations merged in 2004 as Collaborative for Children, and Carol was named president and CEO. 

Current Collaborative for Children board chair Laura Sayavedra welcomed guests, and read a proclamation from the City of Houston declaring May 2, 2018 as "Carol S. Shattuck Day." Laura, as the last board chair to work with Carol as president and CEO, then turned the podium over to Pam Brasseaux, who was one of the first community leaders to work with Carol at the beginning of her tenure 20 years ago.

"Over the next 20 years, Collaborative has stayed true to its core mission and focus on the early years, and that is thanks to Carol’s leadership," Pam said. "Her encyclopedic knowledge of the 'child care-slash-workforce-slash-parenting-slash-funding' landscape has made her a go-to expert for anyone who needs to know how our systems of early education work, what the challenges are and most importantly what we should be doing to get the best outcomes possible for our youngest citizens," she said. 

A short video offering reflections on Carol's legacy contained guest appearances from current and former leaders, friends and family, including past board chairs Glenna Pierpont, Ann Kaufman and Stephen Kaufman; noted sociologist, demographics expert and Rice University professor Dr. Stephen Klineberg; board member and tenured pediatrician Dr. Robert Austin; and Carol's family including her husband Dave and children Luke and Kendra. At the conclusion of the program, Laura led a toast to Carol and all in attendance shared their best wishes for her next chapter.