Childcare Learning Centers names new CEO

Marc Jaffe

Marc Jaffe

The Childcare Learning Centers’ board of directors announced that Interim Executive Director Marc E. Jaffe will assume the permanent role of chief executive officer for the 112-year-old pre-K and child development organization effective immediately.

Mr. Jaffe, an Old Greenwich resident, has served in an interim leadership capacity at CLC since February.

“After conducting an extensive search and in consultation with our board members, leadership council and other community leaders, we realized that the strongest candidate was the person at the helm of the organization these last seven months,” board President Robert Mattis said.

“Marc’s experience and success with CLC as well as his professional expertise in both the for-profit and non-profit arenas make him the perfect person to lead our efforts to close the achievement gap among underserved children.”

Throughout his professional career, Mr. Jaffe has held leadership positions at a number of public and private companies in media, publishing and technology, including, among others, Rodale, Inc. While at Rodale, he published the South Beach Diet, which became a global bestseller.

He also built the licensing business around Rodale brands, including Men’s Health, Runner’s World and Prevention.

On the non-profit side, Mr. Jaffe helped to start Harlem RBI, an award-winning nonprofit service for children. He was a 17-year board member there (board president for the first five years) and is currently chairman emeritus of the advisory board.

Harlem RBI went on to start The Dream Charter School, an outgrowth of its youth enrichment program that now serves more than 1,500 children.

“I am excited to get to work in this permanent capacity to extend awareness for the great work being done at CLC. It is amazing how many area families have benefited from our organization and how many lives we’ve touched across lower Fairfield County,” Mr. Jaffe said.

“As CEO my goals include strengthening our outreach and engagement with various constituencies, growing our board, extending our creative and comprehensive curriculum, and expanding our fund-raising opportunities. Throughout my career I have taken underexploited assets and monetized them. I see CLC in much the same way and look forward to leading the organization to reach its fullest potential.”

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