Foundation hires Birth to Three Alliance director
LAKE PLACID — Megan Murphy has been appointed as the director of the Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance, a project of Adirondack Foundation.
BT3’s mission is to support and help expand early childhood services in the North Country region of Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties, as well as the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation. Its vision is that all young children are healthy, learning, and thriving in families that are supported by a full complement of services and resources essential for success in school and life.
“I’m excited about this opportunity to shepherd this remarkable multi-sector coalition,” said Murphy, who joined Adirondack Foundation’s staff in October 2016. “The BT3 Alliance members are each doing great work, and collaborating together takes the opportunities for our youngest community members to the next level. Research has clearly shown that the earliest relationships and experiences have a profound impact on us. By working together we can ensure that all of our children get a strong start in life. I am so grateful for this opportunity to have a direct impact on improving lives.”
“Megan’s breadth of experience, professionalism, and commitment to the community will take the progress BT3 has already made and push it to new heights,” said Cali Brooks, president and CEO of Adirondack Foundation. “Her leadership will expand BT3’s capacity to improve outcomes for young children.”
Murphy has a strong background in program development and delivery, building regional collaboratives, community assessment, and strategic planning. She comes to Adirondack Foundation from Adirondack Health Institute (AHI), where she oversaw programs to improve health and quality of life in our communities. Prior to AHI, Murphy worked at Adirondack Health, New York University Press and a British NGO in Moscow, Russia. She has a BA from Fordham University and completed the Art of International Bread Baking at the French Culinary Institute. She sits on the North Country Healthy Heart Network Board, Adirondack Health’s Ethics Committee, the University of Vermont Health Network–Elizabethtown Community Hospital Board, and is a North Country SPCA volunteer.
Since forming in 2015, BT3 and its members have made significant strides toward improving services for families with young children, including:
- Assisting with securing a five-year, $1 million grant to expand Behavioral Health Services North’s Healthy Families program to Franklin County. This program provides home visits to vulnerable families.
- Developing the Small Grants for Small Children program at Adirondack Foundation, which has awarded $46,000 in grants to daycare providers for educational resources and Quality Stars training; the program has helped to retain daycare providers in the region.
- Implementation of a New Parent Kit pilot program.
To read the full BT3 progress report, visit www.adirondackbt3.org/blog/bt3-progress-report-first-400-days.
To support BT3 with a tax-deductible gift, contact Mel Eisinger at (518) 523-9904 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn about community leadership initiatives at Adirondack Foundation, visit www.adirondackfoundation.org.