Parents as Teachers names new CEO

Scott L. Hippert

Parents as Teachers National Center Board of Directors has named SCOTT L. HIPPERT as the new president and CEO of Parents as Teachers. Hippert brings extensive experience in early childhood development and public policy advocacy to the role. He was selected following a national search to succeed Sue Stepleton, who retired as president and CEO in June. Hippert will begin as president and CEO in January.

Cheryle Dyle-Palmer

Interim President and CEO Cheryle Dyle-Palmer will assume the position of executive vice president and COO at that time.

“Scott is a true champion of high-quality early childhood education and is dedicated to building strong communities through effective early childhood initiatives,” said Karabelle Pizzigati, chair of the Parents as Teachers board of directors. “We are excited to have him join Parents as Teachers and guide us in our mission of ensuring children grow up healthy, safe and ready to succeed.”

As president and CEO, Hippert will lead one of the most trusted resources for parent education organizations and professionals who serve the needs of more than 300,000 families across the country and throughout the world. Parents as Teachers helps organizations and professionals work with families during the critical early years of a child’s life and is a proven model of parenting education and support for families.

“I thoroughly enjoyed directing early childhood development initiatives in Virginia and Minnesota. With Parents as Teachers, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be an advocate for children and parents nationwide,” said Hippert.

Hippert comes to Parents as Teachers from his position as president of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation where he has provided statewide leadership to Virginia’s early childhood development initiatives. Prior to that position he served as vice president and COO of Ready 4 K, an organization focused on building advocacy for public policies in school readiness and early education in Minnesota. Hippert also served as vice president of communications for Family & Children’s Service in Minnesota. Originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Hippert is returning to St. Louis, having served as director of admissions and public relations at Aquinas Institute of Theology in the mid-1990s. He is active in the National Smart Start State Leaders Network and the Partnership for America’s Economic Success. Hippert holds a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Divinity degree from the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.