Extended Learning Time Veteran Named Director of THINK Together’s Sacramento Region Operation

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Esther Rosario will lead the capital area offices of California’s largest nonprofit provider of academic services after school.

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Longtime community organizer and school district leader Esther Rosario has been tapped to lead the Sacramento offices of THINK Together as the Director of Regional Operations.

THINK Together, the state’s largest nonprofit provider of academic support and extended learning time programs, currently operates academically oriented after school and summer programs at schools in the Sacramento and Elk Grove school districts.

“Expanding THINK Together’s reach in the Sacramento area is a major part of our future plans,” said THINK Together Founder and CEO Randy Barth. “The addition of Esther will be a major factor in that growth.”

For nearly 20 years, Rosario has been a leading voice for extended learning time in the San Joaquin Valley, serving as a community activist and organizer as well as a Healthy Start coordinator.

Rosario previously served as Director of Health and Social Services with Riverbank Unified School District in Stanislaus County. In her position with Riverbank, she oversaw a district-led K-12 extended learning time program, supervised the district’s social work initiative, and facilitated a community collaborative with social agencies, community stakeholders, health and mental services providers and wellness advocates.

In addition to her work as a community organizer and a Healthy Start coordinator, Rosario also worked in the Regional Lead After School Office with the Stanislaus County Office of Education. As an advocate for children and youth for underserved Central Valley communities, she lent her voice to After School as co-chair of the Leadership Team with the California Afterschool Network and as a board member with the California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC).

“With deep roots in the extended learning time movement in the Central Valley, Esther's experience and professional network will strengthen THINK Together’s existing programs and expand partnership opportunities with new districts and community organizations throughout the region,” said Ken Geisick, THINK Together’s Chief Educational Services Officer.

About THINK Together
With more than $60 million in annual revenue, THINK Together is one of the leading and largest nonprofit providers of academic support programs (early literacy, after-school, small group tutoring, summer learning, etc.) in the U.S., serving nearly 120,000 students across 420 locations in 35 school districts and more than 30 cities in a five-county footprint of Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego) plus greater Sacramento. Partnering with school administrators and teachers, its academically oriented programs and dedicated team of 2,500 employees and 5,000 volunteers are helping students close the achievement gap. THINK is an acronym: Teaching, Helping, Inspiring & Nurturing Kids. For more information, call (888) 485-THINK or visit http://www.THINKtogether.org or http://www.facebook.com/THINKtogether.

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