Anita Andrews-Hutchinson, along with her partners, has added a new word to the Webster dictionary – “edupreneur.” As an educator, she is the co-founder and Board Treasurer of Village Leadership Academy, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 independent elementary school in the South Loop of Chicago, IL. Designed to provide all city youth the opportunity to experience a high-quality private education that is usually only reserved for the affluent, Village Leadership Academy’s goal is to prepare tomorrow’s world leaders today. As an entrepreneur and serving as their Chief Operating Officer, Anita has successfully
envisioned, facilitated financing, and managed three existing businesses: It Takes A Village Child Care Services, Inc., It Takes A Village Early Learning Centers, LLC, and It Takes A Village at River City, LLC. In operation for a little over 15 years, these three early learning centers represent “The Gold Standard in early childhood education.” Through this family of schools, (It Takes A Village sites and Village Leadership Academy) she manages the care and education of over 700 children and employs more than 160 staff members.
In 2015, Anita and a group of amazing women who believe that childcare is an essential service co-founded Child Care Advocates United, a non-profit professional organization for child care providers and early childhood educators in the State of Illinois. Representing over 300 small businesses, Anita has been instrumental in not only promoting industry excellence by supporting providers in delivering high quality educational services to children and their families; but also representing those businesses as their advocate in State and City commissions and forums.
In 2017, Anita was honored to expand her reach in the educational realm by serving as a board member of STEMSpring Academy located in Tampa, Florida. Not only does she believe that high quality education is a universal right, but it is critically important for all children to have STEM based curriculum exposure in addition to developing leadership skills that can traverse any discipline. She is excited to be a part of an institution that will do so.