Politics & Government

Charlotte’s Dianna Jolly introduces the president

ibartolucci@charlotteobserver.co

Dianna Jolly wrote to thank President Barack Obama last summer after Congress reauthorized the federal child care program for the first time since 1996. Her letter had bigger repercussions than she ever imagined.

Jolly, who works for Child Care Resources Inc. in Charlotte, was chosen to introduce the president Wednesday at a townhall meeting at ImaginOn.

“I’m so flattered,” she said. “It’s nice to know that people in the White House are reading what citizens write. It’s a great example of why we should vote and let our voice be heard.”

Jolly, who is 53, is a supervisor at the nonprofit where she has worked 28 years. In March, the federal grant helped parents of 6,284 children in Mecklenburg County with child care costs. Another 4,933 children were on the waiting list.

“The reauthorization allows more flexibility in working with families, which is wonderful,” Jolly said. “I’m excited about that.”

She said her introduction will be brief. She plans to talk about how long she’s been involved in the field and how important the president’s efforts have been on behalf of families.

She’s excited. She’s nervous.

“I figure if I get my name all right and his name all right, I’ll do OK.”

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