Rosen Retirement

Governor Issues Recognition to Rosen

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine has issued an official certificate of recognition honoring Judith Rosen after being notified of her impending retirement in July from the Department of Family Services' Office for Children. Rosen has impacted an estimated 500,000 children during her 33 years with Fairfax County government.

"Ms. Rosen is the founding director of the Fairfax County Office for Children -- the early childhood education agency of the Fairfax County Government," is how the document begins. "I, Timothy M. Kaine do hereby commend Judith Rosen for distinguished service to the Commonwealth of Virginia, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens."

In the early '70s, Rosen was a graduate student intern working in the county executive's office. She crafted the Child Care Advisory Council's report to the Board of Supervisors that led to the creation of the Office for Children in 1975. As the governor's certificate explains:

"Using a combination of federal, state, local, and community funds Ms. Rosen worked toward making child care affordable for families, assisted parents in choosing and paying for child care, aided in providing professional education and technical assistance for the child care and early education community, and operated School Age Child Care (SACC) programs."

Recently Rosen served on the governor's Start Strong Council as chair of the governance committee, which guided the expansion of preschool for Virginia's 4 year-olds. "I wish to recognize and thank her for the steadfast leadership and professionalism that she demonstrated each and every day as a member of my team," the document continues. "Anne and I extend our best wishes to Judith as she tackles new challenges and continues to enrich the lives of others."


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