Office for Children Director
Anne-Marie Twohie New Director
Fairfax County Office for Children
Anne-Marie Twohie has been appointed director of the Office for Children by Fairfax County Department of Family Services Director Nannette Bowler. Twohie succeeds Office for Children founding director Judith Rosen, who retired in 2008.
In making the announcement, Bowler noted that Twohie has been “a strong advocate for children and families, and is well-respected by her colleagues and the community.”
Twohie has worked in the Office for Children since 1999. Before she was appointed acting director in 2008, Twohie headed the office’s Child Care Assistance and Referral Program, which helps Fairfax County families find and pay for child care.
As director, Twohie will oversee Fairfax County’s Head Start, Employees’ Child Care Center and School Age Child Care programs; the regulation of small family child care homes and the training of Fairfax County child care professionals; the Virginia Preschool Initiative; the child care subsidy program, and school readiness initiatives.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve our community in this new role, and look forward to working with the wonderful staff of OFC to promote quality early care and education in the county,” Twohie said, adding, “The early learning experiences children have during their formative years impacts them – and their communities – for the rest of their lives.”
Twohie serves on the board of Fairfax Futures; co-chairs the Early Care and Education Goal Group for Virginia's Plan for Smart Beginnings, and is a past member of the Virginia Professional Development Steering Committee and of Governor Kaine’s Start Strong Council Task Force on Professional Development. She also served as a board member/committee chair from 1993 to 2008 for the Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children.