OFC Director Wins Award


Office for Children Director Named ‘A National Leader’

Judith Rosen, the director of the Fairfax County Department of Family Services Office for Children, has won the 2008 Outstanding Service to Children Award from the Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education.

The award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the education and development of young children in Virginia. In notifying Rosen that she is the 2008 recipient, VAECE Past President Edyth Wheeler called Rosen “a national leader” in providing quality early childhood education services.

Rosen was the founding director of the Office for Children when it was established by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 1975. Under Rosen’s leadership, the county provides a comprehensive, integrated array of child care and education services for its citizens. Rosen oversees the regulation and training of child care providers in Fairfax County; the Fairfax County Head Start program; the 134 School Age Child Care centers located in public school facilities; the Virginia Preschool Initiative; the Employee Child Care Center; the School Readiness Collaborative and the Child Care Assistance and Referral program. Rosen was also key in establishing Fairfax Futures, a nonprofit organization which partners with the Office for Children to promote early childhood education.

Over the past 30 years, Rosen’s work has impacted an estimated 500,000 children.

Wheeler explains that Rosen pioneered “providing affordable, accountable, quality early childhood education services for a diverse, multi-ethnic community.” She added, “We are privileged to have an opportunity to recognize [Rosen’s] work in our field.”

VAECE will present the award on February 16 at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Reston.

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