8:44 am - Friday December 15, 2017

Mary Anne Snyder to Join CDHS as Director of Office of Early Childhood‏

Mary Anne Snyder to join Colorado Department of Human Services as
Director of Office of Early Childhood
Colorado Department of Human Services Executive Director Reggie Bicha announced today that Mary Anne Snyder has been appointed the Director of the Office of Early Childhood.
Snyder brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in early childhood education and development to the new Office. She is the founding President of the Celebrate Children Foundation which focuses on helping communities create the most effective early learning systems for children from birth to age five.
Snyder has dedicated her career to ensuring that all children experience optimal childhood development in a safe and secure environment in order to reach their full potential. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds, and is the immediate past president.
She received the 1998 Commissioner’s Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families for her leadership and service in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
Snyder currently works as the Executive Director for the Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund, a position she has held since 2001.
Governor John Hickenlooper announced in June the creation of the Office of Early Childhood in the Department of Human Services. The Office includes Child Care Licensing; Child Care Quality Initiatives; Colorado Child Care Assistance Program; Early Childhood Councils; Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation; Early Intervention Colorado Program (Part C/Early Intervention); and the Promoting Safe and Stable Families program.
October 11, 2012
John W. Hickenlooper
Governor
Reggie Bicha
Executive Director
1575 S herman S treet • Denver, CO 80203 • 303-866-5822 • www.colorado.gov/cdhs
The goals of the new Office include:
• Working with local communities and families to ensure they have access to the necessary information and resources for healthy early childhood development;
• Ensuring that families and early childhood professionals across the state have access to necessary supports so that all Colorado children are ready for kindergarten and reading by third grade;
• Providing a coordinated system of early identification of children who may be at risk of not achieving academic outcomes;
• Increasing access to quality early learning experiences for all children birth to age five;
• Working with partners to build a connected and coordinated system for service delivery; and
• Supporting continuous quality improvement in child care environments.
In her role as Director, Snyder will work collaboratively with early childhood partners across the state as well as existing programs at the Colorado Lt. Governor’s Office, the Department of Public Health and Environment and the Department of Education. In addition, along with her staff of 40 employees, she will oversee the fulfillment of the Memorandum of Understanding recently signed by Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, Education Commissioner Robert Hammond and Executive Director Bicha.
Snyder will begin her work in the Office November 7.

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