Governor Timothy M. Kaine announced the creation of the Office of Early Childhood Development, which will be headed by Kathy Glazer, Thursday. She will report to the Department of Education and the Department of Social Services.
“Kathy Glazer has done an exceptional job reaching out to the early childhood community statewide,” says Kaine. “They have great confidence in her and that gives me great confidence in her. I can’t think of a better person for this job.”
Glazer was a principal staff person working on early childhood initiatives in August 2006 when Kaine asked her to lead the Working Group on Early Childhood Initiatives in the office of the Secretary of Education. The working group, which includes the heads of more than a dozen state agencies and secretariats, is charged with coordinating services for children and families.
Glazer was a key advisor on Kaine’s Start Strong initiative, guiding the Start Strong Council and other state-level efforts to strengthen early development from birth to kindergarten. She also is an officer of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation
The Office of Early Childhood Development will work to expand access to and coordinate Virginia’s system of high-quality early childhood development programs, birth to age five, providing a seamless continuum of services and education to Virginia’s neediest children and their families.
Prior to 2006, Glazer was Early Childhood Initiatives Director at the Department of Social Services. She designed the Smart Beginnings Initiative, the community partnership grants program, and coordinated the Virginia Early Learning Council, whose work resulted in the formation of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation.
Glazer received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and a master of public administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was awarded a Markel Scholarship for non-profit leadership.