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Lisa Roy, who previously served as executive director of preschool education in Colorado’s largest school district and has held senior positions at several charities, is the only finalist to head the state’s new Department of Preschool.
A new department that exists from March 1, will oversee many of the early childhood programs that are now housed in the state Department of Social Services and the Department of Education. He will also lead Colorado’s new universal preschool program, an ambitious attempt to provide free preschools for 4-year-olds across the state beginning in the summer of 2023.
Roy will take over the top job in the new department at a critical time for early childhood in Colorado. In addition to a major expansion of preschools, it will oversee ongoing efforts to help the hard-hit childcare industry recover from the pandemic, as well as make serious efforts to streamline applications for young children and reduce red tape for parents and suppliers .
“We are delighted to find the executive director of the new Department of Preschool Childhood the only finalist who shares our passion for education and the drive to ensure that every Colorado child can develop,” Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement.
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Roy is currently the Director of Program Development at the Buffett Institute for Early Childhood at the University of Nebraska. She led preschool education programs at Denver public schools from 2016 to 2019. Prior to coming to the county, she was executive director of the Denver Timothy Foundation and Bernadette Marquez and provided advice for education grants, the National Education Grants Network. -manufacturers. She has also worked for two other foundations in Denver: the Piton Foundation and the Daniels Fund.