Jillian Balow, Governor Matt Mead’s policy advisor for human services, has been named as the new Department of Family Services Administrator for Early Child Development, according to a release from the department.
The release states the position sets direction and policy for the Department’s work in child care licensing and early childhood issues, in addition to directing staff and resources. Balow will also represent DFS on the State’s Early Childhood Advisory Council, which is charged with advising Departments and the Governor on the best use of available resources for early education and child development.
DFS Director Steve Corsi said, “I am pleased to announce that we have recruited someone with Jillian’s talent and background. Her leadership will help strengthen our partnership with child care professionals and provide DFS with a stronger voice in early childhood issues.”
Governor Mead added, “"Jillian has a special affinity for early childhood education and I am pleased that she has accepted this position."
Prior to joining Gov. Mead’s policy team, Balow was a supervisor at the Wyoming Department of Education, where she implemented and directed multiple programs related to early learning and school improvement. As a policy advisor, she worked on initiatives, programs and issues related to families and communities, including local governments, economic development, Tribal relations and early childhood.
"I look forward to building partnerships with providers and the Department’s other partners,” Balow said. “Working together will go a long way towards strengthening our common goal of providing the best start for Wyoming's children."
Balow was also recently selected as a member of the board of directors for the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies and volunteers for the Wyoming Children’s Society. She is also an ex-officio member of the Wyoming Early Childhood State Advisory Council and Serve Wyoming Commission.
Balow’s husband, John is a junior high school principal, and she has two children, 12 and 6 years old. Balow holds a master’s degree in education and an undergraduate degree in elementary education. She spent ten years in the classroom before transitioning into state government service.