TWC Commissioner Julian Alvarez Announced as Recipient of the 2018 Appointed Official of the Year Award by the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children

Date: Oct. 17, 2018

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AUSTIN ⎯ At their recent Annual Conference in Galveston, Texas, the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TXAEYC) recognized Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez as the recipient of their Appointed Official of the Year award for 2018. The award is given annually by TXAEYC to the elected or appointed official who has best championed, advocated, or advanced the interests of the early childhood education community in Texas. Past recipients of this award include Chairman Richard Raymond, Mayor Mike Rawlins, Chairman Dan Huberty, Chairman Trent Ashby, and several other noted officials.  
The TXAEYC selection committee this year said it unanimously selected Commissioner Alvarez based both on the totality of his efforts on behalf of early childhood issues as a Texas Workforce Commissioner, and because of his thoughtful and diligent work on developing the most effective plan for the Child Care and Development Block Grant funding from the federal government. TXAEYC said the Texas Workforce Commission has always been one of the most important stakeholders in Early Childhood Education among Texas agencies. Because of the integral relationship between child care and an effective workforce, TWC’s core mission necessarily intersects with the core mission of the TXAEYC. Since his appointment, TXAEYC said Commissioner Alvarez has been found at that crossroads fighting for Texas’ children and parents. 
“When young children have the opportunity to receive stable, quality care, and are inspired to learn, it opens up a world of possibilities for their futures and for our future generations,” said Commissioner Alvarez at the TXAEYC annual conference. “We must continue our commitment to supporting outstanding organizations such as TXAEYC in their mission to make sure that every child in Texas can reach their full potential. I am proud and humbled to be recognized by such an outstanding group of leaders.” 
Through programs such as Texas Rising Star, subsidized child care, and numerous other grants and programs, TWC has worked to ensure that child care centers in Texas have the resources they need to deliver high quality, affordable options to Texas children and parents. 
For those reasons and more, TXAEYC said it is proud to honor Commissioner Alvarez as the TXAEYC Appointed Official of the Year for 2018, and looks forward to continuing to work with him on the challenges and opportunities of early childhood education for many years to come.
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