A Reading resident was recently named Commissioner of the Department of Early Education and Care for the state by a unanimous vote.
Thomas L. Weber, who served as the Acting Commissioner of Early Education and Care since March, was appointed to the permanent position last week, according to a press release from the state.
“Tom brings great perspective to this work and cares deeply about the well-being of the children in Massachusetts,” said Governor Deval Patrick in the press release. “I have been impressed by his leadership at EEC over the past few months and I have great confidence in his ability to serve as Commissioner. The children and families served by EEC are fortunate to have him as their advocate.”
Currently a Reading resident with his wife and two children, Weber graduated from the College of Holy Cross and Suffolk University Law School, according to the press release.
Weber also was the Legislative Director at Strategies for Children/The Early Education for All Campaign, Director of Community Partnerships at the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, Senior Issues Manager at State Senator John Kerry’s office and more in recent years.
“Building a system of safe, accessible, high-quality early education and care is essential to the future success of Massachusetts and its citizens,” said Commissioner Weber in the press release. “Providing children and families with a strong foundation for success in school and in life will produce a stronger workforce, help shape great citizens, and increase prosperity for all.”