Press Release
December 19, 2023

Workforce Services Appoints New Office of Child Care Director


SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 19, 2023) — The Department of Workforce Services has appointed Heather Thomas, M.Ed. as the new director of the Office of Child Care. Thomas will oversee and administer programs dedicated to supporting working families through employment-supported child care programs.

Casey Cameron, executive director of the Department of Workforce Services, said, "Heather has demonstrated exceptional capacity in assisting with operations at the Office of Child Care.  With extensive experience and knowledge in early-childhood education, her skills will ensure the ongoing success of our role in supporting working families."

The Office of Child Care serves more than 13,000 children each month with child care assistance. It provides information to parents so they can find appropriate care. The office emphasizes parental engagement, school readiness, quality programming and professional development for caregivers and teachers.

Thomas joined the Office of Child Care in 2018 where she has worked as a program specialist, program manager and, most recently, assistant division director. Her career started as a teacher in pre-K and kindergarten. Thomas holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and French from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a Master of Education (M.Ed.) from the University of Utah. Throughout her career, Thomas has forged strong partnerships with state and federal agencies. These partnerships will continue to help provide accessible, affordable and quality child care for Utah children. 

"I am honored to take on this new role," said Thomas. "I believe the work we do in the Office of Child Care has a lasting impact, and I look forward to supporting this talented staff in continually improving our office's services for the people of Utah."

Thomas assumes her duties as director immediately. She replaces Rebecca Banner, who was recently appointed deputy director for the Department of Workforce Services.