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Ruth W. Mayden
Ruth W. Mayden is Director for the Program for Families with Young Children at The Annie E. Casey Foundation. She joined the Foundation in August, 2002 and is responsible for its emerging work in child care, early childhood development (with a special focus on outcomes associated with children being healthy and ready to succeed in school). She also oversees the Foundation's work in health (especially access to good quality medical and public health services through neighborhood based outreach); and child mental health (focusing on the social and emotional aspects of school readiness, as well as parental risk factors such as depression and substance abuse). In addition to these three core areas, Ruth is responsible for integrating relevant work from the Foundation's investments in income security, child welfare and education into a more holistic strategy around families with young children.
Ruth W. Mayden was Dean of the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College from 1987 until 2002. Before becoming Dean, she taught at the School and served as Assistant Dean and Associate Dean. Prior to coming to Bryn Mawr, Ms. Mayden was the Executive Director of the Day Care Association of Montgomery County (PA), a private, non profit agency providing comprehensive child day care services to children and families.
A graduate of Morgan State University with a Master of Social Service from Bryn Mawr College, Ms. Mayden's experience in social work practice includes social service planning, administration and advocacy, and teaching and administration in graduate social work education. She is very involved in the higher education and social service community and has served on numerous boards and professional associations. Among her current and past affiliations are: Council on Social Work Education, National Association of Social Workers, Board of Directors and former President; National Association of Black Social Workers; National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work; Women's Christian Alliance, Board of Directors; Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth; Child Care Matters, Advisory Board; and former consulting editor for Social Work, The Journal of the National Association of Social Workers; and, member of the New York City Child Welfare Advisory Panel. She is currently a commissioner on the Middle States Commission on Elementary Education and also serves on the national advisory boards of The Whitney M. Young School of Social Work at Clark-Atlanta University and the Social Work Department at Morgan State University