Starfish Family Services Names New VP of Early Childhood Programs


INKSTER — Starfish Family Services has named Karen Roback as vice president of early childhood policy and programs.

Roback will lead strategy development and bring thought leadership for early childhood programs to Starfish, a nonprofit dedicated to creating brighter futures for the children of at-risk families in metropolitan Detroit.

Roback will manage Starfish’s Great Start Readiness Program, Preschool Program of Excellence and Inkster community-based initiatives. She will also keep Starfish connected with early childhood program policy and growth opportunities at the state and federal levels.

Most recently, Roback was senior director of early learning innovation for the Early Childhood Investment Corp. She also served as director of Lenawee County’s early childhood program, Communities Helping to Increase Learning and Development (known as CHILD), and as director of St. John’s Early Learning Center.

Roback earned a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University, and a Master of Arts in early childhood education from the University of Michigan.

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