BATTLE CREEK, Mich., April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Carla D. Thompson, since 2010 deputy director of the Office of Child Care in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will join the W.K. Kellogg Foundation June 11 as vice president for program strategy. In her new position, Ms. Thompson will be responsible for managing the foundation's work with communities and grantees nationwide in the program areas of Education & Learning and Family Economic Security. In 2010-11, those program areas made 177 grants totaling about $130 million to help the foundation achieve its three organizational goals of educated kids, healthy kids and secure families. " Carla Thompson has an exceptional background that prepares her for a key leadership role at the Kellogg Foundation. She is an innovative thinker in early childhood education and brings a strong record as a manager both in government and in philanthropy," said Sterling Speirn, president and chief executive officer. Thompson, 37, has a dual background in education and social work and has earned a reputation as a strong and effective advocate for early child care and education, for better after-school programs and for support of low-income families. "I am thrilled to have the chance to join the Kellogg Foundation and its grantees. Over the past decade, I have worked to improve educational outcomes for the nation's most vulnerable children and their families. In my new role, I'm looking forward working with my colleagues to ensure that the communities we serve supports their members to achieve their full potential in life," Thompson said. In her current position, she is responsible for overseeing the national implementation of the Child Care Development Fund by managing 10 regional offices. The fund supports 1.7 million children monthly and distributes more than $5 billion annually. Prior to joining the Office of Child Care, she served as Assistant Superintendent for Early Childhood Education for the District of Columbia public schools, where she managed all aspects of the system's early childhood education program. Her professional experience in Early Childhood Education began in 2004 with United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, where she managed fund development and parenting and public engagement programs for United Way's "Early to Learn" partnership. In 2005, she became a special assistant in the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Public Welfare, where she helped shape and launch a new statewide early childhood education program.