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About the Commissioner

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Commissioner Cagle

Governor Nathan Deal appointed Bobby Cagle as the new Commissioner of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning in January 2011. Commissioner Cagle leads the agency that is responsible for the early care and education of hundreds of thousands of Georgia’s children. He oversees an annual budget of $513 million for programs focused on licensing, nutrition, quality and Georgia’s Pre-K.

Prior to joining Bright from the Start, Commissioner Cagle served as the Director of Legislative and External Affairs for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). He also served previously as the Family Services Director for DFCS and was responsible for statewide policy and program development in the areas of child welfare, domestic violence, sexual assault, and provider contracting. His career includes positions as Deputy Director of Youth and Family Services for the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services in Charlotte, N.C., the Director of the Graham County Department of Social Services in Robbinsville, N.C., and as a Judicial District Manager for the North Carolina Department of Correction. Commissioner Cagle began his career as a social worker and was also a probation officer.

Commissioner Cagle is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory University’s School of Law. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the UNC-Chapel Hill, Graduate School of Social Work. Commissioner Cagle is the former co-chair of the North Carolina Daycare Committee for the North Carolina Association of County Directors of Social Services. In addition, he is a founding member of HAVEN Child Advocacy Center.

Commissioner Cagle earned the 2010 Higher Directions Award from Georgia EmpowerMEnt and was named the 1997 North Carolina Probation/Parole Officer of the Year. A native of Robbinsville, N.C., he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology and a Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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