Stacey K. Young assumed the duties of director for the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy March 15, 2021.
As director, Ms. Young is responsible for programs and policies that promote military families’ well-being, readiness and quality of life. In this capacity, she has oversight for Department of Defense child development and youth programs, which serve 700,000 children annually at more than 300 locations worldwide. Ms. Young has purview over military family readiness programs, including military family lifecycle and transition support, and community capacity building to support geographically dispersed military members and their families. She also has oversight of the Family Advocacy Program, Child and Youth Advocacy Program, and Exceptional Family Member Program.
Prior to assuming her current duties, Ms. Young served as a program analyst in the Office of Children, Youth and Families for the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy beginning in April 2019. In this capacity, she contributed to programs and policies that support the availability of quality child care for military families worldwide, as well as being the lead for Congressional reports and inquiries relating to Department of Defense child development and youth programs.
Ms. Young has more than 32 years of experience working with children, youth and families in nonprofit and federal child care systems. Her work within the federal system includes direct care and management experience in home-based and center-based child development programs at the installation level. She also served at both the Air Force Major Command and Headquarters level. An ardent advocate for support to geographically dispersed military families, she served as the Chief of Child and Youth Programs for the Air Force Reserve Command Headquarters where she provided oversight of programs that served the children, youth and families of Air National Guard and reserve families. During her time with the Reserve Component, she developed and executed the first-ever Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard Teen Leadership Summits. These annual summits bring together Air Reserve Component youth for week-long camps to explore and develop their leadership skills, build self-confidence and develop a sense of connection to the Air Force community. Her experience in the civilian sector includes work in National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited non-profit child care centers in local community and university settings.
Ms. Young is a three-time recipient of the Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award. She has also received numerous installation and command-level awards and performance awards.
Ms. Young graduated with honors and distinction from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. She completed the dual Air Command and Staff College and Master of Military Art and Operational Science program from Air University in December 2011.
The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy is directly responsible for programs and policies, which establish and support community quality-of-life programs for service members and their families worldwide. This office also serves as the focal point for coordination for a broad range of quality-of-life issues within the Department of Defense.