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Ann Waldhorst Muscari, Class of 1951

Advocate for Children

Ann Waldhorst Muscari

Ann’s advocacy for quality child-care and in support of family on a variety of issues worthy of national discussion distinguished her long career after graduating from Marietta College in 1951 with a degree in Education. Hired by legendary Police Commissioner L.B. Sullivan as a social worker with the Youth Aid Division of the Montgomery, Ala., Police Department in 1966, she later joined the Montgomery County Family Court as a valued and innovative probation counselor before becoming the executive director of The Lighthouse, a non-profit youth-in-crisis counseling service.

She is perhaps best known professionally for her singular role as Vice President with KinderCare Learning Centers and as a tireless, compelling advocate for children in every state and all the way to the United States House and Senate. She frequently was asked to testify before government committees about child care issues and was a sought-after and featured guest authority on such programs as “The McNeil Lehrer Report” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show” after authoring the book, Child Care that Works, in 1989. Her book is still an authoritative resource provided to new mothers through public libraries and even from hospital maternity wards nationwide.

Ann’s work in the non-profit sector was as remarkable as her entrepreneurial success and she divided her interests and time between both local and national projects. A founding partner of the Montgomery Zoo, she also served as a board member of the American Cancer Society and worked with Jubilee CityFest while also providing support to others as a partner in various initiatives through the Montgomery Public Schools.

For her lifetime achievement, service to others and leadership, she was recognized as a “Woman of Achievement” by The Montgomery Advertiser in 1993.