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Friday, December 6 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Session A - Workforce and Facilities: Essential Infrastructure for Increasing Equitable Access to Quality ECE

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The session will begin with the “on-the-ground” perspective from St. Anne’s - an organization that provides high quality ECE to low income families in LA County. Lorna Little, CEO of St. Anne’s will provide an overview of the growth of their organization and the struggles they have experienced in expanding to a new facility and recruiting and retaining a qualified workforce. Elise Crane, Director of the ECE Workforce Registry will then provide an overview of their recent report “Progress and Potential: A snapshot of LA County in California’s Early Care and Education Workforce Registry”, highlighting data on LA County’s workforce as well as the work to expand the Registry statewide. Another critical step in expanding quality ECE in LA County and in the state as a whole is to ensure that there are sufficient physical facilities to serve more children -- particularly babies and toddlers. Ernesto Saldana from Advancement Project California, will provide an overview of their recent “Building California’s Future: Tackling the Facilities Challenge for our Youngest Learners” and the related web-based tool. Ernesto will provide an overview of the facilities challenge, how the lack of facilities perpetuate inequities in access, and state level recommendations that can significantly reduce these barriers. Ernesto will also share the Early Childhood Alliance’s Babies and Toddlers Campaign, local partnership to build an ECE system at the County level. Lastly, Max Thelander from the LA County Chief Executive Office Master Planning Unit will share work recently completed by his office in response to the Board of Supervisors’ motion that examines the availability of County-owned property that could be used for new ECE sites. Max will share his findings as well as opportunities to reduce barriers to facilities expansion at the local level.


Fiona Stewart

Program Director, Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles
In her more than 25 years in the early childhood education field, Fiona has worked as a teacher and director in early childhood programs, a college instructor, grant administrator, program director and and author, trainer, and speaker.  As the Program Director of the Child Care... Read More →

Lorna Little

President and CEO, St. Anne's
Lorna Little is a licensed clinical social worker and is the president and CEO of St. Anne’s, one of LA County’s preeminent social service agencies.  Prior to coming to St. Anne’s, she was the executive director of St. Agnes Family Center in West Hartford, Connecticut for... Read More →

Elise Crane

Registry Director, Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles
For over 18 years Elise has provided leadership for various early care and education workforce development programs including planning and implementing a $12 million compensation initiative for the City and County of San Francisco.  She participated in local, regional, and state... Read More →

Ernesto Saldana

Associate Director of Programs for Educational Equity, Advancement Project
Ernesto has over 20 years of experience in non-profit leadership. He serves as the Associate Director of Programs for Educational Equity where his primary responsibilities are to oversee the organization’s first effort in leadership and advocacy in community mobilization and advocacy... Read More →

Max Thelander

Analyst, Master Planning Unit, LA County Chief Executive Office
As part of the LA County CEO’s Master Planning team, Max develops long-range facility plans for County departments and reuse plans for vacant and underutilized County properties, drawing from his background in policy analysis, urban design, and community engagement. Previously... Read More →

Friday December 6, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Room 7