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Friday, December 6 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Session C - Early Childhood and Municipalities: City Approaches to Strengthening ECE Systems

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City government plays an important and unique role in shaping a community’s ability to be a place where its youngest population is able to thrive.  More cities across the nation are taking action to improve the quality of and access to early care and education services in their city.  This breakout session will include panelists from four cities in LA County (El Monte, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Pasadena) that have taken steps to improve the foundations for young children growing up in their city.  The breakout session will highlight why city leadership became a champion for young children, what steps these cities are taking to improve early childhood supports, what have been the challenges and opportunities to bring their vision to fruition, and what should the county and state know about cities when designing ECE policies and funding.


Rafael Gonzalez

Director of Community Relations, First 5LA
Rafael González serves as Director of Community Relations for First 5 LA.  He is responsible for facilitating partnerships with municipalities, civic/community organizations, and parent/caregiver leaders throughout the Los Angeles County in order to advance First 5 LA’s goals... Read More →

Karissa Selvester

Executive Director, Mayor's Fund for Education Long Beach
Karissa Selvester is the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Fund for Education within the City of Long Beach.  She leads the Fund’s community engagement and development efforts in support of each of its three focus areas – Early Childhood Education, Internship Opportunities... Read More →

Vannia De La Cuba

District Liaison, Office of Pasadena City Councilmember Victor M. Gordo
Vannia De La Cuba is a passionate, community-driven individual who has dedicated her life to public service. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Communications with an emphasis in Urban Planning. With this education base, Vannia has focused her... Read More →

Andre Quintero

Mayor of the City of El Monte
Biographical InformationAndre Quintero was elected to serve his hometown as Mayor of El Monte on November 3, 2009. He previously served two terms on the Board of Trustees of the Rio Hondo Community College District.During his term on the Board of Trustees, he fought against student... Read More →

Julia Gould

Policy Director, Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian
Julia serves as the Policy Deputy for Councilmember Paul Krekorian. She staffs the Councilmember on the Energy, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice Committee, Housing Committee, and the Trade, Travel, and Tourism Committee. Before joining Council District 2, Julia worked... Read More →

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