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Friday, December 6

8:00am PST

Friday December 6, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am PST
Main Ballroom

9:00am PST

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Jackie Majors

CEO, Crystal Stairs
Jackie B. Majors joined Crystal Stairs, Inc. in 2009. As the CEO she is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization and for setting the agency’s strategic vision and direction. Crystal Stairs serves more than 40,000 children and families with child care subsidies... Read More →

Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 9:15am PST
Main Ballroom

9:15am PST

Keynote: Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
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Dr. Barbara Ferrer

Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Dr. Barbara Ferrer is a nationally-known public health leader with over 30 years of professional experience as a philanthropic strategist, educational leader, researcher, community advocate, and public health director.Currently, Dr. Ferrer is the Director of the Los Angeles County... Read More →

Friday December 6, 2019 9:15am - 9:45am PST
Main Ballroom

9:45am PST

Breakout Session Lightning Round Level-Setting
Summaries of pieces in breakout sessions 

Friday December 6, 2019 9:45am - 10:30am PST
Main Ballroom

10:45am PST

Session A - Workforce and Facilities: Essential Infrastructure for Increasing Equitable Access to Quality ECE
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

10:45am PST

Session B - ECE County Systems: Priorities, Intersections and Opportunities for Alignment
The L.A. County Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education, the Los Angeles County Office of Education and First 5 LA have developed a unique partnership to address systems alignment. This collaborative approach strives to strengthen the early care and education system across the County by reducing duplication of efforts and maximizing resources for young children. In this breakout session, all three organizations will highlight their strategic plan priorities, share opportunities for alignment and showcase examples of their partnership like Quality Start LA and the Kindergarten Transition Workgroup.

The OAECE Strategic Plan will be available at www.childcare.lacounty.gov in early 2020.


Sonja Robinson

Workforce Development and Professional Learning Program Manager, Los Angeles County Office of Education
Sonja Robinson is currently the Workforce Development and Professional Learning Program Manager for Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), Head Start and Early Learning Division. As an educator and advocate in the early childhood profession for over 25 years, she understands... Read More →

Debra Colman

Director, Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education
Debra Colman is the Director of the Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education (OAECE) and possesses over 20 years of experience leading innovative initiatives for children and families. For several years, Debra has specialized in building the capacity of organizations... Read More →

Becca Patton

First 5 Los Angeles, Director Early Care and Education
Becca Patton has been involved in education for the past fifteen years, and is currently serving as the Director for Early Care and Education overseeing this portfolio at First 5 LA. Her combined programmatic and policy experience in both early care and education and K-12 education... Read More →

Friday December 6, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Room 2/3

10:45am PST

Session C - Early Childhood and Municipalities: City Approaches to Strengthening ECE Systems
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

12:30pm PST

Lunch Panel: Knitting the Pieces Together
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Kim Pattillo Brownson

Vice President Policy & Strategy, First 5 Los Angeles
As the Vice President for Policy and Strategy, Pattillo Brownson strengthens First 5 LA’s profile and influence on local and statewide early childhood public policy, legislative and advocacy efforts. In addition to overseeing First 5 LA’s relationships with and advocacy campaigns... Read More →
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Kris Perry

Deputy Secretary and Senior Advisor to the Governor, CA Health and Human Services Agency
Kris Perry, a national leader in early childhood policy, serves as Deputy Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency for Early Childhood Development and Senior Advisor to the Governor on Implementation of Early Childhood Development Initiatives.  Perry is recognized... Read More →
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Jacquelyn McCroskey

Professor of Child Welfare, University of Southern California
Jacquelyn McCroskey is the John Milner Professor of Child Welfare at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, where she also serves as Co-Director of the Children’s Data Network, a data and research collaborative focused on linkage and analysis... Read More →
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Maral Karaccusian

Children and Human Service's Deputy, Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn
Maral Karaccusian is a public servant who is deeply committed to the advancement of progressive policies that defend and increase opportunities for marginalized people, children, older adults, and current and former foster youth.She currently serves as the Senior Children and Human... Read More →

Friday December 6, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm PST
Main Ballroom

1:45pm PST

Addressing the Flawed Financing of Early Care and Education
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Jeanna Capito

Consultant, Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis of the Los Angeles County Early Care and Education System
Jeanna Capito has been working in the prenatal to five field for nearly 25 years with experience including the management of child care programming, Early Head Start, Head Start, developmentally oriented pediatrics, national home visiting models, and child welfare programming... Read More →
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Simon Workman

Consultant, Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis of the Los Angeles County Early Care and Education System
Simon Workman is the director of Early Childhood Policy at the Center for American Progress, an independent nonpartisan policy institute based in Washington, DC. Simon conducts research and analysis on a wide variety of early childhood issues, elevating the need for policies... Read More →
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Annie Chang

Associate Director of Advisory Services, Nonprofit Finance Fund
Annie partners with nonprofit leaders and philanthropy to strengthen the financial health of the social sector through customized financial management consulting. Most recently, Annie has partnered with The California Endowment to build capacity of youth empowerment organizations... Read More →

Friday December 6, 2019 1:45pm - 3:10pm PST
Main Ballroom

3:10pm PST

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Kathryn Barger

LA County Supervisor - 5th District
Supervisor Kathryn Barger proudly serves the residents of Los Angeles County’s 5th Supervisorial District — the county’s largest — spanning 2,800 square miles, which includes 22 cities and 70 unincorporated communities in the San Gabriel, San Fernando, Crescenta, Santa Clarita... Read More →

Friday December 6, 2019 3:10pm - 3:25pm PST
Main Ballroom