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LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment Meeting: The Future of Child Care in California

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
10:00am - 11:15am PDT
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Child care is an essential part of a functioning society — never more so than during this pandemic. And it will continue to be so as we reopen our economy. In the wake of this crisis, questions we face range from how we create a system of care that supports parents and families, how we provide more than poverty wages to workers, and how we promote safe and healthy learning environments for California’s infants and toddlers.



Becca Patton

Director of Early Care and Education First 5 LA @First5LA

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 have equipped her with the insights to seek policy and systems change that truly benefit children and produce lasting outcomes for our youngest learners. Prior to joining First 5 LA, Becca was Program Director for Reading Partners, a national non-profit that provides students with the individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade. At Reading Partners, Becca expanded the program to serve 750 students throughout LA County. She previously served as a Public Affairs Specialist for LAUP where she supported campaigns that led to an additional $100 million invested in early learning at the local, state, and federal level. Becca got her start working in a preschool classroom supporting children’s language, literacy, and social-emotional development. After her time in the classroom, Becca supported, trained, and mentored college students working with preschool children throughout Los Angeles County by managing the Jumpstart program at both CSU, Northridge and Pepperdine University. Now at First 5 LA, Becca, in collaboration with local and state advocacy partners, guides the strategy around early care and education policy working to ensure all children in LA County have access to quality, affordable early care and education.


Debra Colman

Director, Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education (OAECE) LA County Department of Public Health @lapublichealth

Debra Colman is the Director of the Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education (OAECE) at the LA County Department of Public Health. OAECE leads program, policy and systems improvement efforts to support early care and education throughout LA County. With over 20 years of experience leading innovative initiatives for children and families, Debra has specialized in building the capacity of organizations and schools to deliver quality school readiness, literacy, and parent engagement services. Over her career, she has managed family literacy programs like Motheread/Fatheread - Los Angeles, administered the early learning investments of United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and led Families In Schools’ Early Education and Family Literacy Department. In addition, Debra has taught graduate students in partnership with the UCLA School of Education and is a Field Instructor with the UCLA and USC Schools of Social Work. Most recently, Debra was a Senior Program Officer with First 5 LA leading innovative policy and system's change strategies to increase access to high-quality early care and education for children. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from Cal State L.A. and a Master's Degree in Social Welfare from UCLA.


Mary Ignatius

Statewide Organizer Parent Voices @ParentVoicesCA

Mary Ignatius is the Statewide Organizer of Parent Voices CA, a parent-led grassroots organizing effort fighting to ensure equitable access to affordable, quality child care for low-income families, particularly moms of color. As the Statewide Organizer since August 2005, she coordinates the work of its 13 chapters and implements the leadership development model Parent Voices has crafted for nearly 25 years. Under her tenure, Parent Voices has won the most progressive child care eligibility policies in the nation, restored a child care program that was eliminated, and expanded affordable child care for thousands of families. She holds a Master of Social Work from Temple University and a Bachelor of Social Work from Rutgers University. She received the Ms. Foundation’s prestigious Woman of Vision Award in April 2016, presented by Gloria Steinem. Between 2017-2019 she served as a Community Commissioner on the Speaker of the Assembly's Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Care and Education. In 2020 she was appointed by Governor Newsom to the Early Childhood Policy Council.

Michael Olenick, Ph.D.

President & CEO The Child Care Resource Center @CCRC4KIDS

Dr. Michael Olenick has been the President and CEO for CCRC since 2003. He oversees all programs, projects, and services provided to over 50,000 children and families each month in a service area spanning 22,500 square miles. He is responsible for managing 1000 staff and a $300 million budget. For more than three decades, Michael has served on numerous boards and committees at the county, state and national level. He is a past president of both Child Care Aware of America and the California Child Care Resource & Referral Network (CCRRN) and currently chairs the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles County. He was a Governor’s appointee to the California State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care and an appointee on the Speaker of the Assembly’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education. He currently serves on CA Child Welfare Commission and serves on the Board of Directors of Zero to Three, the nation’s premier voice for babies. Michael was recently named for the third year in a row one of the 200 most influential people in the San Fernando Valley by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.


Recurring Dates:


  • Wednesday, October 14, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Learn More


2020 Past Program: 

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 10:00am - 12:00pm | Learn More
  • Wednesday, April 29, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Learn More
  • Wednesday, July 22, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Learn More


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