Rendon to Convene First Hearing of Speaker’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education

For immediate release:

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) will convene the first hearing of the Speaker’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education on Monday, March 6 at 9:30 a.m. Presenters will address California’s current childcare landscape, including subsidy programs, Proposition 98 funded programs, and access to childcare.

Speaker Rendon announced the formation of the commission earlier this month. The commission’s goal is to develop solutions to improve results for California’s youngest learners and their families. It will be tasked with identifying ways to create a more sustainable early learning system and update an outdated funding plan that has been unable to meet the demand for child care access in California. The commission will enable the Assembly to find ways to improve the state’s early learning system, and realize those improvements through policy and budget decisions.

WHEN:           9:30 a.m, Monday, March 6, 2017

WHERE:         Room 4202, State Capitol

WHO:             Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), commission co-chair

                                  Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), commission co-chair

                      Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park)

                      Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco)

                      Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego)

                      Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R-Escondido)

                      Michael Olenick, President & CEO, Child Care Resources Center

                      Nina Buthee, Executive Director, CA Child Development Administrators Association

                      Deborah Kong, Director, Early Edge California

                      Dr. Celia Ayala, Senior Advisor, L.A. Universal Preschool

                      Tonia McMillian, SEIU Local 99 member and child care provider

                      Mary Ignatiusm Statewide Organizer, Parent Voices

                      Parvin Ahmadi, Superintendent, Castro Valley Unified School District

                      Dr. Jacquelyn McCroskey, Professor of Child Welfare at USC, School of Social Work

                      Sonia Campos-Rivera, Director of Education Policy and Public Affairs, L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce

                      Donna Sneeringer, Policy Director, Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles

                      Erin Gabel, Deputy Director, External & Government Affairs, First 5 California Rowena Kamo, Research Director, CA Child Care Resource & Referral Network

A copy of the full agenda is attached.

Contact: Kevin Liao, (916) 319-2063

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