The Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education envisions a high quality early care and education system accessible to all families that nurtures children’s healthy growth and early learning, fosters protective factors* in families, and strengthens communities.
What We Do
The Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education shapes policy recommendations, facilitates planning, and provides a range of services aimed at improving the availability, quality and access to early care and education programs. The Office supports efforts to promote informed parents’ choice of early care and education services and the meaningful engagement of parents in those services. And finally, the Office works across disciplines to promote access to concrete supports that families need.
How We Conduct Our Work
- Direct management of its three programs –
Investing in Early Educators – Stipend Program –Designed to increase the retention and academic preparedness of teachers working in child development programs – centers and family child care homes – in which most of the children are subsidized by the California Department of Education/Early Education and Support Division. Stipends are made available to teachers completing college coursework that informs their work with children and families, and/or contributes toward a degree in child development or a closely related field.
Child Care Planning Committee – The mission of the Child Care Planning Committee is to engage parents, child care providers, allied organizations, and community and public agencies in collaborative planning efforts to improve the overall child care infrastructure of the County of Los Angeles, including the quality and continuity, affordability, and accessibility of child care and development services for all families.
Policy Roundtable for Child Care and Development – The Los Angeles County Policy Roundtable for Child Care and Development builds and strengthens early care and education by providing recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on policy, systems and infrastructure improvement.
- By providing staff support to a County-wide initiative –
Strengthening Families Learning Community – The Chief Executive Office (CEO) is facilitating County department efforts to work internally, across departments, and with community partners to integrate the Strengthening Families and Protective Factors* framework into their work with children, families and communities.
Publications and Reports –The Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education, on behalf of the Policy Roundtable for Child Care and Development and the Child Care Planning Committee, oversees research and the development of reports and publications that tackle issues relating to enhancing the quality of early care and education programs.
Helpful Links and Resources –The Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education has compiled a list of web-based resources relating to the field of early care and education, including licensing and regulatory compliance, resource and referral, assessing and enhancing quality, professional development, data and research, financing and technical assistance, connecting families to resources, promoting male involvement in early care and education, and more.
Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education
Service Integration Branch/Chief Executive Office
222 South Hill Street, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 974-4103 Telephone • (213) 217-5106 Facsimile
*The five protective factors are:
- Parental resilience
- Knowledge of parenting and child development
- Social connections
- Concrete supports in times of need
- Social and emotional competence of children
**The Strengthening Families Approach and Protective Factors were developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy.