"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
August 17, 2020 | Issue #33
Tim Fitzharris, Ph.D., a consultant and lobbyist for the Child Development Policy Institute (CDPI) – and most recently for Child360/Los Angeles Universal Preschool – has announced his retirement, effective August 1, 2020.  After successful careers in corrections/probation and child protective services/foster care, he began a 25-year professional commitment to the Early Care and Education field.

“My years working with the Early Care and Education community have been exciting and extremely beneficial. The commitment to Early Childhood Education by the Governor, the Legislature and the Public is strong. The future is bright.
I want to thank all the professionals, advocates, legislators, department and legislative staff, and parents who have taught me the issues, and have fought to build a stronger support system for California’s children. It has been a privilege to work with you.”

In addition to being a registered legislative advocate for CDPI, Fitzharris has represented eight other ECE organizations: CA Alternative Payment Program Association, 1999-2003, EveryChild California (formerly CA Child Development Administrators Association), 2002-2011, Professional Association for Childhood Education, 2002-2013, Child Care Careers, 2002-2005, Children’s Home Society of California, 1996-2008, Early Care and Education Consortium (national association), 2011-2014, CDPI-Education, 2012-2015, and Child360 (formerly Los Angeles Universal Preschool), 2014-2019. He also staffed several joint efforts to unify the Field on policy and Budget issues: The United Child Care Campaign, The California Partnership for Early Care and Education, and The Children’s Alliance.

To Tim, you have been a true champion of programs that lift families and children up. Your expertise and knowledge throughout the years has benefitted each and every one of us that came afterwards. "After climbing the mountain, you can finally enjoy the view."

Unfortunately, these times we are are in did not allow a proper send off for Tim. If so inclined, click here to send Tim a message.