The Alliance View
First Edition Summer 2018
Message from the Executive Director
Hello Folks,

I hope you are staying cool during the very hot summer. We'd like to introduce a new look to our electronic newsletter, which highlights some of the areas of focus.

Most notably, the Child Care Alliance is in the process of implementing the new Child Care Bridge Program in which we will offer subsidized child care to foster parents for a specific period. Read more about this exciting program below.

In terms of Legislation and advocacy, we are very happy to be partners in the Early Care and Education Policy Advocacy Fund, supported by First 5 LA and managed by Community Partners. This new grant allowed us to bring on board our new Policy & Communications Associate, Jessica Guerra. Together with our member agencies and community partners, we have elevated the focus on our advocacy efforts. Read more about this year's activities in this edition of The Alliance View .

Finally, we've successfully executed a new contract for Stage One services for our member agencies to provide CalWORKs families with subsidized child care throughout Los Angeles County. The Alliance agencies have held the contract in partnership with the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) for the last 18 years and we look forward to continuing to serve vulnerable families in our communities.

As we look to the Fall, our sights are once again set on Public Policy concerns. This is especially meaningful this year with the November election that will bring a new Governor to the State of California. Enjoy the rest of your summer and we'll bring you our next edition of The Alliance View in the fall.

With much appreciation,

Cristina Alvarado
Executive Director
Bridging the Access Gap

The State Legislature not only acknowledges the need but has invested in expanding access to subsidized child care for families in crisis. CCALA and its member agencies have a new program, the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children ...
Strengthening Families

Families struggle to afford child care. In most cases, child care is one of the highest expenses for a family, even more than rent. CCALA is committed to strengthening families through various programs and efforts such as...
Advancing Public Policy

This year, a Billion for Babies budget was our priority. Both Federal and State legislative bodies provided funding to increase access to affordable, quality child care for our most vulnerable children but we fell short of our goal. How much funding is coming to child care?...
Celebrating Providers

On June 23, CCALA hosted the 8th Annual Karen Kaye Awards to celebrate the accomplishments of more than 100 providers who completed the Gateways for Early Educators™ program.
Working together to strengthen families and ensure high-quality child care and early learning across
Los Angeles County

What's New

There are many new faces at CCALA . We are excited to introduce: (names in order from left to right)

Dana Christensen, Program Associate, QRIS
Christian Smith, Data Entry Specialist, Workforce Registry
Jessica Guerra, MPA, Public Policy & Communications Associate
Andrew Chen, Data Entry Specialist, Workforce Registry
Keila Escobedo, Outreach & Training Associate, QRIS
Brandon Yim, Data Entry Specialist, Workforce Registry
Chitra Anwar, Program Assistant, QRIS
Nadirah Jones, M.Ed., Systems Project Manager, Workforce Registry (not pictured)

We have room for more, so if you enjoy being a team player and working at a place you enjoy, then learn more about our open positions.