First 5 Alameda County Commission Speaker Series

First 5 launched a speaker series beginning in February 2021 to bring in a variety of
guest speakers to explore and discuss early childhood topics as part of our regular Commission Meetings. Find information for upcoming speakers and materials from past speakers below. 

February 25, 2021: Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at University of California, Berkeley and YMCA of the East Bay

Presentation Overviews

Centering the Workforce: A Necessary Approach to Counter Systemic and Racial Inequities in Early Care and Education

The work and research of the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment is rooted in contributing to early care and education (ECE) systems in ways that explicitly reveal, dissolve, and resolve systemic inequities that cause harm to children, families, and the educators that work with them—especially when they are Black, Indigenous, and people of color. The data and insight they will provide are especially helpful as we consider policy and strategic investment in the ECE workforce now amid COVID-19 and in the future, with potential for Alameda County Measure C: Children’s Health and Child Care Initiative.

Alameda County Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program Pilot

Our partners and colleagues from YMCA of the East Bay gave a presentation about the Alameda County Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program Pilot, a partnership between First 5 Alameda County, Alameda County Social Services Agency, and Tipping Point Foundation.

Presenter Bios

Dr. Lea Austin is Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley where she leads the Center's research and policy agenda aimed at improving the status of early educators. She has extensive experience in the areas of workforce development, racial equity, early childhood leadership competencies and curricula, and public policy and administration. Her interest in securing access and opportunities for early educators to leadership and decision-making roles in the field were spurred by her work with Mills College and First 5 Alameda County where she developed leadership programs in higher education and community settings and implemented a professional development initiative focused on attainment of college education. She is a co-author of numerous papers focused on the preparation, working conditions, and compensation of educators, including the Early Childhood Workforce Index, Racial Wage Gaps in Early Education Employment, and California’s ECE Workforce: What We Know Now and the Data Deficit That Remains.

Pamm Shaw is the Vice President of Strategic Funding and Partnerships for the YMCA of the East Bay. Formerly the Director of their early childhood programs (Head Start, Early Head Start, and subsidized Child Development). Pamm has extensive experience in successfully implementing programs, professional development and managing multiple funding sources and is known for her innovative and creative programs. Pamm has directed statewide training and technical assistance projects, with a focus on traditionally underserved populations.She has developed and contributed to numerous articles and curricula specifically to improve the skills of early childhood professionals to meet the needs of all children and families. Pamm and her team have created the Head Start Apprenticeship program – training Head Start and child care parents to become early learning professionals. Pamm has worked in early education programs for over 40 years as a teacher, administrator, trainer and director.

Presentation materials

Dr. Lea Austin, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, UC Berkeley

Pamm Shaw, presenting with Daryl Bright, Success Manager, and Kiahnka Ennon, Apprentice Teacher, YMCA of the East Bay

Upcoming Speakers

Find meeting information on our Commission Meetings and Agendas page.