Becca Patton has been involved in education for the past fifteen years, and is currently serving as the Director for Early Care and Education overseeing this portfolio at First 5 LA. Her combined programmatic and policy experience in both early care and education and K-12 education have equipped her with the insights to seek policy and systems change that truly benefit children and produce lasting outcomes for our youngest learners.
Prior to joining First 5 LA, Becca was Program Director for Reading Partners, a national non-profit that provides students with the individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade. At Reading Partners, Becca expanded the program to serve 750 students throughout LA County. She previously served as a Public Affairs Specialist for LAUP where she supported campaigns that led to an additional $100 million invested in early learning at the local, state, and federal level. Becca got her start working in a preschool classroom supporting children’s language, literacy, and social-emotional development. After her time in the classroom, Becca supported, trained, and mentored college students working with preschool children throughout Los Angeles County by managing the Jumpstart program at both CSU, Northridge and Pepperdine University.
Now at First 5 LA, Becca, in collaboration with local and state advocacy partners, guides the strategy around early care and education policy working to ensure all children in LA County have access to quality, affordable early care and education.
Director, Early Care and Education
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