Becca Patton has been involved in education for the past fifteen years and is currently serving as the Director of First 5 LA’s Early Care and Education (ECE) Team. The ECE Team is part of First 5 LA’s Center for Child and Family Impact, and as its director, Becca collaborates with functional leads to guide and fund systems change activities related to increasing access to high quality early learning experiences for children in Los Angeles County with the goal of ensuring all children have high quality early learning experiences before kindergarten. 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 L.A. 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 L.A. County by managing the Jumpstart program at both CSU, Northridge and Pepperdine University.