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UPK Mixed Delivery Quality and Access Workgroup

The purpose and charge of the Universal PreKindergarten (UPK) Mixed Delivery Quality and Access Workgroup, including relevant statute, membership, meeting details, and related documents.


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Our Call to Action

California’s mixed-delivery system intends to offer a variety of early learning and care settings to allow parents and guardians an authentic choice to meet the needs of their families. However, access to high-quality preschool programs for families utilizing subsidized early learning and care options has been undersupplied. Additionally, the current standards of quality for preschool pursuant to Education Code (EC) Section 8203 and found in Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations must be reviewed and, more importantly, must be updated through the lens of equity - for children, families, and the workforce and to incorporate more recent research and understanding of what practices best support children’s development and learning. Our call to action has been initiated by the Legislature’s addition of a state-level workgroup intended to review these standards listed in EC Section 8203, as well as to review practices to expand access to high-quality preschool programs in the mixed-delivery system.

Pursuant to Assembly Bill 185, which has been codified into EC Section 8202.6, the Superintendent, in consultation with the Director of Social Services and the Executive Director of the State Board of Education (SBE), is required to convene a universal preschool (UPK) mixed-delivery statewide interest holder workgroup (Workgroup). As part of a statewide collaborative effort, the CDE has welcomed the partnership of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Per EC Section 8202.6, the Workgroup is required to include representatives from:

  • County offices of education
  • Contracted state preschool programs, including those operated by school districts and by community-based organizations
  • Transitional kindergarten programs
  • Tribal preschool programs
  • Educators
  • The Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • First 5
  • Resource and referral programs
  • Alternative payment programs
  • Contracted general childcare programs serving preschool-age children
  • Head Start
  • Private center-based preschool providers
  • Licensed family childcare providers
  • Researchers
  • Child development experts

The Superintendent is required to, in consultation with the Director of Social Services and Executive Director of SBE, provide a report to the appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the Legislature and the Department of Finance with the recommendations of the Workgroup.

Statutory Charge of the Workgroup

  1. Provide recommendations on best practices for increasing access to high-quality universal preschool programs for three- and four-year-old children offered through a mixed-delivery model that provides equitable learning experiences across a variety of settings.
  2. Provide recommendations to update preschool standards pursuant to EC Section 8203 to support equitable access to high-quality preschool and transitional kindergarten programs through the mixed-delivery model and across all appropriate settings and funding sources.
  3. Ensure that recommendations are in alignment with the work of the Master Plan for Early Learning and Care, without recommending new system changes that create increased state or local costs to offer preschool across the mixed-delivery system.

Workgroup Selection Process

The UPK Mixed Delivery Quality and Access Workgroup includes interest holders with experience and expertise related to preschool quality and access. The Workgroup consists of state appointees and individuals identified through an open application process creating a diverse and representative group of individuals.

To establish the Workgroup, the California Department of Education (CDE) identified Workgroup members through a combination of individual referrals and an open application process.

The CDE identified Workgroup members to invite through individual referrals based on their experience working on quality and access issues in preschool programs and their roles in key organizations working on quality and access issues in California. Identification of representatives from the specific groups/agencies is outlined in AB 185 through a referral process.

To solicit applications through an open process, the CDE developed and widely disseminated a survey application form.

Workgroup members were chosen based on several factors, which included both work and lived experiences. The CDE received nearly 300 applications, and each was read by three reviewers. Members were selected and notified in mid-November 2022 and the Workgroup was established on December 1, 2022.

This Workgroup is convening under the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act of 1967 External link opens in new window or tab. denoting that all Workgroup meetings will be open to the public to attend, as well as each meeting will contain a forum to capture public comment. To avoid limitations under this Act and to ensure diverse opinions and experiences are uplifted from around the state, the CDE selected individuals for this Workgroup who are not currently participating in other public workgroups.


Workgroup Members

*Please note that the original email listserv announcing the establishment of the Workgroup included an incorrect affiliation for this member. The affiliation listed here is accurate.

Representative Agency/Affiliation
Ansina Green Green Tree Community School LLC
Carolyne Crolotte Early Edge California
Christian Patterson Santa Barbara County Education Office
Dawn Anderson Robbins School
Deidre D. Jones Neighborhood House Association
Donna Yuriar San Mateo County Office of Education
Elsa Jacobsen Early Care and Education Consortium
Fabiola Gonzalez First 5 Fresno
Gina M. Fromer Children's Council of San Francisco
Gloria Corral Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)
Guadalupe Diaz Lara California State University, Fullerton
Hanna Melnick Learning Policy Institute
Heather Remund California State University San Bernardino Children’s Center*
Jennifer Adcock Moreno Valley Unified School District
Jennifer Marroquin Tulare City School District
Kate Williams Browne Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Katie Hardeman California Teachers Association
LaWanda Wesley Child Care Resource Center
Lorena Burrola Merced County Office of Education
Mei Hua Fu Kai Ming Head Start
Melissa Herrarte Bunch Foothill Learning Center
Michele Berke California School for the Deaf
Michelle Spence San Diego Unified School District
Misty Knight Hoopa Valley Tribe
Nancy Herota Sacramento County Office of Education
Otokonda Ble Otokonda Ble Daycare
Radha Bala Berryessa Union School District
Samantha C. Thompson The Education Trust-West
Scott Turner East San Gabriel Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)
Susie Estrada Centralia Elementary School District
Kimberly Rosenberger Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Tony Jordan Stanislaus County Office of Education & Central California Migrant Head Start

Workgroup Meetings

Date and Time Location Agenda Notes
January 26, 2023, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Teleconference: Register in advance to receive a link to the webinar External link opens in new window or tab.

January 26, 2023 Agenda (PDF) TBA
February 23, 2023, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Teleconference: Register in advance to receive a link to the webinar External link opens in new window or tab. TBA TBA
March 23, 2023, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Teleconference: Register in advance to receive a link to the webinar External link opens in new window or tab. TBA TBA
April 27, 2023, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Teleconference: Register in advance to receive a link to the webinar External link opens in new window or tab. TBA TBA
May 25, 2023, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Teleconference: Register in advance to receive a link to the webinar External link opens in new window or tab. TBA TBA

Questions about the Workgroup may be directed to

Questions:   Early Education Division | | 916-322-6233
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, January 11, 2023
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