Cecelia Fisher-Dahms

California's Response to Transforming the Workforce Birth to Eight and What it Means to YOU! 

A statewide early childhood professional development and professional learning systems change is underway! Based on recommendations from the Institutes of Medicine and the National Research Council’s seminal report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation, the California Department of Education and First 5 California are co-leading an effort to bring all early childhood education sectors to uniformed understanding and consensus about a systems change. The development of a plan intended to serve as a roadmap is key. A fully developed and articulated statewide system plan of certification, preparation and support for California’s earlychildhood professionals will contain concrete objectives creating real systems-level change over the next five years.

What is the state doing NOW? State Updates and the status of the Quality Rating Improvement System

From transitional kindergarten to revised InclusionWorks! to Sesame Street, Boys of Color, and everything in-between, come hear exciting state updates that can positively impact your professional development work with students and professional learning work with the existing workforce. Additionally, hear about how QRIS, a framework for rating and early learning program quality improvement, is impacting thousands of California children.

Cecelia Fisher-Dahms


Cecelia Fisher-Dahms is the Administrator of the Quality Improvement Office in the Early Education and Support Division (EESD) of the California Department of Education and responsible for the California’s early learning foundations, quality improvement activities described in the state’s Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan, and Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant. Since her appointment in September 2008, Cecelia has worked to create a cohesive early childhood (EC) professional development system and an updated child observational (Desired Results Developmental Profile) assessment system. Previously, she was a child development consultant in the EESD Policy Office for eight years. Prior to entering state service, Cecelia was involved in education for more than 25 years, administering EC programs for 18 years and teaching EC courses at the community college level and mathematics at the middle school level. She has a MBA, a Community College Credential for Early Childhood Education, and a Teaching Credential, with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.