Janet Fish

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 early childhood professionals will contain concrete objectives creating real systems-level change over the next five years.

Higher Education Bonding and Building: PEACH Statewide Cross-Sector Collaborations that Transform EC Systems

Over the past six years, Partnerships for Education, Articulation and Coordination through Higher Education (PEACH) has grown from a small group of ECE higher education faculty members in Los Angeles County to a collaborative of ECE faculty members from 26 institutions of higher education (community colleges, California State, UC, and private universities at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs) in Los Angeles County, partnering with faculty and related agency and advocacy organization colleagues across California. Increasingly called upon as thought partners in ECE systems change initiatives, PEACH members are intentionally deepening their capacity to collaborate—as ECE academics and advocates. Updates will provide several examples of PEACH advocacy and collaboration to-date and the expansion of PEACH’s scope of work.

In this session, participants will be guided by PEACH’s examples to engage in small group discussions and whole group report-outs to explore and share their perspectives regarding their own roles as ECE professionals in California ECE systems transformation.

Janet Fish, EdD


Jan Fish, EdD, has been in the field of Early Childhood Education since the late 1960s. Inspired by Head Start with its emphasis on child, family and community development, Jan worked in cross-cultural ECE programs as center teacher and director for 11 years.

After having taught Child Development courses in a several community colleges, Dr. Fish served as Professor and Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary B.A. Major in Child Development and, subsequently, Professor and Coordinator of the M.A. in Early Childhood Education at California State University Northridge.

Jan earned her doctorate in Early Childhood and Developmental Studies from UCLA, and her research and advocacy interests include the role of inclusive, collaborative consultation in early childhood program growth as well as in ECE systems change. She has been awarded three Fulbright fellowships and has taught, published, and lectured internationally in Spanish and English.

Jan has been Lead Consultant and now is Co-Lead Consultant with Partnerships for Education, Articulation and Coordination through Higher Education (PEACH), an ECE cross-sector higher education collaborative with faculty from more than 40 institutions of higher education, from 2011 to the present. She serves on the California Transforming the Workforce for Children Ages Birth Through 8 Core Team, co-leading Priority Area 3: Higher Education.