FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Diane Thomas
County Hires Child
(Santa Ana, CA) - A
child care expert with nearly 30 years of experience starts
work this week to help the County improve the quality
and number of affordable child care facilities in Orange
County. Anne Broussard will be on County Executive Office
staff as Child Care Coordinator.
She comes to the County of Orange from a position as Child
Care Coordinator for the City of Los Angeles, Commission
for Children, Youth and Their Families. While in LA, Broussard
developed a partnership between the City and the County
Office of Education's Head Start program that blended
various funding sources and resulted in creating a full-day
child care program. Head Start, a federally funded program
for the preschool children of low-income families, only
operates two and one-half hours per day. Broussard's coordination
produced an all-day program that served approximately
250 children at 17 sites.
During her LA tenure, she assisted in developing approximately
50 new child care centers.
"High quality, affordable child care is critical
to the ability of working parents to maintain their jobs,
have good work attendance, and have peace of mind that
their children are being well cared for," said Cynthia
P. Coad, Chair, Board of Supervisors. "Anne's background
is impressive, and I'm confident that she will build partnerships
throughout Orange County's child care network that will
benefit children, families and the workforce."
Broussard was previously Child Care Coordinator for UCLA's
University Village Child Care Center and, prior to that,
Child Care Coordinator for the City of Pasadena. At University
Village, she managed the construction of a new facility
and supervised a staff of more than 50.
She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in child development
from California State University, Los Angeles. Broussard
has taught child development and early childhood education
at both California State University, Los Angeles and Pasadena