Who We Are

Who is Parent Voices?

We are a parent-run, parent-led grassroots organization fighting to make quality child care accessible and affordable to all families. Parent Voices is a partnership of parents throughout California that combines leadership development, advocacy, and community organizing in its efforts to increase funding, improve quality, and provide better access to child care for all families. Parent Voices is a project of the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network (the Network).

Our Core Values

Parent Voices believes:

Working toward social change by developing new community leaders to advocate for child care and respond to emerging issues

Having parents and child care consumers identify our issues, solutions, and courses of action

Acting with passion and resolve, using a variety of strategies

Having strong, articulate parents govern the policies of the organization

Dismantling Racism in the Child Care System

Today’s child care policies still bear the marks of centuries of racist laws. Learn more by clicking on the images below and click here to download a letter on the racist roots of QRIS.

Provided by Child Care Law Center, Parent Voices California, and California Child Care Resource & Referral Network

Download all English image files here. Download all Spanish image files here.

Parents are the Experts

Parent Voices leadership development process begins with the conviction that every parent is the expert on their children’s needs and has leadership qualities. Our “learn-by-doing” approach provides opportunities for parents to express and develop those qualities while building a community organization.

Using our core values as a guide, we have developed the following leadership development activities for our parents to continue to be our leaders:

Work toward social change by developing new community leaders to advocate for child care and respond to emerging issues.

Knowledge is Power advocacy training is an interactive workshop about the federal and state budget and legislative processes. Utilizing skits and role plays, it supports low-income parents in developing their own ideas and responses to the challenges ahead in the budget and legislative year

Encourage parents and child care consumers to identify issues, solutions, and courses of action.

Local chapters meet monthly and always provide food and child care. Meetings are a great opportunity to meet other parents and become connected to your community. Parents build relationships which provides mutual support and helps build confidence in order to organize, lead, and participate in non-violent direct actions

Act with passion and resolve, using a variety of strategies.

Throughout the state budget decision-making process, parents testify at every state budget hearing related to child care and other social services. They infuse each hearing with the authenticity of their life experience, and the racial, linguistic and economic barriers they face. Parents also meet with their local, state, and federal legislators to advocate for policies that impact their lives

Parent leaders organize the annual Stand for Children Day, which brings 500 parents, children, and child care supporters together for a march, rally, and legislative visits in the State Capitol.

Fun activities, fundraisers, and demonstrations with a twist are organized throughout the year. Examples include a family dance night, yard sales, and a mock State Fair – the State UN-Fair – to protest state cuts to child care.

Promote strong, articulate parents to govern the policies of the organization.

Parent Voices Steering Committee is composed of parent representatives from each chapter. It sets policies, develops campaigns, and approves activities. Each chapter chooses a representative and an alternate for the Committee.

Every year 35 parent leaders and organizers from across the state participate in a leadership retreat to develop campaigns and strategy.

Accomplishments

Since 1996, Parent Voices has worked hard to expand opportunities for parent-led, parent-organized action. We have successfully engaged thousands of parents in advocacy aimed at the local, state, and federal levels. Our accomplishments are proof that when parents come together, they are able to take action and make significant social change. Download a timeline of our accomplishments here.
ENGLISH TIMELINE  SPANISH TIMELINE

Contact Us

Bay Area

Bay Area

Statewide Organizer

Mary Ignatius
mary@parentvoices.org

Statewide Lead Chapter Organizer

Jennifer Greppi
jennifer@parentvoices.org

Executive Director

Linda Asato
lasato@rrnetwork.org

California Child Care Resource and Referral Network

1182 Market Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 882–0234
Twiter: @ParentVoicesCA
Facebook: CAparentvoices

Alameda - Hayward

Organizer

Tasha Guzman
(510) 586–1700
Tasha@parentvoices.org

4Cs of Alameda County

22351 City Center Dr., Suite 100
Hayward, CA 94541
Website: www.4c-alameda.org/color/parent-voices

Contra Costa

Organizer

Candy Duperrior
(925) 848–8264
candy@parentvoices.org

Parent Leaders

Tamra Loomis
Michaela Meija

CocoKids

5095 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, CA 94531

Alameda – Oakland

Organizer

Clarissa Doutherd

Parent Leader

Noni Galloway
(510) 338–3049
clarissa@pvoakland.org

BANANAS

5232 Claremont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618
Website: www.pvoakland.org
Twitter: @Parent_Voices
Facebook: parentvoicescalifornia

Marin

Organizer

Bris Saligan
(415) 491–5776
bris@mc3.org

Parent Leaders

Veronica Duarte
Amarantha Silva
parentvoicesmarin@gmail.com

Marin Child Care Council

555 Northgate Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
Website: www.mc3web.org/parent-voices
Facebook: PVofMarin

San Francisco

Organizer

Maria Luz Torre
(415) 343–3383
marialuz@parentvoices.org

Parent Leaders

Eva Velez
Maria Antonietta
April Leung

Children’s Council of San Francisco

445 Church Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

San Mateo

Organizer

Janelle Fine
(650) 517–1426
jfine@sanmateo4cs.org

4C’s of San Mateo

330 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, CA 94065

Sonoma

Organizer

Sandra Lemus
(707) 522–1413 x133
slemus@sonoma4cs.org

Parent Leaders

Kristel England
Desiree’ Dambrosio
Martha Edith Gutierrez

4C’s of Sonoma

131-A Stony Circle, Suite 300
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Website: www.sonoma4cs.org/support-us/advocate/
Twitter: @pv_sonoma
Facebook: ParentVoicesSonoma
Instagram: @parentvoicessonoma

Solano

Organizer

Jennifer Ostrowski
(707) 864–4652
jostrowski@solanofamily.org

Solano Family & Children’s Services

421 Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534
(707) 863–3975 (fax)
Facebook: parentvoicessolano

Nor Cal

San Joaquin

Organizer

Christina Figueroa
(209) 461–2720
cfigueroa@frrcsj.org

Parent Leader

Tanya Andrews

Family Resource and Referral Center

509 W. Weber Ave, Ste 101
Stockton, CA 95203

Central Valley

Fresno

Organizer

Lou Hernandez
(559) 256–0963
louh@cvcsn.org

Parent Leaders

Belia Rivas

Central Valley Children’s Services Network

1911 N. Helm
Fresno, CA 93727
(559) 456–8381 (fax)
Website: www.cvcsn.org

So Cal

Los Angeles

Community Voices Organizer

September Hill
(323) 421–2628
shill@crystalstairs.org

Crystal Stairs

5110 W Goldleaf Circle, Ste. 150
Los Angeles, CA 90056
Website: www.crystalstairs.org/advocacy/advocacy-overview
Twitter: @crystalstairsla
Facebook: crystal.stairs1

San Diego

Organizer

Blake Hofstad
(858) 616–7809
blake@educ-enrichment.org

Parent Leaders

Justin Sams
Monique Rosas

San Diego YMCA

2360 East Jewett St.
San Diego, CA 92111
Facebook: PVSDCounty
Instagram: @parentvoicessd