Patty Siegel, Founding Executive Director
It is with great sadness that we announce that Patty Siegel, founder and executive director of the California Child Care Resource & Referral Network (Network) from 1980 through 2011 passed away on December 25, 2015.
For more than 40 years, Patty Siegel was a tireless supporter, advocate, and mentor on all issues related to children, child care, and family support services. Her passion for the development and delivery of quality, accessible, affordable child care services led her to found one of the nation’s first child care resource and referral agencies, Children’s Council (previously known as Childcare Switchboard) in San Francisco. Patty's work led to California’s legislation providing state funding for child care resource and referral services (R&Rs) in every county of the state.
When the statewide California Child Care Resource & Referral Network (Network) was formed in 1980, Patty began what would be a 30-year commitment as Executive Director.
As Executive Director, Patty was an active participant in shaping state and federal policy that impacts children and families, and was creative in the development of diverse and innovative programs, including the Child Care Initiative Project, Parent Voices, Growing, Learning, Caring, and a host of others -- many of which have been shared at the national level.
Patty has been honored with numerous awards and proclamations, and her tireless and passionate commitment to children made her a frequent speaker at conferences.
Patty Siegel, advocate for child care programs- SF Gate Article
The Board of Directors has established The Patty Siegel Legacy Fund to honor Patty's long and passionate commitment to making quality child care accessible and affordable for all families. This fund will help ensure that the Network's research, advocacy, and grassroots organizing remain strong and supported in the years to come.