California ECE Network Maps

Project Snapshot

Contra Costa County, Employment and Human Services Department (EHSD), Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Initiative


Create a map of the organizations and collaboratives working to affect early care and education (ECE) policy in California to serve as a tool to better connect the field and improve its ability to secure necessary policy changes and investments to develop a more robust early care and education system


August 2016 – July 2017

What We Did

Facilitation and Support of Multi-stakeholder Collaboration

To develop this plan, GPG facilitated a series of meetings that included various stakeholder groups with different levels of engagement with this process between November 2015 and September 2016. Leadership from First 5 California (F5CA) and the California Department of Education Early Education and Support Division (EESD) formed the Support Team which provided overall strategic direction for the planning process. GPG coordinated and facilitated meetings of the Support Team, particularly in the early stages of the project to discuss planning process structure and participants.

GPG provided overall coordination and facilitation support for a 30-member Action Planning Team (APT), that was co-convened by F5CA and EESD. The APT represented a broad range of early childhood stakeholders from across California that participated in five in-person meetings. The APT formed three workgroups to develop specific recommendations and objectives in the three priority areas that the team identified during its first meeting: 1) Permitting and Credentialing, 2) Professional Pathways, and 3) Higher Education and Ongoing Professional Learning. Each workgroup was led by two co-leads, who collectively formed the Core Team which participated in three national meetings coordinated by the National Academies of Medicine. The Core Team also held phone and in-person meetings before and after meetings of the full APT. GPG provided direct support for the APT workgroups and Core Team. GPG also served as the liaison between the National Academies of Medicine and California’s planning teams.

In addition, GPG designed and facilitated an in-person workshop and online survey to obtain feedback and input from a broader group of stakeholders on draft recommendations and objectives developed by the APT workgroups (See Appendix G of the Implementation Plan for additional details).

Plan Development and Finalization

GPG provided extensive research and writing support for the development of the plan document, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: Implementation Plan for the State of California. As one example, this document includes a synthesis of relevant state and national reports, including the IOM/NRC report, based on GPG’s work to “crosswalk” recommendations from multiple reports to inform the work of the APT workgroups as they crafted Implementation Plan recommendations and objectives. Throughout the planning process, GPG worked closely with workgroup co-leads to clarify and refine recommendations and objectives both within and across priority areas. Additionally, GPG conducted research on specific topics to inform planning conversations and the development of content for narrative portions of the plan.

The final plan includes recommendations, objectives, suggested implementation partners, and timelines in the three priority identified by the APT:

  1. Permitting and Credentialing
  2. Professional Pathways
  3. Higher Education and Ongoing Professional Learning


This project resulted in the development of two online interactive maps:

State Level Organization Maps

Includes organizations working at the state level in California, and seeking to inform, influence, or affect ECE policy
and includes the following views:

  • By Type: shows organizations clustered by type: public agency / government entity or non-profit organizations.
  • By Subtype: shows organizations clustered by subtype, including foundations, research institutes, associations/member-based organizations, subdivisions, collaboratives, and other.
  • Nature of Work: shows the different types of work in which each entity engages (advocacy, professional development or technical assistance, direct services for children and families, funding, community organizing/social networking, media/communications, research).
  • By General Focus: shows organizations clustered by general areas of focus, including: formal early education, ECE workforce, child health, family engagement and strengthening, informal care, communities, and funding.
  • By Specific Focus: goes a level deeper than the general focus view to show a greater level of specificity within each general focus area. It includes specific focus areas such as program hours, compensation, parental mental health, home visiting, the cost of quality, etc.
ECE Collaborative Map

Includes collaboratives working at the state level in California, and seeking to inform, influence, or affect ECE policy. It also includes some large collaboratives at the local level that can inform state policy and includes the following views

  • By Collaborative Type: shows collaboratives clustered based on the purpose of the collaboration, including technical assistance, advocacy, cross-systems coordination, intra-system coordination, and funding.
  • Members: shows the member-organizations of each collaborative. This view also weights member-organizations based on the number of collaboratives in which they participate; organizations that are displayed as larger circles are members of more collaboratives.
  • By Focus Area: shows collaboratives clustered by the same general areas of focus as the State Level Organizations Map.

To support the field to use these maps, GPG also:

  • Created the ECE Network Maps Website, which also includes technical assistance materials to support map use.
  • Developed a set of map tutorials to help new users navigate the maps and maximize map functionality.