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Arlene Paxton

Arlene Paxton is the Director of the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) Partners for Quality (PQ) Regional Support Network at WestEd.

The Regional Support Network consists of 12 Regions, 2 Area Managers, 14 Regional Coordinators, and 100+ PITC-certified infant/toddler specialists who provide training, mentoring, and coaching to administrators and staff in infant/toddler centers as well as licensed family child care and license-exempt providers.

The primary purpose of the PITC Partners for Quality regional support network is to increase the capacity and improve the quality of California’s infant/toddler early care and education services.

Paxton is responsible for the oversight and daily implementation of the Partners for Quality activities. She works closely with the Local Child Care Planning Councils, Children and Families Commissions, Resource and Referral program, as well as other entities involved in child care capacity building in each county.

In addition, Paxton coordinates the Regional Support Network’s outreach activities that contribute to the sustainability of the project.

Prior to joining WestEd, Paxton was responsible for the coordination and implementation of a citywide early literacy project initiated by the Mayor’s office in Oakland, CA, and conducted a variety of infant/toddler development series workshops for teen parents and care providers entering the field of early childhood education.

She also has several years experience working in Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Oakland.

Paxton received a BA in early childhood development from Humboldt State University and an MA in human development from Pacific Oaks College.