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CCDAA Northern
Section Meeting
June 9, 2017
Livermore

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Section Meeting
June 9, 2017
Long Beach

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Section Meeting
June 15, 2017
Santa Barbara

Great Administrators Seminar
July 25-26, 2017
Monterey

Fall TA 2017
November 1-3, 2017
Sacramento


 

     
 May 2017 Member of the Month
            Debi Badger

Santa Barbara Unified School District
After School/Expanded Learning Program Director


CCDAA is proud to announce our May Member of the Month for 2017 is Debi Badger. She has been with the Santa Barbara Unified School District in a variety of positions for over 20 years: Child Development Head Teacher for 4 ½ years; Nutrition Services Account Technician for 9 years; and has been in her current position for the past 7½ years. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from California Polytechnic State University/San Luis Obispo in Child Development and has successfully completed 35 post graduate units in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. Debi received the 2014 California Visionary Leadership Award from the California Department of Education/After School Division and the 2016 California Teachers Association Gold Award.  Her professional interests include advocacy, leadership, the growth and healthy development of young children, parent involvement, and school readiness for all. Thank you for Debi for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us.  Congratulations!

What has been most rewarding about your career in early education so far?
Over the years it has been very exciting, as well as rewarding, to pull together staff teams who work together towards a common goal to deliver the best program for children and families. My career has taken me from Los Angeles/LAUSD, to San Diego/YMCA, then to Santa Barbara/YMCA, onto Oakland/YMCA, and then back to Santa Barbara/SBUSD where I have been employed for the last 20 years.   

If you could give advice to someone who is new in the administrative role, what would it be?
There is great joy in watching children and families grow, but if administrators work in state subsidized programs then they must have patience to persevere. The reimbursement rate is never adequate to run high-quality programs without other subsidies. 

What is your proudest accomplishment in your career?
The proudest accomplishment for me was facilitating a tour by two legislative analysts that led to a $30,000,000 lost cost of living allowance for state-wide early education programs in the 2000-2001. This was at a time when Senator Jack O’Connell was head of the Education Budget Committee and the legislative analysts had never stepped foot into early education programs in the past. I still sit in awe how the team put this visit together in under 2 weeks.