Changing the childcare game.

CQEL is a nonprofit membership-based organization advancing the profession of providing quality early learning education.

CQEL attendees at conference

We are committed to developing early education for all Californians and ensuring its quality. We support programs in integrating promising practices and advocate for a thriving and diverse early learning system for children and families.

Meet the incredible volunteer team behind CQEL. Together we have over 150 years of experience in the early education field.

Ani Kuyumijan


Mary Breeding

Vice President

Jennifer Carter


Nina Bawa


Dave Esbin

Executive Director

Jamie Sanbonmatsu

Public Policy Co-Chair

Cindy O'Mara

Conference Co-Chair

Elke Miller

Membership Co-Chair

Makinya Ward

Public Policy Co-Chair

Greg McKeown

Public Policy Co-Chair

Jason Breeding


Sherri Springer

Board Member Emerita, Past President

Candice Bailey


Join Us

We're building a better future for California children.Join today to improve and grow your child care program.