The Patty Siegel Community Champion Honoree
For 30+ years Michele Rutherford has fought to ensure that our most vulnerable children have access to quality child care and early learning experiences that set them up for long term success.
As the Human Service Agency’s Program Director of Child Care Policy and Planning since 1998 and as Deputy Director of San Francisco’s Office of Early Care and Education since its establishment in 2013, she led the design and implementation of many innovative early care and education initiatives supporting families and the ECE workforce.
As a lifelong leader and advocate for children, Michele is respected by child care providers, legislators and community-based organizations throughout the state of California for her vision, passion and commitment. Michele’s work will continue to shape the landscape for families and children in this city for decades to come.
Aricela Aranivar opened The Painting Corner Childcare in her home in San Francisco’s Excelsior neighborhood in 1998. Working alongside her husband, she later sought and won a grant to expand her business into a larger space, encompassing the entire lower level of her home. Aricela’s continuing education efforts through the Family Child Care Quality Network, run by Children’s Council, as well as her active participation in numerous Children’s Council workshops and trainings, show her commitment to continuous improvement.
Aricela’s willingness to welcome families who afford child care via state or city-funded vouchers sets an example for how quality care can be made available to all children. Her Family Child Care business is a shining example of how Children’s Council supports children in San Francisco by connecting families to nurturing, developmentally-appropriate, culturally competent early education environments.