Lisa Lee

2022 Patty Siegel Child Care Champion

Lisa Lee, 2022 Child Care Champion

Please join Children’s Council in congratulating Lisa Lee as our 2022 Patty Siegel Child Care Champion.

Lisa Lee’s contributions to the field of Early Care and Education (ECE) span more than four decades. She has served as an early education teacher, an ECE advocate, and a local, state and national leader. She has overseen bilingual child development centers and facilitated numerous trainings across the country.  

Lisa’s passion for early childhood education took root early. In San Francisco, she was a teacher at the Haight Ashbury Children’s Center in the 1980s before becoming the director of bilingual child care programs at Wu Yee Children’s Services, a key partner of Children’s Council. 

Currently, Lisa is a senior program officer with the First5 San Francisco Children and Families Commission, overseeing professional development and quality assurance systems for the city’s Preschool for All and Early Learning SF universal child care initiatives.  

Prior to this role, Lisa developed and facilitated training and technical assistance initiatives across early education, family support and social justice fields. She was the national program director of the Parent Services Project, a founding member of the Bay Area Network for Diversity Training in Early Childhood and a member of the First5 Solano Commission.   

Lisa co-authored “Stronger Together,” a family-strengthening curriculum replicated at more than 800 child care sites across the United States. She has contributed to numerous publications including The Antibias Book and the Visionary Director and Childcare Exchange.  

Together with parent leaders, she co-created the national model for Parent Café, which has become one of Children’s Council’s most popular and successful programs.  

Born and raised in Hawaii, Lisa is a third-generation Asian American who has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 40 years. In her spare time, she loves to garden, dance, cook and drum in an extended family home and dote on her two-year-old grandson. 

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