Breed names early care and education office director

San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Thursday she has appointed a Mission District native to lead the city’s Office of Early Care and Education.

Ingrid Mezquita will now be responsible for overseeing the city’s programs supporting care and education for children five years old and younger.

“Throughout her career, Ingrid has fought to ensure that all children have access to educational opportunities and high quality care to prepare them for the rest of their lives. I am confident that in her new role, she will continue to strengthen San Francisco’s system of care for our youngest residents while improving access and equity throughout the city,” Breed said in a statement.

Mezquita, who herself attended public schools in the city, previously served as the executive director of First 5 San Francisco, which works closely with the OECE to advance initiatives supporting young children across the local, regional and state levels.

“I have witnessed firsthand how much San Francisco’s evolution when it comes to caring for its youngest residents — from my days of growing up in her under the consent decree and bussed from the Mission to Chinatown, to helping our city be one of the first in the nation in launching its universal preschool system, Preschool for All,” Mezquita said in a statement.

“Despite the abundance of resources we have for our children, we are still challenged in closing disparities and realizing a vision in which all our children and their families have every opportunity to thrive and succeed. It is out of my commitment to this vision, I answered the call to serve as the new Director for the Office of Early Care and Education,” she said.

The OECE is one of the departments within the San Francisco Human Services Agency and connects families and children to the agency’s larger network of supportive services.

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