November 20, 2009


JUNE SOLNIT SALE,MSW, is the mother of three, grandmother of two and great-grandmother of four. She is an active child care advocate, author and consultant, with a special interest in public policy issues concerning children and their families.

In addition to having been the Chair of the California Child Development Programs Advisory Committee, the Los Angeles Mayor's Advisory Committee on Child Care, she has served on many national, state and local committees and panels. June’s professional career includes: Educational Coordinator for the first Los Angeles County Head Start Program; Director of the Pacific Oaks Community Family Day Care Project; Executive Director of UCLA Child Care Services; and Interim Director of Child Development Services for the Santa Monica/Malibu Unified School District.

June has written extensively on child and family issues, including: Executive Editor of the UCLA Working Parents Newsletter; Co-author of the Working Parents Handbook (Simon and Schuster, 1996); FamilyEdge Expert and editor of the “Working Parents” section of and Knowledge Kids Network and more.

Currently, June is on the Advisory and Governing boards (past Chair of Advisory Board, and member of Governing Board) of LA’s BEST an afterschool program serving 30,000 children in Los Angeles Unified School District ; CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer in the family court program for children ; Advisory board of Stone Soup, a California based after-school program; Advisory panel of Caring for Our Children (CFOC): National Health & Safety Performance Standards – Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs and the Advisory board, Samuel Goldwin Children’s Center, a program of The Motion Picture & Television Fund.

LAURIE SALE is the mother of two, grandmother of five, and a recognized leader and innovator in creating community and out-reach resources for parents, grandparents, kids and teachers. She has worked extensively with professionals involved in children’s advocacy, education and media, and has successfully developed, sold, and marketed quality children’s media products. She is bilingual Spanish/English.

Laurie’s professional career includes: V.P. for Artistic Development at Arcoiris Records, Inc. working with José-Luis Orozco, the preeminent bilingual educator, author and recording artist; Special Projects Deputy for Councilman Bill Rosendahl, Council District 11 in Los Angeles: Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Knowledge Kids Network, where she was responsible for managing the editorial and developmental content for, an award-winning educational website for families of pre-school and school-age children, publishing 85 unique, weekly articles for parents, teachers and grandparents.: Vice President of Development for the Home and Family Entertainment division of Philips Electronics, responsible for securing licenses, developing and executive producing award-winning educational children’s software titles; President and Owner of Children’s Book & Music Center, the first and largest successful independent children’s book and music store in the country where she produced children’s concerts and events, as well as workshops for parents and teachers.

Laurie is also a published author of several children’s and parenting books and articles. She has written extensively for magazines and newsletters. As an expert in quality children’s products, she has also served as a literary agent specializing in children’s book and audio packages and as a consultant to children’s music performers, specialty book publishers, and on-line media companies. Laurie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Literature and Education from the University of the Americas in Mexico City, Mexico, as well as an early childhood teaching credential from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California.

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