It is with immense respect and deep appreciation that we remember child care leader Carol Thompson. A tireless advocate for families, she worked to help create a child care subsidy program that could support parents, children, and early childhood educators. For 35 years she lead the staff at Child Care Links with compassion, dedication, and a vision for change. Carol and other pioneers of child care worked with Alameda County to help launch Cal WORKs Stage 1, a program that extended child care subsidies dramatically. She served on the board of directors for the California Alternative Payment Program Association and on numerous committees focused on finding solutions for low-income parents and the early learning community.
Many of us have lasting memories of the presentations Carol gave at our annual agency conferences. Today we continue to carry with us the valuable tools she shared. Whether it was a reminder to take care of ourselves so we can support others or how to lift each other up as a team, she offered wisdom that was inspiring and lent to a wonderful, positive workplace. It is this commitment to staff, to colleagues who she treated as family, that remains in our hearts.
We honor all the years Carol worked for the community, all the effort and knowledge she brought to child care advocacy, and all the ways she enhanced our lives. She is remembered with great fondness and gratitude.