“There is a higher law than the law of government. That’s the law of conscience.”Stokely Carmichael
Laurie Furstenfeld has been a social and racial justice advocate for families and children for more than 20 years and draws from her previous experience as a social worker to inform her work today. In her time at the Law Center, she has crafted policies that increase the availability of affordable, enriching child care, ensure parents keep their child care, and improve housing and land-use protections for family child care home providers. She has co-led successful campaigns to pass four state laws, the strongest of their kind in the U.S.
Outside of her work at the Law Center, Ms. Furstenfeld has served as a board member of the Perfect Tender Child Care Co-op, and has also worked on children’s issues related to benefits, juvenile justice, foster care, mental health, special education, and immigration. Ms. Furstenfeld received her JD degree at University of California Davis, her master’s degree in Social Work at University of California, Berkeley, and holds a Public Service Law Program Certificate.
For more information or questions about Legislation, child care eligibility for resource families, or the regulation of family child care homes, please contact Ms. Furstenfeld.