Fair Oaks, California
Child Development Consultant
California Department of Education - Early Learning and Care Division
Laura Dawn Bridges is a leader in the field of early childhood education. Her current work as a Child Development Consultant at the California Department of Education, Early Education & Support Division involves oversight of key early childhood publications for the State of California including California's standards for preschool, California Preschool Learning Foundations (volumes 1,2, & 3) and other aligned publications, DVDs, websites, and online modules. She is currently the contract monitor for the California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN).

Bridges background includes teaching at community colleges and universities; administration at child care resource and referral agencies; training and technical assistance work at WestEd, Center for Prevention and Early Intervention (CPEI), (Early Start Institutes, Inclusion Institutes, Project Relationship); and at WestEd, Center for Child and Family Studies (Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC)).

Bridges obtained an MA from University of Oregon in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Child Development.