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Wilma Gold



Wilma Gold

Adjunct Faculty (POC)

  • Roles:

  • Mentor instructor, Pacific Oaks

  • Second Reader for Thesis, Pacific Oaks

  • Campus:
  • San Jose
Academic Affairs
Pacific Oaks College

I am a graduate of PO in Human Development (1972). Sometimes it is hard to believe that it has been so long ago. I began working as a preschool teacher in 1971. In those days in California there were no educational requirements to be a teacher. A colleague of mine suggested I investigate Pacific Oaks when I was fed-up with trying to graduate from UCLA. A big university was not for me. I was lost in the crowd and had trouble getting all the classes I needed. I thought that I would never get a degree.

I worked as a teacher for 2 years while in school and became a director upon graduation. I started in parent co-oping and that set my passion and values of including families in all the early childhood work I have done since. I have directed parent co-ops, state-funded, faith-based, private-for-profit and not-for-profit programs for infants through after-school. I also served a regional manager for Bright Horizons for 4 years. I retired from UC Santa Cruz where I was the Director of Child Care and Education Services.

In addition, I served as the chair of the Santa Cruz Child Care Planning Council and returned to the Council several years ago and recently retired. I served as President of Peninsula Association for the Education of Yong Children (PAEYC) and sat on the California Association for the Education of Young Children board. I have taught in the early childhood education department at UC Santa Cruz Extension and for Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz and now only for Pacific Oaks. My husband and I are a part of Educators for Peaceful classrooms and Communities, a training and consulting nonprofit, The organization provides training for families, educators and communities to support children's development of positive social, collaborative, communication and conflict resolution skills enabling them to become positive, contributing members of their community.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
B.A. Human Development Pacific Oaks, Pasadina CA 1972
Masters of Social Work Yeshiva University, New York NY 1990
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member National Association for the Education of Young Children
Treasurer Educators for Peaceful Classrooms and Communities inc.
Member Communities Organizing for Relational Power in Action
Central Coast Early Childhood Advocacy network
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Member Indivisible Santa Cruz
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Child & Adolescent Development Social Development
Diversity Cultural Issues
Early Childhood Education Learning through Play
Leadership General Expertise
Social Justice General Expertise
Title Location Date
NAEYC Conferences Multiple locations multiple years
EPCC Level I & II Training multiple locations since 1998
Workshops for various childcare provider orginations On going
CaAEYC Conferences Multiple locations many years

Wilma Gold MSW, Marilyn Shelton PhD, Susan Hopkins, Joyce Daniels, Chris Lamm PhD, (1996). Level I & Level II EPCC Training Manual. Nevada City, CA: Self Published.


Wilma Gold, Sharon Daviddson, Gus Gold, Cindy Santa Cruz et al. (July). Connecting the Generations. Child Care Information Exchange. (July/ August 2014). p 39 - 41.


Wilma Gold MSW (Quar). Variety of topics for EPCC Newsletter. EPCC Newsletter.

Professional Skills
Teacher Trainer, Parent Educator,