2015 Summit Highlights

A Message from Executive Director Camille Maben

Thank you to those who attended the 2015 Child Health, Education, and Care Summit on February 10-12, with a special appreciation to attendees who took the time to complete the on-line survey. Your comments and suggestions are invaluable.

During the three days, we had nearly 1,000 participants from a variety of backgrounds listen to keynote speakers and panelists, pre-summit workshops and sessions. In addition, the California State Library hosted a screening of the PBS Documentary Series, "The Raising of American: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation." It was gratifying to see the diversity among so many professionals working together to support the health and well-being of California's children and their families.

I'd like to share with you the following interesting results and feedback we received from the evaluation survey:

  • A majority of participants were most interested in the networking opportunities and improving their knowledge of early childhood issues and resources for children and families.

  • The vast majority said the Summit was well organized and exceeded their expectations, and felt the content and information provided by the presenters and the keynote speakers would be useful in their professional work.  

  • Additionally, an overwhelming number of participants responded that they would attend the 2016 Summit.

"The Summit was a very high-level affair, from the keynote speakers to the break-out sessions, including the pre-summit. I loved the variety of disciplines represented. I was very impressed with the organization. As someone who is a seasoned early educator, I do not often feel inspired or stimulated by conferences. This was one that I have been raving about to all my colleagues!"

We are eager to begin work on the 2016 Child Health, Education, and Care Summit, and hope to see you all there!


  • “The keynote speakers were inspiring and cutting edge. The workshops were interesting, a cut across many different areas that impact young children.”

  • “Dr. Harris was amazing. So interesting and provided real information that we could take back and use.”

  •  “Overall, this Summit was phenomenal! The information, keynote speakers and sessions were so informative. The only improvement I could add would be to have more of them! I cannot stop sharing how superb it was to my co-workers!”

  • “The speakers were dynamic, inspirational, and motivating. I've been raving to my colleagues about their messages. It really brought the whole point of the conference home for me.”

  • “For a first-time event, I am sure the next year will even be better. I liked that it was in Sacramento, excellent panelists and keynotes!”

  •  “It was great to see so many people from a variety of disciplines and fields come together to think and talk about how to increase collaboration and partnerships focused on child development and family engagement.”

  • "All aspects of the summit were great!! I think it's imperative to connect with First 5 California and Grantee's of First 5 throughout the state to collaborate what we are all passionate about. Thank you for all the hard work in planning such an amazing event."


2015 Keynotes and Featured Presentations

Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is the founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW). She has earned international attention for her innovative approach to addressing adverse childhood experiences as a risk factor for adult disease such as heart disease and cancer. Her work has demonstrated that it’s time to reassess the relationship between poverty, child development, and health, and how the practical applications of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study can improve health outcomes.
Video Presentation

Dowell Myers, Ph.D.
Dowell Myers is a professor of policy, planning, and demography at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, where he also directs the USC PopDynamics Research Group. Professor Myers is an interdisciplinary scholar well known for his research on the interaction between demographics and many aspects of public policy. His work emphasizes the current generational transition underway between the aging baby boomers, who are beginning to retire, and a younger, more diverse generation that is now being educated to replace them in the work force, among the taxpayers, and in the housing market. He is a leading authority on the California population, whose racial, immigrant, and political changes precede the nation’s by two decades or more. Dr. Myers is the author of the award-winning book Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America. Myers holds his Ph.D. from MIT and a Master of City Planning from UC Berkeley.
Video Presentation

Ross A. Thompson, Ph.D.
Dr. Ross Thompson, a developmental psychologist, studies early parent-child relationships, the development of emotion understanding and regulation, conscience development, prosocial motivation, and the growth of self-understanding in young children. He is broadly concerned with the development of constructive social motivation early in life. Recent studies have examined, for example, how the content and structure of early parent-child conversation shapes young children’s developing understanding of emotion, morality, and self. Dr. Thompson also works on the applications of developmental research to public policy concerns, including school readiness and its development, early childhood investments, child abuse prevention, families in divorce, and early mental health. He has written in a large variety of public and policy forums about these topics.
Video Presentation

Neera Tanden
Neera Tanden is the President of the Center for American Progress. Ms. Tanden previously was senior advisor for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, advising Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and working on President Obama’s health reform team to develop and pass the Affordable Care Act. Prior to that, Tanden was the director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden campaign, managing all domestic policy proposals. She served as policy director for the first Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, and was associate director for domestic policy and Senior Advisor to the First Lady in the Clinton administration.
Video Presentation

Delaine Eastin
Delaine Eastin served as the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) for eight years from 1995 to 2003, the first and only woman in history elected to that position. Prior to serving as SPI, Delaine served eight years in the California State Assembly where she chaired several committees, including the Education Committee. After retiring as SPI, Delaine was the first Executive Director of the National Institute for School Leadership in Washington, D.C. and then a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Educational Leadership at Mills College in Oakland.
Video Presentation

Ted Lempert
Ted Lempert is the President of Children Now, a national research and advocacy organization based in Oakland, California. He is also a Lecturer in the Political Science Department at UC Berkeley. Previously, Mr. Lempert was the founding CEO and co-founder of EdVoice, a California education reform organization and also was a California State Assemblymember representing San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties from 1996 to 2000 and 1988 to 1992.
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2015 Session Presentations

2015 Summit Program Guide

2015 Summit Program Guide

Session 1

1A Partnering with Home Visiting: Best Practices for Critical Family Services

1B Postpartum Depression and Disrupted Attachment: The Impact of Maternal Mental Health on Child Development

    Diana Lynn Barnes, The Center for Postpartum Health

1C Uprooting Child Poverty: Promoting Programs that Work in Sonoma County

    Marta Flax Tilling, Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County
    Angie Dillon-Shore, Sonoma County Human Services

1D Early Start Family Resource Centers: The Heart of Early Start

    Linda Joy Landry, Family Resource Centers Network of California
    Debra Sarmento, Family Resource Centers Network of California

1E Systems Integration That Actually Works: Help Me Grow

    Patsy Hampton, California Project LAUNCH and Help Me Grow California
    Loren Farrar, Help Me Grow Alameda
    Rebecca Hernandez, Help Me Grow Orange County
    Debbi Davis, Children's Nurturing Project

1F Early Learning in Libraries: An Unexpected Ally

    Joshua D. Sparrow, MD, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Boston Children's Hospital
    Kathleen Guerrero, First 5 El Dorado County
    Carolyn Brooks, El Dorado Hills Branch Library
    Suzanne Flint, California State Library

1G Mitigating the Impacts of Trauma in Young Children: Lessons from Program and Policy Strategies in Illinois

1J Trauma Informed Caregiving: Addressing the Needs of Young Children in Foster Care

Session 2

2A From Early Trauma to Security and Joy: One Child’s Successful Journey and the Science Behind It

    Laurie Prusso, Modesto Junior College

2B The Big Lift: San Mateo County’s Bold New Vision for Achieving Student Success

    Anne E. Campbell, San Mateo County Office of Education
    Kitty Lopez, First 5 San Mateo County
    Erica K. Wood, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

2E Maternal Depression Screening, Assessment, and Treatment Pilot

    Ruth Newton, SAY San Diego Extended Day Childcare Program
    Khawla Suleiman, Pediatric Developmental Services Department

2G Early Identification and Linkage within Low-Income Communities in Contra Costa County

    Alise Paillard, Solutions to Advance Learning Utilizing Technology
    Wanda Davis, First 5 Contra Costa County

2H Building Capacity to Strengthen Low-Income Latino Families and Youth

    Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, San Jose State University
    Betsy Nikolchev, Family Engagement Institute, Foothill College
    Carmen Ponce, Stretch to Kindergarten and Early Learning Programs

2I College Child Development Centers – Supporting Student Success

Session 3

3A Achieving Good Oral Health in early Childhood Programs: The Virtual Dental Home

    Maureen Harrington, MPH, University of Pacific School of Dentistry
    Jenny Kattlove, Strategic Health Initiatives, The Children's Partnership

3B Alameda County Fathers Corps: Building a Father-Friendly Community

    Gary Thompson, Alameda County Public Health Department
    Tim Roberts, Alameda County Social Services Agency

3G Los Angeles Universal Quality Preschool Coaching Model in the Context of California’s Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge

    Edith Garcia, Los Angeles Universal Preschool
    Nidia Hernandez, Los Angeles Universal Preschool

Session 4

4C Powered Up Partnerships: Improve Your Reach and Impact Collaborate with Women, Infants, and Children!

4D Improving Early Childhood Development Through a Collective Impact Framework

    Nina Alcaraz, First 5 Monterey County
    Marcie Castro, Early Childhood Development Initiative
    Edward Moreno, Monterey County Health Department
    Francine Rodd, First 5 Monterey County

4F Parents and Pediatricians Partnering – Enhancing Child Development

    Donald Miller, Children's Primary Care Medical Group
    Tara Milbrand, American Academy of Pediatrics
    Bronwen Anders, University of California, San Diego

4H The Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Children

    Jyothi Marbin, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
    Elisa Tong, University of California Tobacco Cessation Network

4J Green Child Care: Tools and Programs for Healthy Brain Development

    Asa Bradman, Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health
    Bobbie Rose, California Childcare Health Program
    Phil Boise, Green Care for Life
    Eileen Monahan, First 5 Santa Barbara County
    Ellen Dektar, Alameda County Early Care and Education Planning Council
    Kimberly Hazard, Greening Preschools Program
    Kathy Tama, Early Childhood Education Initiatives