2016 Summit Highlights

A Message from Executive Director Camille Maben

Thank you to those who attended the 2016 Child Health, Education, and Care Summit on November 8–10. We appreciate attendees who completed the on-line survey; your comments will be used to enhance future Summits. We implemented many of your suggestions at the 2016 Summit, such as offering healthier meal choices, including more sessions on QRIS, and ending the Summit earlier. We intend to adhere to the same commitment to you in 2018.

During the three days, we had attendees from a variety of backgrounds, dynamic keynote speakers, 15 pre-summit workshops, 52 sessions, and an engaging post session with Dr. Junlei Li. In addition, the Los Angeles Universal Preschool hosted the reception-movie night featuring the documentary, The Beginning of Life.

Here’s a sampling of some of the results and feedback we received from the survey. The majority of attendees said the Summit:

  • Was well organized, inspirational, and felt the information provided was useful in their professional work.
  • Improved their knowledge and networking opportunities.

Additionally, an overwhelming number of participants responded that they would attend the next Summit. Planning has already begun on the 2018 Child Health, Education, and Care Summit. We hope to see you there.

Camille Maben
Executive Director
First 5 California

2016 Keynote Presentations

Welcome remarks by Camille Maben, Executive Director, First 5 California

Introductory remarks by George Halvorson, Chairperson, California Children and Families Commission

Introductory remarks by Diane Levin, Chief Deputy Director, First 5 California

Keynote by Emada E. Tingirides, Lieutenant, Los Angeles Police Department
Lieutenant Emada Tingirides was born in the city of Los Angeles to a single mother and was raised in Watts and South West Los Angeles.

In 1995, Emada joined the Los Angeles Police Department and completed her probationary period in the West Los Angeles Area. Emada promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2006 and completed her probationary time in Harbor Division. In 2007, Southeast Area Community Police Station was in search of a supervisor who had the ability to overhaul and reinvigorate the Community Relations Office. Emada transferred to Southeast Area with the goal of uniting a community and bridging the historical gap between law enforcement and the community it served. During this same time, Emada returned to college and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from National University.

In 2011, Emada was selected by the Chief of Police to coordinate the Community Safety Partnership Program (CSP). Her goal is to expand the Community Safety Partnership Program into all 14 public housing Developments in the City of Los Angeles.

Emada continues to dedicate her law enforcement career to the South Los Angeles community and has recently been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant; all while being married to the LAPD police Commander of Operations-South Bureau, the mother of two children and a beautiful blended family of six kids.

Keynote by Alison Gopnik, Ph. D.
The author of The Philosophical Baby, The Scientist in the Crib, and other influential books on cognitive development, Dr. Gopnik presents evidence that babies and children are conscious of far more than we give them credit for, as they engage every sense and spend every waking moment discovering, filing away, analyzing and acting on information about how the world works. Her work draws on psychological, neuroscientific, and philosophical developments in child development research to understand how the human mind learns, how and why we love, our ability to innovate, as well as giving us a deeper appreciation for the role of parenthood.

Dr. Gopnik’s research explores how young children come to know about the world around them. The work is informed by the “theory theory”—the idea that children develop and change intuitive theories of the world in much the way that scientists do. Recently, her research has been concentrating on young children’s causal knowledge and causal learning across domains, including physical, biological and psychological knowledge. In collaboration with computer scientists, Dr. Gopnik and her team of researchers are using the Bayes Net formalism to help explain how children are able to learn causal structure from patterns of data, and they have demonstrated that young children have much more powerful causal learning mechanisms than was previously supposed.

Introductory remarks by Delaine Eastin, former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Keynote by Sylvia Acevedo
Sylvia Acevedo is an award winning CEO, global thought leader and visionary who has earned worldwide recognition for her work in addressing two of society’s most vexing challenges—universal access to education and healthcare. In 2010, President Obama named Ms. Acevedo to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics where she serves as Chair of the Early Childhood Subcommittee. In 2012, she was named one of the top 100 American Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by US News and World Report.

Ms. Acevedo started her career as a rocket scientist at the Jet Propulsion Labs. She has since served as an executive with Fortune 100 companies: Apple, IBM, Autodesk and Dell. As a technology executive, she was well known for her ability to lead divisions to record growth and for her strategic acumen in turning around divisions with poor performance records. Ms. Acevedo holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University. She is currently the Interim CEO of the Girl Scouts of the United States.

Introductory remarks by Diana Dooley, Secretary, California Health and Human Services Agency

Keynote by Junlei Li, Ph. D.
As Co-Director of the Fred Rogers Center and Rita M. McGinley Professor of Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, Junlei Li seeks to understand and apply Fred Rogers’ philosophy and approach to serve children and their helpers. We look for and communicate what is “simple and deep” and matters most in service of children and their families. With our many partners and students, we strive to enhance the quality of human relationships surrounding children, promote children’s “growing on the inside”, and give positive meaning to the use of technology in children’s learning and growing.

Junlei joined the Center after serving as the Principal Research Scientist at the Fred Rogers Company, Director of Applied Research and Evaluation at University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development, and principal investigator on federal research grants at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology and M.A. in instructional science from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.S. in computer science from University of Notre Dame.

2016 Session Presentations


1A Reflective Practice in Real-Time: Deepening the Dialogue to Strengthen Relationships

    Joshua Sparrow, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Boston Children's Hospital
    Elita Amini Virmani, WestEd
    Chris Sciarrino, The Early Learning Lab
    Sheryl Chan, Moreland School District
    Renee White, Fresno Unified School District

1B Trauma Informed Care and Strategies to Support Children, Teachers and Families

    Julie Kurtz, WestEd

1C Building Constructive Alliances With Angry, Insecure, Unhappy, or Suspicious Parents

    Ronald Mah, Consultant, RonaldMah.com

1D First 5 San Bernardino’s Oral Health Partnership: Supporting Systems Change to Impact Health Equity

    Conrado Barzaga, Center for Oral Health
    Scott McGrath, First 5 San Bernardino

1E The Power of Professional Learning Communities: A Continuous Quality Improvement Approach

1F Behavior Support Services: Building the Social-emotional Needs of Young Children

    Priscilla Villafana, YMCA Child Resource Service
    Margaux Marquez, YMCA Child Resource Service

1G Are You In? Effectively Supporting Family Child Care Providers to Engage in Quality Improvement

    Holli Tonyan, California State University, Northridge
    Susan Savage, Child Care Resource Center

1H If I Had a Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Learning, What Would It Do?

    Moderator: Erin Gabel, First 5 California
    Dion Aroner, Service Employees International Union
    Nina Buthee, California Child Development Administrators Association
    Donna Sneeringer, Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles
    Ted Lempert, Children Now Mary Ignatius, Parent Voices

1I San Joaquin Reads Campaign - Going Beyond Talk Read Sing

1J Family Engagement and Trauma-informed Care

    Karen Rogers, University of Southern California
    Marian Williams, University of Southern California

1K Take Time. Talk! An Intervention to Improve Early Language Development in Low-income Populations

    Melissa Barnhart, Los Angeles Universal Preschool
    Mariel Kyger, Los Angeles Universal Preschool

1L Children with Special Needs and the CLASS? Sure! Hear How One Program Did It!

    Rebecca Berlin, Teachstone

1M Joint Venture Health: An Integrated Primary Care System for Early Healthy Child Development

    Judy Li, Joint Venture Health, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
    Suzanne Giraudo, Kalmanovitz Child Development Center CPMC Sutter Health
    Katrina Liu, North East Medical Services (SF)

1N Take a Minute. Relationships Matter!

    Emily Woolford, California Department of Developmental Services
    Kelly Young, WarmLine Family Resource Center

Session 2

2A Touchpoints in Libraries: The Power of a Strengths-based Approach to Supporting Families

    Joshua Sparrow, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Boston Children's Hospital
    Patrick Remer, Pleasant Hill Community Library

2B Growing a More Responsive Transdisciplinary Early Childhood Mental Health System

    Mary Ann Hansen, First 5 Humboldt
    Beth Heavilin, Humboldt County Office of Education
    Meg Walkley, Humboldt County Office of Education

2C The Journey from Trauma to Joy: One Child’s Journey

2D Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing 2 Years Later

    Kara Dukakis, The Opportunity Institute
    Dayna Long, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

2E Ensuring Equity within QRIS

    Ingrid Mezquita, First 5 San Francisco
    Gabriela Lopez, WestEd
    Lisa Lee, First 5 San Francisco

2F The Federal Every Student Succeeds Act Meets the Local Control Funding Formula: How Can New Accountability Systems Create Stronger Pre-K and K-12 Ties in California?

    Jannelle Kubinec, WestEd - Moderator
    Erin Gabel, First 5 California
    Patti Herrera, Early Edge
    Lupe Jaime, Fresno County Office of Education
    Sara Bachez, California Association School Business Officers
    Dave Gordon, Superintendent, Sacramento County Office of Education
    Barbara Murchison, California Department of Education

2G How to Approach QRIS Through a Systems-building Lens: A Case Study from Los Angeles County

    Kevin Dieterle, First 5 Los Angeles
    Christina Bath Collosi, VIVA Strategy + Communications
    Liz Guerra, Los Angeles County Office of Education

2H Promoting Social-emotional Screening: Partnerships for Policy Change

    Marian Williams, USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
    Marie Kanne Poulsen, USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

2I Mothers Strong- Tackling Perinatal Mood and Anxiety through Collective Impact

    Anna Bauer, First 5 Butte County
    DeAnne Blankenship, California Health Collaborative
    Briana Patterson, Champion Mom

2J Linking Collaborative Assessment to Collaborative Instruction Using DRDP (2015) Reports: How All Children Benefit

    Patricia Salcedo, Desired Results Access Project
    Elizabeth Schroeder, Desired Results Access Project
    Tamarra Osborne, WestEd

2K WIC as a Platform for the Promotion of School Readiness: Partnerships to Sustain Impact

    Samar McGregor, Public Health Foundation WIC Program
    Nelly Mallo, Public Health Foundation WIC Program
    Mercedes Perezchica, First 5 Los Angeles

2L Family Voices of California Project Leadership: Engaging Family Leaders through Training, Mentoring, and Support

    Allison Gray, Family Voices of California
    Yvette Baptiste, Eastern Los Angeles Family Resource Center
    Olga Maldonado, Support for Families

2M The Right Place at the Right Time: Lessons from a National Scan of How States Fund & Coordinate Home Visiting Programs

    Angela Rothermel, Children Now

2N Perspectives on Infant Care: Preparing Professionals

    Marsha Peralta, Folsom Lake College
    Mary Jane Maguire-Fong, American River College

Session 3

3A Kindergarten Readiness: Predictive Skills and Effective Interventions

    Marc Hernandez, NORC at the University of Chicago
    Susan True, Kenneth Rain Foundation

3B Healthy Parenting Workshops: A Novel Approach to Nutrition and Parenting Education in Los Angeles County

    Zoe Schweitzer, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH)
    Jasmine Klintong, LACDPH
    Gabrielle Ettlinger, LACDPH

3C Challenging Behaviors and Challenging Lives: What Research Says About the Link Between Emotional Development and Classroom Culture

    Laurie Prusso Hatch, TeacherLaurie.com

3D Through the Hearts of Teachers Build the Minds of Children

    Steven Erwin, Kaplan Early Learning Company

3E Ensuring Equity within QRIS - Part 2

    Ingrid Mezquita, First 5 San Francisco
    Gabriela Lopez, WestEd
    Lisa Lee, First 5 San Francisco

3F Learn the Signs. Act Early: Free Resources to Support Developmental Monitoring

    Debra Sarmento, Family Resource Centers Network of California
    Monica Adrian, Merced County Office of Education

3G Addressing Poverty through a Collaborative Approach: How Public Health and Social Services are Partnering to Improve Outcomes

3H Partnering to Improve Health Outcomes for Families through Home Visitation

    Jovanna Gonsalves, First 5 San Joaquin
    Anna Martin, UCCE San Joaquin County
    Lorena Hoyos, UCCE San Joaquin County

3I Early Childhood Education and Child Welfare Partnerships for Vulnerable Children: Data to Policy

    Susan Savage, Child Care Resource Center
    Donna Sneeringer, Child Care Resource Center
    Jacquelyn McCroskey, University of Southern California

3J Starting Smart and Strong through Cross Sector Partnerships

    Whitcomb Hayslip, Fresno Unified School District
    Deanna Mathies, Fresno Unified School District
    Angelina Nguyen, Fresno Housing Authority

3K Improving Mental Health and Well-being for Families Before and After Delivery: Amador/Calaveras Perinatal Wellness Coalition

    Nina Machado, First 5 Amador
    Teri Lane, First 5 Calaveras
    Candace Carroll, Strategies - A Program of Youth for Change

3L Evidence-based Home Visitation Intervention to Reduce Child Welfare Entry

    Sheila Boxley, The Child Abuse Prevention Center
    Shannon Williams, LPC Consulting Associates

3M Knowing the Unknown: Innovative, Interdisciplinary Treatment for Safely Surrendered Infants

    Micah Orliss, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
    Sheela Rao, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
    Karen Rogers, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Session 4

4A Childhood Adversity and Essentials for Childhood Data Indicators on KidsData.org

    Marissa Abbott, California Dept of Public Health
    Gail Kennedy, ACES Connection Network
    David Dodds, First 5 California
    Lori Turk-Bicacki, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health

4B The Five Protective Factors as a Foundation to the Development of Annual Plans to Support Family Strengthening

    Evette Callahan, San Diego County Office of Education
    Tara Ryan, San Diego County Office of Education

4C Teaching and Learning with Infants and Toddlers: Where Meaning Making Begins

    Mary Jane Maguire-Fong, American River College

4D Translating Brain Science Into Relatable Messages and Usable Resources For Parents

    Christina Nigrelli, Zero To Three

4E Ensuring High-Quality Environments for Staff as a Component of a QRIS

    Elizabeth King, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
    George Philipp, WestEd

4F Using the CLASS with DLLs: How do we Best Support the Learners and Teachers

    Veronica Fernandez, University of Miami
    Campbell Buie, Teachstone

4G Inclusive Classroom Profile: Defining Quality in Inclusive Programs

    Shama Marshall, Santa Clara County Office of Education
    Kathy Wahl, Santa Clara County Office of Education

4H Libraries as Early Childhood Hubs

    Kathleen Guerrero, First 5 El Dorado
    Carolyn Brooks, El Dorado Hills Branch Library
    Elizabeth Blakemore, El Dorado County Office of Education

4I-J The Future of First 5 Funding: Commissioner Panel Discussion

    Sean Casey, First 5 Contra Costa
    Vito Chiesa, Stanislaus County
    Susan von Zabern, Riverside County Dept. of Social Services
    Jean Turner, Inyo County Health and Human Services
    John Jones, Contra Costa Child Care Council
    Stacy Iverson, Children's Fund
    Dave Pine, San Mateo County
    Muntu Davis, Alameda County Public Health Department

4K Choose Health LA Child Care: Engaging Providers to Improve Nutrition and Physical Activity Practices

    Jan Scully, LA County Department of Public Health
    Jeanie Park, LA County Department of Public Health
    Olivia Pillado, LA County Department of Public Health

4L Supporting Child Care Programs to Keep Children Safe in an Emergency

    Cyndi Trujillo, Child Care Resource Center
    David Bloom, Child Care Resource Center

4M Food First: WIC & CalFresh Partnerships for Young Children's Nutrition

    Kim McCoy Wade, CA Department of Social Services
    Christine Nelson, CA Department of Public Health, WIC
    Alexis Fernandez, CA Department of Social Services