2017 Santa Clara County Children's Summit
Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline and Building Bridges to Opportunity
Presenter: Tia Martinez, Forward Change Consulting
Tia Martinez has over 25 years of experience doing social change work in low-income communities and communities of color. She is currently an independent consultant working on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, transforming the lives of boys and men of color. Prior to consulting, she was the chief equity officer at the Stupski Foundation where she designed a research and development effort focused on applying knowledge from psychology and neuroscience to help low-income students of color. Tia came to the foundation from the Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity at U.C. Berkeley School of Law where she was acting director of education.
"Mapping the School-to-Prison Pipeline" Presentation
Video: How to Break This Cycle
Bold Steps for Children Award
Californians for Justice: Because What Gets Measured Gets Done
In May 2016, the California Board of Education approved a new way of rating schools that marked an end to over-reliance on standardized test scores, a practice left over from the No Child Left Behind era. Now, the system that grades the quality of our local schools and school districts will include measures of student and parent engagement, racial and ethnic equity and whether schools have a positive, supportive climate for all students. This historic shift would not have occurred without the leadership and activism of the student-led Californians for Justice and 25 other organizations that supported it. Read More
Presentations and Workshop Materials
Policy and Legislation in California: The Fierce Opportunity of Now
Presenter: Ted Lempert, President, Children Now
Ted Lempert, president of Children Now and former California Assemblyman, provided his perspective on how kids are faring in the state’s policy and budget landscape, highlighting data from the California County Scorecard and the California Children’s Report Card. He discussed recommendations from both the recently released California Children’s Agenda and the new Prenatal – 3 agenda that are needed at the state level to advance children’s health and education. He also shared how we can ensure that children are the top priority in Sacramento by working together through the Children’s Movement of California.
2017-18 Pro-Kid Policy Agenda for California
Starting Now: A Policy Vision for Supporting the Healthy Growth and Development of Every California Baby
Santa Clara County Scorecard
Are You Pro-Kid? Joining the Children's Movement of California
Fierce Measures for Fierce Times: Addressing Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol and Other Drug
Presenters: Rhoda Blankenship, Moderator, Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Director, Santa Clara County Public Health Department; Kathryn Page, President, FASD NorCal; Chris Shannon, Executive Director, Door to Hope
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is the leading preventable cause of developmental disabilities and delays in children. This workshop covered the impact on children of prenatal exposure to alcohol and other drugs, what can be done to prevent FASD and other exposures, how to identify and support children and teens with FASD, and initiatives from other communities that are successfully addressing this important challenge.
FASD Fact Sheet
"Fierce Measures for Fierce Times" Presentation
Santa Clara County Public Health Screening Sheet
Opportunity is Everywhere: Parent Engagement in Early Childhood
Presenters: Martín Huici, Director of Programs; Dr. Nereyda Hurtado, Manager, Family Resource Center and Evaluation
This interactive workshop provided effective tools to help you expand your capacity to engage families in your everyday work. This includes learning about the Building Blocks of ParentingTM, our answer to the question: “What does it mean to be the engaged parent of a young child?”
The Building Blocks of Parenting (English)
The Building Blocks of Parenting (Spanish)
"Opportunity Is Everywhere" Presentation
Narrowing the Opportunity Gap in Alum Rock: From Cumulative Risk to Cumulative Assets
Presenters: Lisa Colvig-Niclai, moderator, Vice President of Evaluation, Applied Survey Research; Jolene Smith, Chief Executive Officer, First 5 Santa Clara; Dr. Hilaria Bauer, Superintendent, Alum Rock Union Elementary School District; Maria Urquiza, Mayfair Coordinator, SOMOS Mayfair
Local research has isolated child, family and community factors that significantly predict whether children will enter kindergarten ready to learn. Join us to learn about Alum Rock Union School District’s new partnership with First 5, Head Start, Kidango, SOMOS Mayfair and Grail Family Services to treat risk factors as opportunities to build a coordinated net of services that supports school readiness.
Opportunities for Youth to Overcome Chronic Stress and Improve Mental Health
Presenters: Lori Turk-Bicakci, Senior Manager, Data and Research, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health; Vicki Harrison, Manager, Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, Stanford University
Chronic stress and mental health challenges among young people can result from multiple social determinants, such as abuse, homelessness and food insecurity. This session will discuss chronic stressors among Santa Clara County’s youth as well as a novel approach to overcoming them: the “headspace” model.
Now is the Time! Addressing Child and Family Homelessness and Housing Insecurity
Presenters: Donald Rocha, moderator, District 9 Councilmember - City of San Jose; Lorraine Flores, LMFT, Associate Director - Bill Wilson Center; Jennifer Loving, Executive Director, Destination: Home; Elizabeth Medina, Director of Programs - Family Supportive Housing; Nicole Steward, MSW, RYT, Family & Community Engagement Manager, Milpitas Unified School District
Homelessness is a complex and devastating issue affecting many in our region. Over the last decade, Santa Clara County has gradually organized around a community-wide effort to address homelessness and the affordable housing crisis. A panel of service providers and advocates for the homeless will provide insight to services and strategies that are successfully anchoring homeless children and families. Participants can gather information about existing resources and receive exciting news about the future of services for homeless children and families in our county.
“Racing” ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences): The Opportunity and Obligation to Ensure Racial Justice is at the Center of Trauma-Informed Approaches
Presenter: Kanwarpal Dhaliwal, Director of Community Health & Integrative Practice, RYSE Youth Center
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) provide a framework to understand the connection between chronic stress caused by early adversity and later-life health. This workshop will extend the ACEs frame to account for the contexts and conditions of structural racism, historical trauma, and enduring ‘psychic wounds’ of white privilege and racial trauma, in order to ensure that emerging trauma-informed approaches are held to values, investments, strategies, and practices of liberation and racial justice.
Raising the Opportunity Ceiling: Creating Culturally Relevant Environments that Lead to Positive Results for First-Generation College-Going Children
Presenters: Dr. Kathryn Hanson, CEO & Founder; Dr. Linda Prieto, Vice President of Programs
This session sets the context for how to shape culturally relevant environments in which all students can learn and grow most effectively. Drawing on examples from our work serving diverse middle and high school students, we provide participants with tools to harness relational moments for increased motivation and success.
Strengthening Opportunities for Children, Family and Community in Santa Clara County
Presenters: Mariel Caballero, moderator, Program Manager II, Santa Clara County Probation Department; Charmayne Moran, Program Manager II, Neighborhood Safety/Services Unit (NSU), Santa Clara County Probation Department; Jennifer Puthoff, California Well-Being Project Manager, Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children’s Services; Cha See, School Linked Services, Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department
We are lucky to live in a county that values and supports its children and families. Come learn about how three important community-wide initiatives – School Linked Services, The Neighborhood Safety/Services Unit and the California Well-Being Project –are partnering to help our children and families with the greatest need to thrive. Learn about how you can play a role in these efforts.
10 Steps to a Healthier You! Opportunities to Build Healthier Lifestyles for Children
Presenters: Norma Molina, RD; Cathy Kawakami; Jeremy Loader; 10 Steps to a Healthier You Leadership Team
10 Steps to a Healthier You! is an interactive evidence-based, three-class series designed to increase parents’ knowledge as well as change parental attitudes about the consumption of healthy foods and engaging with their children in daily physical activities. The program provides parents with the framework to implement new healthy habits in their home. Participants in this workshop will understand how and why the 10 Steps Program integrates nutrition, positive parenting skills and child feeding into the three part parent workshop series. Participants will also learn how they can connect parents and caregivers with the 10 Steps to a Healthier You Series.