This is a message from the California Department of Education (CDE), Early Education and Support Division (EESD).

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Dear Executive Directors, Child Care and Development Programs:

The Advancement Project, The California Department of Education, and our Early Care and Education (ECE) partners are pleased to invite you to the Fall 2017 Birth to Five Water Cooler Conference: STRONGER FROM THE START Convening to Inform Collective Advocacy to Help Children Birth to Five Succeed on October 2–3, 2017 at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel.

We will convene ECE stakeholders from across the state representing preschool, infant/toddler, child care, birth to five, P–16 and higher education, providers, administrators, parents, activists, advocates, philanthropists, and elected officials. Together, we will vet ideas for policy and practice to build cohesion for a state agenda that supports California’s children and families. A few highlights include:

  • Exploring the ECE policy landscape.
  • Supporting the whole child from the start: elevating the developmental, health and learning needs of

California’s infants and toddlers and their families.

  • Expanding the discussion of quality to reflect the diverse needs of our youngest learners, including dual

language learners.

  • Strengthening ECE policy and advocacy with the voice of community and the lens of racial equity.
  • Building on ECE principles and pedagogy for greater birth–12 alignment that strengthens instructional

practices for students beyond preschool.

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Agenda outline below.

Monday, October 2, 2017
Registration commences at 2 p.m. and the reception adjourns at 6:30 p.m.

  • Opening Remarks: Stronger from the Start
  • National Analysis of the State of ECE Access
  • Long-Term Strategies to Closing the Opportunity Gap
  • Networking

Tuesday October 3, 2017

Registration and continental breakfast commence at 8 a.m. and the conference adjourns at 4 p.m.

  • Welcome Remarks
  • ECE Policy Landscape
  • Addressing the Needs of Our Infants and Toddlers
  • Community Voice in Policy Initiatives
  • Lunch
  • Providing Quality ECE to Dual Language Learners
  • Building the Foundation for a Birth to 12 System Closing Remarks

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