Water Cooler Conference March 24-25, 2009 - Sheraton Grand, Sacramento

January 23, 2009

Learning Begins at Birth:
The Larger Education Conversation
Water Cooler Conference

March 24, 2009 6 p.m. Opening Reception
March 25, 2009 8:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Conference

Sheraton Grand Sacramento
1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

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Welcoming preschool, zero to three, prenatal to five, birth to eight, K-12, P-16 and higher education teachers, providers, administrators, parents, activists, advocates, philanthropists, and policy-makers and their staffs.


How other states and nations are advancing early education, and the results they are seeing so far What some of California?s top political leaders are thinking about the future of early education here How changes at the federal level may impact early education policy opportunities How K-12, preschool, childcare, and early education advocates, teachers, providers and administrators are narrowing their differences to envision a policy path for early education in California How California business and labor leaders see the issues to resolve and how to move forward How early education fits into the priorities of California voters and what political strategists see ahead

Partial list of Confirmed Presenters and Special Guests:

Debby Armstrong, Interim Executive Director, First 5, San Mateo
Catherine Atkin, President, Preschool California
Mark Baldassare, President, Public Policy Institute of California
Pam Brady, President, California State PTA
Lee Ann Buchanan, Lee Ann Buchanan and Associates (CA focus groups data)
Susan A. Buffett, Chairman, The Sherwood Foundation, The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, and The Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Nina Buthee, Executive Director, California Child Development Administrators Association
Toni Campbell, Chair, Child and Adolescent Development Department, San Jose State University
Robert O. Cherry, Hein, Cherry & Attore, Inc. (political consultants and research)
Gloria Corral, Deputy Director, First 5 San Francisco
Scott Day, Political Manager, California Teachers Association
Libby Doggett, Deputy Director, Pew Center on the States
Sharon Scott Dow, Director of Governmental Relations, Advancement Project
Cornelia Grumman, Executive Director, First Five Years Fund
Whitmore Hayslip, Assistant Superintendent of Early Childhood Education, Los Angeles Unified School District
John Hein, Hein, Cherry & Attore, Inc. (political consultants and research)
Lynn Karoly, PhD, Senior RAND Economist
J. Ronald Lally, PhD, Co-Director, Center for Child and Family Studies, WestEd
Ted Lempert, President, Children Now
Adonai Mack, Legislative Advocate, Association of California School Administrators Association
Meera Mani, Research Director, Preschool California
Denise Meek, Executive Director, Early Education Programs and Services, San Diego County Office of Education
Harriet Meyer, President, Ounce of Prevention Fund
Molly Munger, Co-Director, Advancement Project
Sarah Neville-Morgan, Deputy Director, Program Management Team, First 5 California
Dan Pedersen, Founding President, Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Giannina Perez, Associate Director, Early Care and Education, Children NOW
Kris Perry, Executive Director, First 5 California
Connie Rice, Co-Director, Advancement Project
Gloria Romero, California State Senate
David A. Sanchez, President, California Teachers Association
Jack Shonkoff, PhD, Julius B. Richmond Professor of Child Health, Harvard University
Mark Shriver, President and CEO, Save the Children
Peter Schrag, Sacramento Bee
Ginger Swigart, President, California Association for the Education of Young Children
Nancy Strohl, Executive Director, Child Care Law Center
Blair H. Taylor, President and CEO, Los Angeles Urban League
Tom Torlakson, California State Assembly
Jan van Lohuizen, Voter Consumer Research, Inc. (CA polling)
Charles Weis, PhD, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools
Susan Wernert, President, California Head Start Association
Marcy Whitebook, Director, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Jim Wunderman, President and CEO, Bay Area Council
Ed Zigler, First Director of Head Start


Forum with Key Elected and Opinion Leaders: An Eye to 2010 (to be announced) Legislators, legislative staff, key elected officials and opinion leaders

Major funding for this Water Cooler Conference is provided by:

First 5 California
The Atlas Family Foundation
The Buffett Early Childhood Fund
The California Community Foundation
The California Endowment
The Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation

The Water Cooler is a collaborative effort by the Advancement Project, the California Community Foundation, Children Now, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, First 5 California, Preschool California, and many other organizations to advance early care and learning for California?s children birth to five.

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