2020 FEC – Keynote Speakers


Exceptional ideas in an unconventional year: Family Engagement Conference speakers model new approaches


Tuesday October 27, 2020

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT

Live Webinar

Health and Well Being






Dr. Dipesh Navsaria

Dr. Navsaria is a pediatrician working in the public interest. He blends the roles of physician, occasional children’s librarian, educator, public health professional and child health advocate.  With graduate degrees in public health, children’s librarianship, physician assistant studies, and medicine, he brings a unique combination of interests and experience together.

He has practiced primary-care pediatrics in a variety of settings with a special emphasis on working with underserved populations.  He is involved in advocacy training for residents, medical students, and practicing physicians.  His educational interests also include physician assistant education and public/population health training for clinicians.

Additionally, Dr Navsaria is strongly engaged with early literacy programs in health care settings, particularly around ideas of early brain and child development, which include neurobiological effects of adversity and poverty upon the developing brain.

A dynamic speaker who easily translates basic science and clinical medicine for a wide variety of audiences in order to shape programs and policy, Dr Navsaria lectures locally, regionally and nationally on early literacy, early brain and child development, child health advocacy and technology.


Wednesday October 28, 2020

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT

Live Webinar

Caring for Ourselves During Uncertain Times






Laura Fish

Marriage and Family Therapist


Thursday October 29, 2020

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT

Live Webinar

Culture and Equity






Anthony Barrows, Managing Director – ideas42

Anthony Barrows is the Managing Director at the applied behavioral science firm ideas42 where he leads the economic justice portfolio, and has also over seen projects in local government, post-secondary education, and civic engagement.  He was selected as a 2018 Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow for his work in advancing the well-being of children and families.  Anthony previously worked over ten years in child welfare, spanning positions in direct service, supervision, training, advocacy, project management and systems improvement.  He is also practicing artist and has led art classes and arts-oriented youth development programming. 

Anthony holds a BA in Philosophy and Art from UMass Boston, and MFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he was Gleitsman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership.   A father and husband.  Anthony lives in Bronx, New York.

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Friday October 30, 2020

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT

Live Webinar

Civic Participation









Dr. Deborah Bergeron with special guest Cynthia Yao

Dr. Bergeron is the director of the Office of Head Start. Known as “Dr. B” to former students and teachers, she has been a teacher at heart her entire life and has spent three decades in pre-K–12 public education as a classroom teacher and elementary and high school administrator. In the course of her career, Dr. B also started, grew, and ultimately sold her own educational services company. During her tenure as a school administrator, she specialized in school improvement. In three different school systems, Dr. Bergeron used strategies around school climate and effective instruction to inspire staff. In turn, staff were able to provide students with programming and instruction that yielded significant gains, including reading, math, discipline and graduation rates.

Since joining the Office of Head Start in April, 2018, Dr. B has used her experience as an elementary principal and her strong background in PK–12 instructional leadership to provide unique insights into how Head Start can support our most vulnerable children to become school ready. She has focused her energy on improving the relationship between Head Start and the public-school system and continues to work at both the national level and with education influencers at the state and local levels to affect change.

In January, 2019, Dr. Bergeron was asked to broaden her leadership to include the Office of Early Childhood Development in the Administration for Children and Families. Her vision for ECD in conjunction with the work for the Office of Head Start is to transform how the nation prioritizes early childhood programming and to create a more collaborative, cohesive environment for early childhood.

Dr. Bergeron holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University. She earned a master’s in education leadership and doctorate in education policy from George Mason University.


The Vision

All children, regardless of their circumstance at birth, deserve a full and prosperous life.

The Mission

  • Support high-impact Head Start programs for children and adults by creating opportunities for collaboration, networking and information sharing.
  • Unite with state and national Head Start organizations to ensure regulatory and budget outcomes that support our work.
  • Champion the message that every child and family who succeeds makes their community a better place.
  • Provide resources to assist our members in compliance and professional development.

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