2018 FECE – Pre-Conference


Tuesday, October 23, 2018


Pre-Conference Session 1 – Ticketed event

Working With Traumatized Families

Presenter: Dr. Christopher Leucht (Bio)


Co-Presenter: Nina Paddock (Bio)

Agency: Pacific Clinics (Web)

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Pikake 1-2


Over twenty years of research using the ACEs questionnaire (Adverse Childhood Experiences) suggests that over half of American families have experienced at least one kind of trauma, and that the percentage of trauma experience is even higher among Head Start families.  This workshop is designed to help Head Start staff work more effectively with Head Start family members, particularly caregivers, who have experienced trauma.


Pre-Conference Session 2 – Ticketed event

Mindfulness Matters: Lifelong tools for nurturing emotional, mental, physical and interpersonal well-being in children, families and staff

Presenter: Zoe Sameth, M.S. (Bio)

Agency: Zoe Sameth, M.S. (Web)

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Maile 1-2


Mindfulness, the practice of developing moment-by-moment awareness, is being used with great success in the fields of education and health. Attendees will learn about its many benefits, including:

  • helping children and adults focus, self-regulate, and calm themselves
  • reducing effects of toxic stress and trauma
  • promoting balance, relaxation and well-being

This session focuses on experiencing a diversity of mindfulness and compassion practices that can also be shared with the children and families. Adaptations to make the activities culturally appropriate will be discussed. 

Participants leave this training inspired, with tools they can immediately use in their personal and work lives!



Pre-Conference Seminar 1 – Ticketed event

Lifelong Civic Engagement:  Social and Civic Responsibility Across a Lifespan

Presenter: Dr. Marilyn A Hosea (Bio)

Agency: OrgLearning2 | LLC (Web)

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Ilima 2-3


The term lifespan development refers to age-related changes that occur from birth, throughout a persons’ life, into and during old age. The eight stages of lifespan development include: Conception, Infancy and Toddlerhood, Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescence, Early Adulthood, Middle Adulthood, and, Older Age. This three-hour workshop will focus on cutting-edge, emerging research on how to inspire the development of engaged community involvement in each of those stages of life.  The session is filled with storytelling, insights, inspiration, and encouragement exercises that will invite participants to become actively involved in formal and informal political processes that address community needs and seeks to improve the quality of life for individuals, groups and entire communities. Tools, strategies and resources will be shared and participants will be invited to co-create an exciting upcoming book on this topic.


Pre-Conference Seminar 2 – No ticket needed

Director’s Exchange

Presenter: Keesha Woods

Presenter: Luis Bautista

Agency: Los Angeles County Office of Education

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Plumeria 1-2


Join us for a facilitated discussion on the emerging challenges that face Head Start, Early Head Start, and our Family Child Care Partnerships. This session will be a mix of strategic planning, table top exercises, resource sharing, and networking. In addition, the facilitators will work to match new and experienced directors with the hope of ongoing mentoring or general support. This session is open to executive directors, directors and deputy directors.

This pre-conference session will initiate a new member resource – R9 Director’s Exchange (DeX).  A tri-annual gathering of resources and support for agencies and district leadership. Learn more.






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.

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