ECDAN

Systems Expert
Efren aguilar, Director of the Early Childhood Ecosystems Transformation Accelerator Lab, UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities

Sara Mickelson, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Early Childhood Education & Care Department

Tim Sandoval, Mayor, Pomona CA

ECD Expert
Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Professor in Applied Psychology, New York University

Moderator
Shekufeh Zonji, Global Technical Lead, ECDAN

Session Description

To promote human flourishing for all children, we need to move beyond improving our systems of care and transform our early childhood ecosystems. This class will help you harness the power of community storytelling and collective sensemaking to uncover the community roots of population health resilience and flourishing. You may have already done incredible things: but it’s impossible to know if your data systems are not designed to show you; and to have population level results, you’ll need to design population level strategies.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will come out of the session with a better understanding of the following:

  • How to design data systems that help you track early childhood developmental trajectories; identify equity gaps at the earliest periods of development; and illuminate patterns of resilience 
  • How to harness collective storytelling and collective sensemaking to uncover the community roots of population resilience and flourishing
  • How to bring this all together to transform your early childhood ecosystems

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Speaker Bios

efren aguilar, Director of the Early Childhood Ecosystems Transformation Accelerator Lab, UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities

efren aguilar is the Director of the Early Childhood Ecosystems Transformation Accelerator Lab at UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities. His work emphasizes the democratization of data and inclusion of local residents in developing community-based planning efforts; actionable research; and place-based funding decisions as core strategies to achieve health equity. An autodidact and polymath, efren has pioneered new measurement approaches that integrate valid population measures with ecosystem contextual data and also provides technical assistance to support the development of whole-child equity measurement systems. efren describes himself as a professional humanitarian, nerd, and change agent, in a constant struggle balancing altruism, humility, narcissism, and arrogance.

Sara Mickelson, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Early Childhood Education & Care Department

Sara Mickelson is the Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department where she supports teams that implement Prenatal-to-Five programming and policy. She has had the pleasure of working all over the United States in early childhood systems – as Harris County, TX’s (Houston) first director of early childhood, the Chief Program Officer at the Oregon Early Learning Division, working for philanthropy in D.C., and at the Rhode Island Department of Education. She began her career as a Head Start teacher. Sara has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in Urban Education Policy from Brown University.

Tim Sandoval, Mayor, Pomona CA

Tim Sandoval moved to Pomona when he was just nine years old. Even as a child, he knew that a community as richly diverse as Pomona was capable of amazing things. As Pomona High’s class speaker, he defended the character of the school and the surrounding community in an impassioned year-end speech. He attended Montvue Elementary, Emerson Middle School, and Pomona High School before finishing his education at University of California, Riverside. After graduating, Tim returned to Pomona to help others in our community to access college as well. He led Pomona Valley Community Development Center’s youth programs, and then taught English at a nearby school. In 2001, Tim became a founding member of Bright Prospect, a mentoring organization that has helped more than two thousand low-income youth become part of the first generation of their family to complete their Bachelor’s degrees. Many of these youth come to share Tim’s passion for Pomona, returning after college to give back to the community.

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Professor in Applied Psychology, New York University

Hirokazu Yoshikawa is a community and developmental psychologist who conducts work on child and youth development in partnership with NGOs and ministries in Latin America, South Asia, the Middle East as well as the United States. His work studies the effects of public policies and programs related to immigration, early childhood, youth development, and poverty reduction on children’s development. He is co-director of the Global TIES for Children center at New York University, as well as a University Professor in Applied Psychology at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

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