Who We Are
Founded in 1993 as the Child Development Policy Institute Education Fund (CDPI Education Fund), The Children's Collabrium: A partnership for excellence in early education continuously works to transform research and information on early learning and development into sound policy and excellent practice. Whether it is through projects intended to increase the early care and education field's knowledge of effective management practices, the Building Child Care Collaborative, Futures in Management Institutes, research conferences, or publications, the organization strives to infuse what research tells us is best practice for children and family into the delivery of high quality programs and services, as well as policy at all levels.
The Children's Collabrium, a 501(c)(3) California corporation, is governed by a Board of Directors, which is representative of the many stakeholders in the delivery of high quality services for children and their families. The Board meets bi-monthly to set direction and policy for the organization. The agency is staffed by a team of well-qualified professionals who bring many years of experience in and insights into the delivery of high quality programs to their work.
The organization's recently adopted strategic plan sets forth an ambitious set of goals to accomplish The Children's Collabrium's mission for the period from July 2007 through June 2011 including the following:
The Children's Collabrium's programs and services are funded through grants, contracts, consulting fees, fees-for services, and donations. All donations to The Children's Collabrium are tax deductible to the extent permitted by the IRS.
- To promulgate information about best practices and workforce development in early care and education (ECE).
- To identify and synthesize existing research findings regarding quality and effectiveness of ECE programs and disseminate it to the field.
- To fill gaps in knowledge about the effective operation of high quality early care and education programs.
- To build the capacity of existing and emerging leaders to lead the ECE field and serve as change agents.
- To create effective management practices in ECE organizations.
- To facilitate opportunities for ECE and K-12 stakeholders to converse which lead to the alignment and articulation of both systems with each other.
- To seek alignment of the priorities for children that are shared by early care and education personnel and Kindergarten teachers and administrators in order to realize common purpose and goals.
- To build a solid infrastructure (including human, financial, physical and information dissemination resources) that supports the accomplishment of The Children's Collabrium's mission and goals.
2015 Board of Directors
Tina Warren, President
ECE Policy Consultant
San Anselmo, CA
Gary J. Kinley, Ed.D., Secretary
The Children's Collabrium
San Francisco, CA
Joyce Stone, Treasurer
Santa Barbara Child Care and Development Planning Council
Santa Barbara, CA
Senior Development Officer, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
Vickie Ramos Harris
Early Edge California
Los Angeles, CA
Ventura County Office of Education, Early Childhood Programs
Joya Chavarin, Ed.D
WestEd Center for Child & Family Studies
Senior Program Associate, WestEd
Union City, CA
Gary J. Kinley, Ed.D., Executive Director
Claire Prescott, Fiscal/Administrative Analyst
Research Advisory Committee
Dr. Abbey Alkon
UCSF School of Nursing
San Francisco, CA
Dr. Moira Inkelas
UCLA School of Public Health
UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities
Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Ellen Junn
California State University, Fullerton
College of H&HD
Dr. David L. Kirp
University of California
Richard & Rhonda Goldman
School of Public Policy
Dr. Peter L. Mangione
WestEd, Center for Child and Family Studies
Board and Staff Retreat - 2009
Back row: Susan Muenchow, Wilma Hashimoto, Gary Kinley, Amanda Stangis, Claire Prescott, Zelda LeFrak.
Seated: Michelle Soltero, Martin Castro, John Harris