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LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment Meeting, April 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019
10:45am - 2:00pm PDT
Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach Clara Barton Elementary School
4840 Lemon Avenue Long Beach, CA 90807
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The next meeting of the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Development will be held on Monday, April 29th from 12:00pm - 2:00pm at Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach. We will provide lunch. In addition, for anyone who wants to tour the Educare school, the school principal and staff will host a tour before the meeting from 10:45am - 11:45am.

For those who have not seen the Educare facility, we strongly recommend coming for the tour - you will not be disappointed.

Finally, we’re thrilled to share the topic and speakers for the Quarterly Meeting. Please let us know if you have any questions and please mark your calendars:

School Tour from 10:45am - 11:45am
Quarterly Meeting 12:00pm - 2:00pm


Building A Stronger Early Childhood System: Pre-School to 3rd Grade
The science is clear: from birth through 3rd grade is a critical period in a child’s brain development. And by the end of 3rd grade, all students need to make the transition from learning to read, to reading to learn. But our current system does not reflect this continuum, setting up walls between the early years and the K-12 system, making it harder for children and educators to be successful.

It is time to break down those barriers.

Governor Newsom’s significant commitment to early care and education provides an important opportunity to do just that with the proposed expansion of pre-school and deeper investments in early care.

Join us to explore existing models how we can create a seamless early care and education system that works better for our children, families and educators. And ways in which philanthropy can be a strong partner to support and facilitate this change.


Michael Burke (Moderator)
Vice President
Buffett Early Childhood Fund

Michael Burke is Vice President of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund. Based in Omaha, the Buffett Early Childhood Fund invests in the First Five years of life and learning, in Nebraska and across America. Mike has more than 30 years of experience in politics, public relations and philanthropy. His work at the foundation focuses on building the coast-to-coast network of high-performing Educare schools while also providing guidance on efforts to improve state and federal policies affecting young children and their families. In part, he represents the Buffett foundation on the boards of Educare schools in Long Beach, Milwaukee, Tulsa, Maine, Miami, Flint,West DuPage (in the Chicago suburbs) and SpringField (Massachusetts). Before joining the foundation in January 2007, Mike oversaw public affairs and communications for several children’s organizations, including: Ounce of Prevention Fund, Voices for Illinois Children, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He also managed media relations for two political campaigns in rural Illinois.

Jeanna Capito
Principal Consultant
LA County Comprehensive ECE Fiscal Analysis

Jeanna Capito has been working in the prenatal to Five Field for over 20 years with experience including the management of child care programming, Early Head Start, Head Start, developmentally oriented pediatrics, national home visiting models, and child welfare programming. Capito has focused on the development of state and local initiatives to increase quality of programs, access by families and capacity of professionals and communities through systems change across social services agencies, education systems, home visiting services, public health programming and healthcare systems. Capito’s work has involved managing projects including the development of birth to three Early Learning Guidelines, recommending and implementing quality support structures for home visiting, crafting national scale learning communities across Head Start and child care with their respective federal ofFices, managing comprehensive Fiscal analysis and cost modeling projects, and building a technical assistance structure for collaboration building. Capito brings strong working knowledge of both state and local systems, including work on policies and recommendations to ensure that systems at each level inform one another and are built in response to the characteristics of each other. Capito’s consulting work is focused around her expertise in budget creation and management, and ability to build the complementary Fiscal, governance and management systems that support collaboration and program implementation. Through this work, Capito builds structures to support the integration and efFicient use of varied early childhood funding streams.

Maria Harris
School Principal
Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach @EducareLALB

Maria Harris is the School Principal for Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach, which is an early childhood education school that leverages federal, state and private dollars to offer high quality early childhood education to prevent the achievement gap. Maria looks forward to serving the children and families of the area when opening the Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach. Before coming to Educare, Maria led her staff, at Daniel Webster Elementary, through data analysis and reFlective teaching to improve student outcomes, while transitioning them from the California Teaching Standards to Common Core Standards.

Maria is a native of Long Beach, California. She received her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior. Her work with staff, families, and children has focused on creating growth opportunities for children of diverse backgrounds and low social economic status. Now, more than 30 years later, she has returned to her roots, as the principal of the Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach project, an early education model program for children six weeks to Five years old.

Christopher J. Steinhauser
Long Beach UniEied School District @LBSchools

Christopher J. Steinhauser, superintendent of the highly diverse Long Beach UniFied School District, has earned national and international recognition for improving student achievement and closing achievement gaps. Steinhauser began his career as a teacher more than 30 years ago at an inner-city elementary school in Long Beach. He became deputy superintendent in 1999 and then superintendent in 2002. He earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and a master’s degree in educational administration from California State University, Long Beach. LBUSD is California’s third largest school district and is a Five-time Finalist and national winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education. The school district also was listed among the world’s top Five performing school systems by the Battelle for Kids nonproFit organization.


No cost to participate

Who May Attend: 
Members of the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment, current SCG members, and non-members eligible for SCG membership. If you have a membership question, email [email protected]

Registration: Register here

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