Primary Presenter

Elidia Anaya
My educational background consists of completing a BA in Child Development from California State University, Northridge in 2005. As a senior, I worked at the Child and Family Studies Center on campus as well as though my first Master's degree in Family Consumer Science emphasis Family Studies. In this Master's program, I learned about the different theories regarding the family and how to create my own study on a relevant topic. I completed the program in 2007. Further, I went back to California State University, Northridge to pursue a Master's degree in Educational Psychology emphasis Early Childhood which I completed in 2012. Through this program I learned educational theories, curriculum, family engagement, and participated in the Partnership for Excellence program.
For the past six years I am part of the Child and Family Studies Department at Los Angeles Mission College as Adjunct Faculty. I have the experience of teaching Child Development 1 (Child Growth and Development), Child Development 4 (Creative Experiences for Children II), Child Development 2 (Early Childhood: Principles and Practices), and Child Development 7 (Introduction to Curriculum in Early Childhood). Most of these classes I have taught bilingually. I also, work for Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) in the Resource and Referral department as a Professional Development Coach for Quality Start Los Angeles for the California State Preschool Programs for the past year. Before my current position, I worked as a Lead Teacher in the Head Start program for six and a half years. I worked with children ages three to five in which I implement activities based on their developmental and learning needs through Creative Curriculum. I also worked with the families documenting and describing the development of their children and I supervised two teacher assistants that work with me in the classroom.

Co-presenters

Isabel Ortega
I have been dedicated to the Social Work field for the past 18 years. I began my journey with Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) in 2002 with the Case Management Department as a Case Specialist for 7 years. Then, I transferred to the Family Child Care Home Education Network in 2009. Currently I am working in partnership with the SEIU program helping Providers as a Professional Development Coach. Prior to working at CCRC, I was employed at Alta Med Youth Services and worked with pregnant or teen parents as a Case Manager for over 5 years. In addition, I was a Paraprofessional in an Elementary School setting and closely worked with the psychologist at Montebello Unified School District Head Start. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from California State University, Los Angeles. Currently, I am in the process of completing my Master's degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College.