Day One – April 10, 2013


How will the next chapter read for California’s early learning and health programs?  How will it be written, and by whom? It must reflect not a singular voice, but a chorus united on behalf of children ages 0 to 5, with an articulation up the line to bridge seamlessly to K–12.

The first day of the conference is designed to provide attendees with a context for the key issues in early education and child care that are critical to address in 2013 so we can become a chorus of many voices.

Speakers will share insights, best practices, and strategies for providing successful, high-quality early learning and health programs designed to meet the varied needs of young children and families across the state.

Keynote and panel presentations by early education and health experts from national, state, and local perspectives will address critical and timely topics in early learning and care that include:

  • Learning from and building upon past success to inform future efforts
  • Embracing opportunities for transition and the importance of forging strategic partnerships
  • Successful and innovative health and education programs and practices from First 5 counties

Day Two – April 11, 2013

STRONGER TOGETHER: Moving Our Children Forward

Featured presentations by nationally acclaimed early learning leaders and advocates will discuss:

  • Innovations in policy and practice with perspectives ranging from prenatal care through third grade
  • The state of early care and education for California’s children and opportunities for increasing California’s investment in the early years.
  • The impact of the 2012 National Election on federal policy and budget priorities and opportunities to move forward California’s early learning policy.

Speakers will offer perspectives on the current policy environment and will reflect on how California can most effectively contribute to policy change.  The conference is designed as an opportunity for experts, First 5 county commissions and other partners to highlight successes, strategies, and promising practices that are grounded in evidence-based research.

Again, we look forward to the opportunity to engage, inform, and inspire you through our joint conference.

The Water Cooler wishes to thank our sponsors!

The Water Cooler is a collaborative effort by Advancement Project, the California Community Foundation, Children Now, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, First 5 California, Preschool California, ZERO TO THREE, and many other organizations to advance early care and learning for California’s children ages 0-5. Water Cooler efforts aim to bring the needs of California’s youngest children into the larger education conversation.

The Atlas Family Foundation, Boeing Company, Buffet Early Childhood Fund, California Community Foundation, The California Endowment, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation, The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, National Opportunity to Learn Campaign & the Schott Foundation, Lakeshore Learning Materials, Preschool California, & Pritzker Children’s Initiative.