Upcoming ACDS Events


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Please Join

The Association of Child Development Specialists

For a Presentation on

The Importance and Influence of Home Visiting

Presented by

Catriona Macdonald

President, Linchpin Strategies

 Sunday, February 25, 2018

9:30am – 12:00pm

at Vista Del Mar Child & Family – Shuken Building


Early in the morning on February 9th, the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) was reauthorized for five years.  What does that mean for you?  How does voluntary home visiting fit into a larger system of early care and education, and what can it contribute to the work you do to support children and their parents?  Catriona Macdonald, founding Executive Director of the Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting, brings a local and national perspective on home visiting and its impact on young children and families.  Directly from Washington, Ms. Macdonald will present up-to-date information on federal policy and funding, its importance for early childhood education and the ECE workforce. In the jockeying for federal dollars, MIECHV was a last-minute inclusion in the spending bill, signed by the President in the early morning hours of February 9th after a short federal government shut-down. This presentation will outline the part that Early Education advocates played in the larger drama of federal politics and the implications for California and across the nation.  They are all our children.  Whether or not you serve low income families directly, this public policy initiative will affect all of us.

ACDS invites you to take advantage of this opportunity to gain the latest information about the role of early childhood programs in this vital support for children and families.


Ms. Macdonald grew up in West Los Angeles. She has a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She has worked on Capitol Hill since 1993, in various offices and positions.  One of her favorite assignments was as Senator Ted Kennedy’s point person for Native American Head Start programs and a co-creator of the Early Head Start program in the 1994 Head Start reauthorization.   Currently, in addition to her role in the Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting, she is President of Linchpin Strategies, a lobbying firm in Washington DC that specializes in health, education and disability advocacy on behalf of children and families. 


CERTIFICATES OF ATTENDANCE are available for this event and are free for ACDS members and

$5 for non-members.  This fee is payable via PAYPAL. (Complete instructions for payment via PAYPAL are below.)


Vista Del Mar is located at 3200 Motor Avenue.  It is bounded by the 10 (Santa Monica) Freeway and Manning Avenue and close to National Boulevard.  It is in the Cheviot Hills area of Century City.


Take the 10 (Santa Monica) freeway to the National Boulevard off ramp.  Proceed straight ahead up Manning Avenue.  Turn left on Motor Avenue and go approximately one-half block to the entrance of Vista Del Mar on the east (left) side of Motor.


Take the 405 (San Diego) freeway to the 10 East (Santa Monica) freeway.  Exit the first off ramp, which is Overland/National, and turn left onto National and left again where the street makes a left turn.  Continue straight one block to Motor and turn left.  Go approximately 100 yards to the Vista Del Mar entrance on right (east) side of Motor.

NOTE:  WHEN GOING EAST ON NATIONAL TO MOTOR, IT IS ILLEGAL TO TURN LEFT (NORTH) ONTO MOTOR AVENUE DURING THE HOURS OF 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM.   Rather, go one block past Motor to Vinton Street, turn right and go one block to Woodbine and turn right.  Go one block to Motor and turn right again.  Proceed north past National and look for Vista Del Mar entrance on the right (east) side of Motor.

WHEN GOING WEST ON NATIONAL TO MOTOR AVENUE, IT IS ILLEGAL TO TURN RIGHT BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Rather, where National & Manning Avenues meet – go west onto Manning Avenue to Motor Avenue.  Turn left (south) onto Motor Avenue and proceed approximately one- half block to the Vista Del Mar entrance on the left (east) side of Motor & turn left.


After you enter and pass the guard booth, you will come to a stop sign.  At that stop sign, turn left and continue up that driveway to the end where there will be a parking lot.  We will be meeting in the SHUKEN Building.


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March 18th….. Children and Meditation

Executive Committee members Nada Ghaneian, Karla Kuester and Gay Macdonald will discuss practical ways to teach children Mindful Awareness Practices and to use meditation in working with them.

April 15th…….. ACDS Annual Networking Brunch: Anxiety

In this time of heightened tensions both nationally and locally, children as “canaries in the coal mine” are feeling more than usually vulnerable.  This presentation will focus on protective practices that give children a sense of safety, allowing them to explore and play in a developmentally appropriate way.

May 20th……… Learning Stories

Leslie Voss, retired director of UC Santa Barbara Children’s Centers, has just returned from a study tour in New Zealand where the “learning stories” technique is used for gathering information and understanding children’s personal experiences. “Learning Stories” has been adopted in New Zealand’s early childhood classrooms as a way of assessing children’s progress.

July 15, 2018 – Topic TBA

September 16, 2018 – Topic TBA

October 21, 2018 – Topic TBA

November 18, 2018 – Topic TBA

(ACDS will not meet in June or August)