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Early Childhood
Quality Improvement Summit – West

Long Beach CA
Nov 5-7, 2019

About the West Coast Summit

The Quality Improvement Summit is returning to the West Coast with entirely fresh content.  While continuing to focus on performance measurement and improvement, the event is dedicated to supporting the transition for all program staff.  It focuses on the tools and resources you need to move from traditional compliance to one of measurable program outcomes.  For Head Start programs, it is a unique opportunity for stepping up to Performance Standard requirements around data and continuous quality improvement.


Tues, Nov 5 – Pre-Summit Training

12:00 pm Registration / Check In

1:00 – Two concurrent pre-summit training opportunities are available:

Assessing and Strengthening Your Program’s Data Culture
Trainer: Dr. Sheila Brookes

A program’s culture often determines whether it achieves its goals. A culture is defined by beliefs, assumptions, values and ways of interacting, and these intertwined elements can determine success or failure. Working with data is no different.

This interactive training will provide program directors and managers the framework for assessing their program’s culture of data use, with focused time using a new tool: The Culture of Data Use Self-Assessment. This rubric will enable program leaders to determine the status of their working environment and develop an action plan centered on their program’s successes and challenges. It will enable them to make programmatic changes to move along the continuum to a culture of effective data use.

Programs leaders need to know how the following factors affect their culture of data use:

  • Access to data
  • Expectations around data use
  • Leadership commitment
  • Inquiry-based practices
  • Knowledge and skills in using data

These and many related issues will be explored together during this collaborative training.

Head Start programs are in the midst of a major change. In the past, a culture of compliance was sufficient. Today, however, continuous improvement requires new and different analytic skills and a commitment to using data for decision making in real time. Assessing the culture of data use is a vital component to the required transformation. This training will enable program leaders working in groups to determine where they are on a continuum of data use and to plan for program improvements and workforce development, and to identify necessary resources to support these changes.

Preparing Your Program for CQI: A Step by Step Guide for Program Directors and Content Leads
Trainer:  Stuart Jones 

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is the process of identifying an opportunity to improve an area of your program, successfully engaging both managers and staff in doing so, implementing a “tweak”, seeing how it worked, and continuing that cycle, indefinitely.  It is a common part of successful businesses and organizations worldwide.  The world of Head Start/Early Head Start has recently emphasized a strong focus on CQI, however, many of the current Head Start/Early Head Start directors and leaders have not received specific guidance or training in CQI implementation.

This training is designed specifically for Head Start/Early Head Start program directors as well as other senior administrators including content leads. We will focus on tangible, step by step approaches and methods that will help your program successfully prepare for implementing continuous quality improvement projects at your agency, aligned with federal requirements.  The training content is grounded in examples from actual Head Start/Early Head Start programs.

We will be covering emotional safety (how to move past a culture of compliance), effective accountability (how to engage leaders to own their CQI projects and commit to the “continuous” part), storytelling (how to demonstrate your CQI progress aligned with your agency’s goals and objectives), and resources (where and how to start).  Attendees will leave with accessible ideas that will leap out of the conference bag when they return to their desks back home! We’ll also be having fun with some community builders along the way.

5:00 Training Concludes

Wed, Nov 6

8:00 am Registration, Coffee

9:00 am – 11:45 am Opening & Plenary Sessions

11:45 am – 1:00 pm Break

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Plenary Sessions

5:00 pm – 6:15 pm Reception

Thurs, Nov 7

8:00 am Coffee

8:30 am – 12:00 pm Plenary & Breakout Sessions

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Luncheon and Closing Session

Nov 5-7, 2019 in Long Beach, CA
Early Intel: Quality Improvement Summit

Initial Speakers

Rick Mockler

Rick Mockler serves as Principal of Early Intel, a firm specializing in performance data and quality improvement for early childhood providers. He previously  served as Chief Quality Improvement Officer for…

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Dr. Sheila Brookes

Dr. Sheila Brookes is a Research Analyst at AEM Corp. with expertise in data analysis, screening, assessments, home visiting, and public policy. She has a Ph. D. in Human Development…

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Dr. Blanca Enriquez

Dr. Enriquez began her early childhood career as a teacher assistant while completing her undergraduate degree as an elementary school teacher. This experience ignited her passion for advancing young children’s…

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Ashley LiBetti

Ashley LiBetti is an associate partner with Bellwether Education Partners in the Policy and Evaluation practice area. Since joining Bellwether in 2013, Ashley has developed deep expertise in early childhood…

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Stuart Jones

As CEO/Partner of Acorn Evaluation, Inc., Stuart Jones leads a talented team of experienced project staff that help Head Start/Early Head Start grantees throughout the country design and implement continuous…

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Pre-Summit Training – November 5:

Half-day training: $165

Summit – November 6-7:

Early Registration: $485 (thru Aug. 30)
Regular Registration: $545 (Aug. 31 – Oct 25)
Late/Onsite Registration: $615 (space permitting)

Registration is being managed by the Region 9 Head Start Association.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

The Q.I. Summit is a great opportunity to connect with early childhood program directors and managers who are leading the way around data and quality improvement. For details on exhibitor, advertising or sponsorship opportunities, click the button below.


The Summit will be held at the Westin Long Beach, located in the heart of the convention district in Long Beach, California and walkable to many restaurants, entertainment and a beautiful waterfront. The area was recently named by the Washington Post as enjoying “the most nice weather days” of any city in the country.

The room rate is $169 per night (single or double)


Westin Long Beach
333 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, California


Room Reservations:        800-937-8461
Group name:                     Early Intel Quality Summit

What People are Saying

Participant feedback from the 2018 Summit

"I’ll be sharing a lot with my team about presenting and analyzing data and about chronic absence. Got new and relevant ideas. Very applicable to our work."

"Learning about various data collection tools was really valuable."

"Panel discussion and speakers were all excellent! Stuart’s ability to engage and demonstrate examples of how to make data tell a story was so beneficial. Thank you!"

"Examples of real data….it opened my eyes as to what to collect and what to do with what we’ve collected for CQI."

"The hands on “real” tools and strategies to help us do this work at home is invaluable."

"Opening panel was full of ah-hah! Moments and it set the tone and expectations for the rest of the event."

"The topic and the varied speakers were great. Loved the variety."

"All the information was amazing. I like that I didn’t have to choose which sessions to attend."


For questions on registration, contact
Fernando Alvarenga
916-259-0971 ext. 102

For program and content questions, contact
Marcia Durst

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