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To better support our field, Thriving Families CA, in partnership with DSS, will be hosting an informational training for our field in Pomona. We will be offering 3 tracks- one for AP's, one on Strengthening/Engaging Families and one for Executives. 

This Statewide Meeting will be very interactive and bring our field together to share insights and experiences, explore ideas, shape policy, and discuss best practices.

We hope you can join us!



  1. AP Workshop #1: State & Federal Reviews
    Vanessa Saunders and Megan Jones, CDSS
    During this workshop, DSS staff will discuss how agencies can prepare for State & Federal Reviews. Findings that are being seen in the field will also be shared.

  2. Strengthening/Engaging Families #1: Parent Cafés
    Valley Oak Children's Services

  3. Session for Executives #1 (INVITE ONLY): Navigating 2024 & Beyond
    This session will be a sharing of the trends, opportunities and challenges being seen nationally by Linda Smith, Bipartisan Policy Center.  Following her presentation, there will be a Q&A session and dialogue to consider.  

 11:30am-12:30pm- Lunch Break (Lunch Included)


  1. AP Workshop #2: Program Self-Evaluation 
    Vanessa Saunders and Megan Jones, CDSS
    During this workshop, DSS staff will discuss the requirements for the Program Self-Evaluation process for child care and development contractors. Guidance will be provided on the submission requirements for the Fiscal Year 2023-24 Program Self Evaluation (PSE) as well as all of the required documents to be maintained onsite by contract type.
    • During the last portion of this training there will be a guided feedback session on the Program Integrity Monitoring Tool. Proposed discussion areas:
      • Items and/or evidence requests from the monitoring tool that programs would like additional clarification or training on.
      • Adjustments to the language used in the monitoring tool items while remaining aligned with regulations.
      • Appendix A (Written Information for Families and Providers)
      • General feedback on the tool or monitoring process.
  2. Strengthening/Engaging Families #2: HOPE (HEALTHY OUTCOMES FROM POSITIVE EXPERIENCES) 
    YMCA Childcare Resource Service
    Positive experiences can ease toxic stress and help children grow into more resilient, healthier adults. HOPE identifies ways that we can ensure that all children have more positive experiences, and that all families have support to nurture and celebrate their strengths. During this workshop we will:
    • Categorize types of responses into Type 1 vs Type 2 thinking 
    • List 3 categories of adverse childhood experiences
    • Identify how PCEs (Positive Childhood Experiences) can impact long term health 
    • List the 4 Building Blocks of HOPE that promote Positive Childhood Experiences

3. Session for Executives #2 (INVITE ONLY): Executive Leader Conversation- Part 2


Thursday, April 4, 2024


Village Conference Center- Pomona Unified School District
1444 E. Holt Avenue
Pomona, CA 91767 (Please use Entrance #1)

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Danielle Metzger
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