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Family Development and Case Management Summer Institutes for Head Start Programs

Basic Skills Summer Institute 2017

June 27-30, 2017 at the Oakland Marriott City Center



For information regarding the Management Institute for Head Start, please click this link. July 24-July 28, 2017 in San Francisco.


Basic Skills 1. June 27-30.  This Institute is for Family Workers and is based on the 8 Goals and the associated Relationship-Based Competencies from IM-12-05. Half of the goals/RBCs are covered in Basic 1, the other half in Basic 2 which will take place in 2018.

Location: Cal State University East Bay (CSUEB) downtown Oakland Marriott City Center. 

As you know, the new Parent, Family Community Engagement (PFCE) framework requires HUGE changes for how Head Start family workers assist families. Our courses cover all of the Relationship Based Competencies in IM-12-05. The Office of Head Start eventually wants each local program to develop their in-house training capacity. Sending your staff to our courses is one way to develop the ability of your staff to provide that training. Whether your staff take the courses for college credit or not, they can (a) acquire the latest knowledge and skills needed to implement the PFCE framework, and (b) use our curriculum and materials for training other staff back home.

We provide these college courses for Head Start staff in conjunction with the California State University East Bay. To the best of our knowledge, we are the only West Coast provider of university-credit courses that are keyed exactly to the Relationship Based Competencies in the PFCE framework. These courses take place during the summer at the University of California, or at Oakland Marriott City Center. The Summer Institute faculty are drawn from the Schools of Social Work and Social Welfare at U.C. Berkeley, CSU East Bay, San Francisco State, and other area universities and their MSW graduates, and from Head Start programs. These courses have also been conducted on-site for the City of Oakland, Riverside County Office of Education, Tulare County Office of Education, Merced County Office of Education, and others.  
Completion of four of the Basic Skills courses (12 credits) leads to issuance of the Certificate in Family Development from California State University. About 600 of our students have successfully transferred CSUEB college credits to dozens of different academic institutions.  No academic institution has refused to accept these credits from CSU.  

All Institute participants can get:

  • Four days of family development and case management training.
  • A terrific workbook with many useful materials.
  • 3 college credits to be used towards an A.A. or a B.A. ($267, for Basic Skills)
  • After Hours: A free guided tour of San Francisco for the first 49 registrants.
  • A reception hosted by the Center for Community Futures.

  • Information Packet: After we receive your registration, we will send you an information packet with: (a) what clothing to bring, (c) how to get from airports to the hotels, (d) driving directions, (e) the preliminary schedule, (g) parking instructions, (h) whether or not you are one of the first 49 registrants for that week who can go on the free bus trip to San Francisco,
  • Certificate of Completion: If you complete 75% of the classes, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Institute.
  • Registration Fee: The fee for Basic Skills 1 is $695 each.
  • Substitutions. Substitutions are allowed at any time. We must have a written request, e-mail or mail. No substitutions by telephone. (We will confirm the substitution in writing and send the new person an information packet.)

This summer, the Institutes do not include room and board.  

Hotel:  For Basic Skills, the conference hotel is the Oakland Marriott City Center at 1001 Broadway (right across the street from the CSUEB.).  Call 510.451-4000 by June 5 to make your reservations.  Ask for the Center for Community Futures Rate of $161 single or double per night. Or reserve your room online at There is a free shuttle to Jack London Square.

Basic Skills at the CSU EB Conference Center
Cal State University East Bay’s Oakland Marriott City Center is in the heart of downtown Oakland. You can get to the center by BART (12th street stop), AC Transit, and local freeways. It is only 15 minutes away from the Oakland International Airport and 25 minutes from downtown San Francisco.  The CSUEB Oakland Professional Development and Conference Center is at 1000 Broadway, Suite 109, Oakland, CA 94607.

  • Parking: Big city rates are $40 a night. 
  • Airport Transportation: The Oakland Marriott City Center is about 15 minutes from the Oakland Airport and about one hour from the San Francisco Airport. Taxi or shuttle service is available. (Bayporter Shuttle: 415-467-1800.)
  • Institute Check-In: Institute registration is from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the day before the Institute begins; and beginning at 7:30 a.m. on the first day. The final schedule will be distributed on-site.
  • College Credit for Basic Skills: For an additional $267, you will receive three (3) college credits issued by California State University East Bay. Please bring a check for $267 payable to CSUEB or to the Center for Community Futures, or pay for it in advance through the regular registration process.

  • CDA Hours:For free, we will provide participation records for up to 30 hours of the 120 hours needed to renew your Child Development Associate Certificate.
  • Cancellation Fees: If you cancel before June 1, a fee of $100 will be charged for each individual cancellation. If you cancel after June 1, or you fail to appear at the Institute, we must charge you the full fee. Substitutions—in writing—at any time.

Anybody can attend Basic Skills; you do not have to be enrolled in the Family Development Worker Certificate Program to attend. Check or call Jim at 510-459-7570 for the description of the certificate program based on the Relationship Based Competencies. Those who do decide to go for the Family Development Worker Certificate can let us know by the end of the Institute.

     There is no “one way” to do family development. The Institutes provide a wide range of social work, family development and case management methods from which you can choose. Adapt their ideas to your local needs.

The Center for Community Futures can provide these classes at your location. We have provided these for college credit during the school year for the Riverside County Office of Education, Oakland Head Start, the Tulare County Office of Education and others.  Click here for more information.
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Schedule for 2017 as of March 13, 2017:

June 27-30, 2017
Based on the IM-12-05 RBCs and the PFCE Framework
Cal State University Downtown Oakland Center
Schedule at a Glance          Final Schedule as of March 13, 2017



June 26

Day 1 
 June 27

Day 2
Wednesday June 28

Day 3
June 29

Day 4
June 30



Opening Session:
Workshop 1

Program Overview;Overview of PFCE
- Jim Masters, MS

Workshop 3
PFCE Goal 1. Positive Goal Oriented Relationships  Part 1, Case Management and Engagement 
- Cathy Ralph, LCSW

Workshop 5
PFCE Goal 8.  Data Driven Services and Continuous Improvement
-Jim Masters, MS

Workshop 7
PFCE Goal 3.
Family Well Being and Families and Learners. Crisis Intervention.
- Jenell Thompson LCSW


Workshop 2PFCE Goal 2. Self-Aware and Culturally Responsive Relationships
-Kilolo Brodie, Ph.D.

Workshop 6
PFCE Goal 3.
Family Well Being and Families as Learners

-Jenell Thompson LCSW



Lunch Break

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

Lunch Break



Room registration open from 1:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Workshop 2

Workshop 4
PFCE Goal 1.  Positive Goal Oriented Relationships  Part 2, Assessment and Goal Setting
-Cathy Ralph, LCSW

Workshop 6 continued

Workshop 8
PFCE Goal 3.
Part 3, Parent Education, Networking
-Jenell Thompson LCSW


Institute registration 3:00–7:00p

Closing session
3:00–3:30 pm -Jim Masters, MS




CSU college credit overview


Reception, 5-6pm


4:45-9:30pm Guided tour of San Francisco



** 3 College Credits available from California State University East Bay. Course #HDEV 7400
Or 25 hours towards meeting your training requirements.

Institute Faculty (partial list):
Kilolo Brodie, MSW, Ph.D. Title IV-E Child Welfare Project Coordinator, California State University East Bay Foundation, Inc.
Christa Countee, MSW  
James I. Masters, MS, CCAP Center for Community Futures
Catharine Ralph, MSW, LCSW Field Work Consultant/Lecturer, University of California School of Social Welfare, Faculty Coordinator
Pamm Shaw, MA Executive Director, Berkeley Albany YMCA Head Start
Christine Slaymaker Head Start Family Services Manager, CAP of Sonoma County, CA
Shawneece Stevenson, MSW Social Worker, Early Start (Early Intervention Program), Golden Gate Regional Center
Jenell Thompson, M.Ed, CLS, PPSC, LCSW San Mateo County Social Services, Faculty Coordinator
Rebecca Wixon, LCSW San Mateo County Children’s and Family Services
James Wogan, MFT, MSW, LCSW Administrator of School Linked Services, Mt. Diablo High School
Deadline to Register: TBD.


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