Turn up the STEAM!

This presentation will share Early Math Project and Early Math Initiative videos, games, activities, and literature reviews. We will looks at ways these resources can be used to support family engagement.

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Heather McClellan-Brandusa is a Child Development Consultant in the Early Learning and Care Division of the California Department of Education.  

Prior to entering state service, McClellan-Brandusa was involved in Early Education for more than 15 years. She has served as an infant/toddler care provider working in center-based, family child care, and home-based programs, as an internal monitor for Head Start/Early Head Start, and as an Early Head Start administrator.

McClellan-Brandusa holds a BA in child development and an MS in special education from. 

Heather McClellan-Brandusa

As a Child Development Consultant with First 5 California I serve in the Training and Continuous Quality Improvement Office. One of my main duties is project lead for the development of a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) statewide. A goal of QRIS is to provide information about high quality early learning environments that can meet the needs of all children. That work includes providing training and technical assistance to early educators that promote quality environments for diverse populations of children birth thru five across California. Prior to joining First 5 California, I was a Program Officer at SETA Head Start in Sacramento, overseeing the staff and educational operations of 13 early learning centers. I hold a Masters of Arts in Education degree, with a focus on Human Development from CSUS and have over 25 years of experience as a teacher, coach and trainer in the early childhood education field. 

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Dana McVey

Makenna Huey is currently a manager in the Charter Schools Division at the California Department of Education. Prior to moving to the Charter Schools Division, Makenna served as an Associate Governmental Program Analyst in the department’s Early Learning and Care Division where she collected and maintained data of the state's child care agencies. Her work experience prior to joining the state includes serving as a preschool teacher in Davis as well as serving as a child care provider in afterschool recreation programs in both Davis and Sacramento. Makenna has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from the University of California, Davis and a Master’s degree in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University.

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