Learning Communities

Strategies 2.0 applies innovative approaches to peer learning for the family strengthening field. We facilitate a statewide network of six distinct, geographically defined learning communities collectively encompassing all 58 California counties. Each learning community is designed to connect members and allies of the child abuse prevention field, and facilitate a more collaborative and consistent prevention dialogue throughout the state.

Strategies 2.0 has identified an experienced member of the prevention field in each region to serve as the designated Learning Community Facilitator. The learning community facilitator is tasked with convening and facilitating a meeting once per quarter to support the development of shared priorities, regional learning goals, and ongoing communication among the field and Strategies 2.0.

Participation is not limited only to family resource centers, child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and child welfare agencies. Learning Communities are an excellent forum for cross-sector partners interested in supporting the well-being children and families to learn about and connect with regional child abuse prevention and family strengthening efforts. Community partners are encouraged to share and explore opportunities to collaborate in deeper contexts in their respective domains and communities.

Find your local learning community by clicking the interactive map.

Northern Learning Community
Capital Learning Community
Bay Area Learning Community
Valley Learning Community
Sierra Learning Community
SoCal Learning Community

Northern Learning Community
(Counties: Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity)
Susan Jen

Capital Learning Community
(Counties: Butte, Colusa, Lake, Placer, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba)
Kim Thomas

Bay Area Learning Community
(Counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sonoma)
Becky Nelson

Sierra Learning Community
(Counties: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Inyo, Mariposa, Mono, Nevada, Sierra, Tuolumne)
Barbara DeGraaf

Valley Learning Community
(Counties: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare)
Jayme Stuart

SoCal Learning Community
(Counties: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura)
Lisa Fraser

2017 Learning Community Convenings

You’re invited to join us for any of the FREE Learning Community Convenings listed below. Who should attend?

  • Professional from social service, health, mental health, child care, child welfare, housing, veterans service, and other helping agencies;
  • Members of law enforcement, faith based, and community service organizations;
  • Family resource centers;
  • Educators;
  • Advocates, parents, and community members who want to learn more and make a difference for children and families in our region.

Northern Learning Community

Networking to Achieve Positive Change: A Roundtable Mosaic of Collaboration

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
12:30 – 4 pm
Mendocino County CASA Office in Ukiah (Mendocino County) and a remote location in Redding (Shasta County) and Del Norte County.

Join us to hear how collaboration is being utilized across the region to strengthen families and create positive change. Learn how three different Northern collaboratives are engaging cross-sector partners to impact change through effective strategies and shared outcomes.

SoCal Learning Community

Engaging Uncommon Partners Towards a Common Purpose: How Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration Can Champion Child and Family Well-Being

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
9:30 am – 12 pm
Orangewood Foundation, Santa Ana (Orange County) and a remote location in Atascadero (San Luis Obispo County)

Guest Speaker: Anne Light M.D., Medical Director for Orange County Social Services Agency and founding partner of the WE CAN Coalition, a county-wide collaboration to collectively address the intersecting needs of children, families, and communities touched by abuse.

Learn how to organize successful cross-sector engagement, invite the contribution of diverse strengths, and understand the levers needed to create results. Increase your capacity to successfully align stakeholder efforts to lead change in your community, and build and maintain relationships to further positive initiatives for children and families.

Bay Area Learning Community

Immigration: Today’s Political Climate and how it Impacts the Delivery of Services

Thursday, September 28, 2017
9:30 am – 2 pm
CAPC Monterey in Salinas (Monterey County) and a remote location in Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)

A panel will address different aspects of the current immigration climate, followed by an opportunity for participants to share experiences and new ideas. Camille LLanes-Fontanilla, MPA, Executive Director of Somos Mayfair, will share examples of how her agency addresses the change in service delivery and builds trust within the community using ambassadors. (Other guest speakers to be announced.)

The goal for all participants is a better understanding of today’s immigration policy, where it’s heading, and how it impacts the delivery of services. Participants will leave with ideas and examples that best fit their own community as it relates to immigration and the impact it has on families and delivery of services.

Capital Learning Community

Working in Partnership with Families: The Nuts and Bolts of Successful
Family and Community Engagement

Monday, October 2, 2017
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Sierra Health Foundation in Sacramento and remote location at Butte College in Oroville.

Want greater family and community involvement in your agency? Or a way to empower community members to speak effectively with community leaders about local needs?

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from and plan with a panel of experts on approaches to successfully engaging families to make a difference in their own communities. Come with your questions and leave with concrete ideas for increasing family engagement in your own community’s Family Strengthening work.

Save the Dates for Future Learning Communities!

Northern Learning Community

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Valley Learning Community

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sierra Learning Community

Thursday, November 9, 2017

SoCal Learning Community

Thursday, December 7, 2017