Learning Communities

Strategies 2.0 facilitates a statewide network of six distinct, geographically defined learning communities collectively encompassing all 58 California counties. In regions throughout the state, we bring together professionals and organizations in learning communities to exchange ideas, share resources, and collaborate to craft solutions for their area’s most pressing needs.

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. An experienced member of the prevention field in each region serves as the designated Learning Community Facilitator,  ensuring the development of shared priorities, regional learning goals, and ongoing communication among the field and Strategies 2.0.

Participation is not limited to family resource centers, child abuse prevention councils, and child welfare agencies. Learning Communities are a forum for cross-sector partners to learn about and connect with regional family strengthening efforts. Participants are encouraged to explore ways to collaborate across their respective fields and communities. Meeting occur quarterly.

Find Learning Community Event Details & Enrollment

You’re invited to join us for any of the FREE Learning Community convenings listed in our catalog. Who should attend?

  • Professionals from social service, health, mental health, child care, child welfare, housing, veterans service, education, family resource centers, law enforcement, and other helping agencies
  • Advocates, parents, & community members who want to learn and make a difference for children and families in their region

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, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity)

Susan Jen, Northern LC Facilitator



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



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

Deborah Son, Bay Area LC Facilitator


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

Barbara DeGraaf, Sierra LC Facilitator


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

Lori Schumacher, Valley LC Facilitator

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

Lisa Fraser (pictured), SoCal LC Facilitator & Natalie Stets, Consultant

Click the tabs below to view previous Strategies 2.0 convenings:

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 addressed different aspects of the current immigration climate and to shared experiences and new ideas with participants.

  • Rosa De León, Sacred Heart Community Service
  • Luis Angel Reyes Savalza, Pangea
  • Zelica Rodriquez, Somos Mayfair
  • Ruby Ramirez, Amigos de Guadalupe: Center for Justice and Empowerment

The goal for all participants was a better understanding of today’s immigration policy, where it’s heading, and how it impacts the delivery of services. Participants left with ideas and examples that 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 a remote location at Butte College in Chico.

Participants had the opportunity to hear from and plan with a panel of experts on approaches to successfully engaging families to make a difference in our own communities. They came with their questions and left with concrete ideas for increasing family engagement in their community’s family strengthening work.

Guest panelists:
• Richard Dana, Mutual Assistance Network
• Jennifer Greppi, Parent Voices
• Etsuko Kubo, On The Verge
• Lucy Roberts, Lead4Tomorrow
• Ethan Weiss, Bay Area IAF

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 remote locations in Shasta County and Del Norte County.

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

Sierra Learning Community

Collaborating to Strengthen Families in the Sierra Nevada Region

September 12, 2017, 9:30 am – 3 pm
First 5 Amador in Jackson, and remote sites in Bishop and Loyalton

Participants learned from each other about efforts underway in the Sierra region to strengthen and improve family well-being.

Guest Speakers:
Judy Knapp, Director of PreventionWORKS, presented on the El Dorado County ACES Collaborative.

Jody Veenker, Inyo County Health and Human Services, Evaluation & Outcomes Team, discussed how Inyo County Collaborated to integrate the 5 Protective Factors that Strengthen Families into the First 5 Plan.

► Deepened their understanding of initiatives underway
in the region
► Explored key elements of successful collaboration
► Identified strategies to enhance their work

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.

Valley Learning Community

Trauma Informed Care in the Central Valley

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017
9:30am-3pm in Fresno, and a remote site in Bakersfield

Guest Speaker: Lisa Conradi, Psy.D., Founder, Conradi Consulting

The Valley Learning Community provides a forum for social service providers and other community members to learn together, share strategies, and discover inspired ways to collectively work to improve outcomes for children and families.

Targeted outcomes for the day included:
1. A shared understanding of a framework for Trauma Informed Care to promote a common language
2. An opportunity for Central Valley stakeholders to exchange practice methods and strategies in order to inform their approach
3. Inspiration to expand learning about Trauma Informed Care in a professional community setting