Parent Education Events

Parent Education Events

From preparing to send your child off to kindergarten to getting them ready for college, UCSF Child Care is proud to bring experts on family issues to campus through a free lectures series. Also a great resource, the myfamily.ucsf.edu web portal offers a comprehensive list of resources, articles, and more.

Offered in collaboration with the UCSF Committee on Family Services, the goal of this free event series is to enrich the education and learning experience of our families and our community.

 

Upcoming Events

Check back soon for upcoming events.  Enjoy video recordings of past events below.

 

Past Events

 

May 16, 2017

Creating a Breastfeeding Supportive Culture at Work with Author and Activist Jessica Shortall
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To commemorate National Women’s Health Week and to honor breastfeeding mothers returning to work, please join us as we welcome Jessica Shortall, activist and author of Work.Pump.Repeat, for a presentation and Q&A discussion that will:

  • Equip an expecting or new working mom with anxiety-reducing survival strategies
  • Provide behind-the-scenes information for supervisors, managers and HR professionals: What is it really like to fit pumping breast milk into a workday? What kind of support do employees need?
  • Present how a challenging workplace can make lactation support viable
  • Show how partners/spouses of breastfeeding parents can be essential allies in normalizing and support
  • Identify lactation support resources at UC San Francisco

After the talk, learn about resources from the UC San Francisco Lactation Accommodation Program and UCSF Women’s Health Resource Center.

Sponsored by the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, the Committee on the Status of Women, the Committee on Family Services, and Campus Life Services.

About Jessica
Jessica Shortall is a global social entrepreneur and innovator focused on the place where business and social good meet. She is a vocal advocate for working parents and an expert on the realities of workplace breastfeeding and pumping. She is known for challenging her audiences to look at old problems with fresh eyes, and to reconsider their own potential to make a difference.

Jessica draws on her global experiences in the non-profit, start-up, and corporate worlds for a rich repository of stories and lessons that are, at turns, funny, surprising, and thought-provoking. Her straightforward and brazenly honest style puts audiences at ease and invites them to learn and be inspired with her, instead of by her. But she is not content with being “inspiring”; her mission is to equip people and organizations with the tools to be great at changing the world – and changing themselves in the process. Jessica recently received two standing ovations, as the 2017 SXSW Conference keynote speaker.


 

April 5, 2017

Choosing an In-home Caregiver Workshop
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Hiring an in-home caregiver offers many benefits: individual care tailored to your child’s needs, convenience and comfort for the whole family, and scheduling flexibility. However, it also means lots of homework and important decisions! In this workshop presented by Children’s Council of San Francisco, you will learn about the following topics:

  • Your options: Learn about the different types of in-home child care arrangements
  • Health and Safety: Tools to help you feel confident about your child’s safety
  • Finding candidates: Using a placement agency or conducting an independent search
  • The interviews: Important questions to ask when seeking a quality caregiver
  • Setting expectations: What to cover in a contract between you and your new employee
  • Your legal responsibilities as an employer

This free event is sponsored by Campus Life Services and the Committee on Family Services in collaboration with Children’s Council San Francisco. Light refreshments will be available.

Children’s Council of San Francisco has helped thousands of parents in the San Francisco community navigate the maze of child care options. They provide families with invaluable information on such topics as types of child care, potential costs, how to assess quality in early education environments, services for children with special needs, afterschool and summer programs and parental rights.

This session will be presented by Children’s Council of San Francisco’s Andrea Bell, Child Care Resource and Referral Manager and Sarah Fowler, Resource and Referral Counselor.


 

February 6, 2017

Bully: A Documentary & Panel Discussion

BULLY, a documentary film that offers an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids, and their families, and captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities, and in society as a whole. Learn how parents play a vital role in supporting their kids, promoting upstander rather than bystander behavior, and teaching and modeling empathy in the home.  This film is rated PG-13.

A Q&A discussion, led by UCSF Division of Developmental Medicine representatives, will follow the screening.

  • Shannon M. Lundy, PhD - Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Director of Psychology Services
  • Susanne Martin Herz, MD, PhD - Developmental Pediatrician
  • Sabrina Karczewski, PhD - Pediatric Psychologist
  • Danielle Roubinov, PhD - Clinical Psychologist & Postdoctoral Fellow

This event is sponsored by the UCSF Committee on Family Services in collaboration with PreFundSupporting education, community building and advocacy for families in Potrero Hill.


 

November 3, 2016

Choosing Child Care Workshop with Children’s Council San Francisco
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We know that finding the right child care can be hard. Claudia Quinonez, Child Care Resource and Referral Manager with Children’s Council of San Francisco, will be our guide to aspects of choosing child care with an emphasis on child care homes and infant/toddler centers. Best for families with children ages 0-3 years. Learn about:

  • Types of child care and options
  • Licensing regulations for child care providers
  • Questions to ask when interviewing providers
  • Health and safety considerations
  • Legal rights and obligations of parents and providers

This free event is sponsored by Campus Life Services and the Committee on Family Services in collaboration with Children’s Council San Francisco.

Children’s Council of San Francisco has helped thousands of parents in the San Francisco community navigate the maze of child care options.  They provide families with invaluable information on such topics as types of child care, potential costs, how to assess quality in early education environments, services for children with special needs, afterschool and summer programs and parental rights.


 

September 27, 2016

Talk About Time: Why We Fail at Work-Life Balance
With Dawna Ballard, PhD
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Join chronemics expert Dawna Ballard for a facilitated discussion where you will:

  • Uncover hidden assumptions about time that may be negatively affecting your quality of life–personally and professionally.
  • Learn about research that shows why work-life balance programs can be ineffective in helping manage stress.
  • Identify the time frames of your work to become more strategic in planning work activities.
  • Develop a shared literacy in chronemics – time as it is bound to human connection.

Anyone truly concerned about the wellness of employees, colleagues or oneself must stop talking about work-life balance and refocus on time. The work-life conversation has raised important issues around time and work and it offers a language that signals our concerns. However, it is the wrong language because it more deeply masks already hidden aspects of culture. Instead, talking plainly about time — and research on chronemics (time as it is bound to human communication) — gets to the heart of overwork and our general quality of life.

Dawna Ballard is an Associate Professor in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. An expert in chronemics, she researches what drives our pace of life and its impact on the communication practices and long term vitality of organizations, communities, and individuals. Dawna has appeared on SXSW, Creative Mornings, and PBS MediaShift. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post and Medium.

“Before her talk, I was 100% sure I had heard every possible piece of advice on these topics, and her work in chronemics (the study of time) blew me away completely. She’s a talented and engaging speaker, and her work is empirically informed, unlike most of the other advice in this space.”
– Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPD
  UCSF Associate Professor

Sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women, the Committee on Family Services and Campus Life Services


 

September 8 & 13, 2016

Getting Ready for Kindergarten: Private & Public Schools Information Nights

We’re bringing leading Bay Area speakers to UCSF to share information on how to apply for kindergarten and navigate the public and private school admission processes.

Thursday, September 8
Private School Information Night with Lynn Kanter-Levy
Learn about the process and timing for private school visits, applications and admissions.

Tuesday, September 13
SFUSD Public School Information Night
with Rachel Nip, Parents for Public Schools - San Francisco
Designed to help parents/guardians understand the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Student Assignment System (enrollment process), provide tips and resources, and share ways to prepare families for school. Event includes a panel discussion with UCSF parent representatives enrolled in San Francisco public schools.

Parents for Public Schools - San Francisco (PPSSF) is a network of parents working together to build and ensure quality public education for all children in San Francisco. PPSSF offers additional sessions for parents to learn about enrollment at San Francisco public elementary and middle schools. Visit the PPSSF website for dates throughout fall.

These two parent education events are presented by Bright Horizons with UCSF Family Services and the UCSF Committee on Family Services.


 

March 23, 2016

Dimensions of Gender: Creating Space for All Children
With Joel Baum, MS
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This talk will examine the complicated nature of gender identity in children and the implications for parents and communities. A non-binary framework for understanding gender identity will be presented as well as foundational concepts and terminology for understanding this complex topic. Video perspectives from gender-expansive young people and their families will provide participants a fuller picture of how notions about gender are evolving. Be able to:

• Define and use terms and concepts related to gender diversity, including gender biology, expression and identity, and gender-expansive
• Distinguish a person’s gender identity from their sexual orientation
• Describe perspectives from gender-expansive young people and the families who are raising them
• Identify supportive parenting practices

This talk is sponsored by the UCSF Committee on Family Services and the LGBT Resource Center.

Joel Baum, MS, Senior Director of Professional Development and Family Services, is responsible for all programmatic aspects at Gender Spectrum. He facilitates trainings, conducts workshops, develops curriculum, consults with parents/ professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender. He is a founding member and Director of Education and Advocacy with the Child and Adolescent Gender Center at UCSF. Working throughout the United States and beyond, he is frequently called upon to help institutions think more expansively about the gender diversity of all children and teens, and ways to create more inclusive conditions accordingly.

For nearly 30 years, Joel’s work as an educator has focused on issues of social justice and equity. First as an award-winning middle school science teacher and school administrator, he has also served as a district administrator in Oakland, California, as well as a school reform coach with the National Equity Project. Joel is also a professor at California State University, East Bay in the Department of Educational Leadership.

Gender Spectrum provides education, resources and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens. They accomplish this mission through school trainings, parent support groups and consultations, policy development, an annual Family Conference, and work with medical and mental health care providers, social service agencies, and others working with families and kids.


 

March 5, 2016

KidPower People Safety Skills Workshop for Parents & Caregivers

The Kirkham Child Development Center Parent Advisory Committee and The UCSF Committee on Family Services invite you to a KidPower workshop for parents and caregivers of pre-school through elementary school aged children. People Safety skills help people be safe with people at home, at school, online, out in the world… everywhere. They also help strengthen important relationships. Help young people learn and use age-appropriate People Safety skills on an everyday basis to have safer, more positive experiences with people, including strangers, siblings, peers, and other people they know.

During the workshop we’ll practice how to help kids:

• Be and act aware and confident
• Check with adults if anything seems unsafe
• Move away from possible problems
• Follow Stranger Safety rules
• Stay safe from hurtful words
• Use voice as a safety tool
• Set clear boundaries
• Say “No” or “Stop” clearly and respectfully
• Deal with other kids poking, pushing, grabbing, etc
• Use safety plans if lost in a store, park, or library
• Get help from busy adults - and persist!


 

October 8, 2015

Communication: Yours & Theirs - Practical Tips for Parents and Clinicians with Sheri Glucoft Wong, LCSW
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Ms. Wong will share practical tips for developing communication skills that build a positive family culture and support the emotional and social development of children. Learn how to:

• make intentions clear, giving deliberate rather than unintended messages
• encourage responsiveness and cooperation rather than power struggles

• set limits with children that are firm yet kind, without being punitive
• help children communicate in a positive, effective way with you and others

Sheri Glucoft Wong, LCSW is a family therapist, parent educator and consultant. In addition to her clinical practice, Ms. Wong has led workshops and seminars for public and private schools and childcare centers, medical centers, and private industry for over 30 years. She has worked with Gymboree, Apple, and Genentech, as well as with programs at UCSF and UCB and the State of California Childcare Education Project. Ms. Wong provides consultation and training to teachers, school administrators, counselors, physicians, and psychotherapists.


 

September 8 & 15, 2015

Kindergarten Information Nights

We’re bringing leading Bay Area speakers to UCSF to share information on how to apply for kindergarten and navigate the public and private school admission processes.

Tuesday, September 8
Private School Information Night with Lynn Kanter-Levy
Learn about the process and timing for private school visits, applications and admissions.

Tuesday, September 15
SFUSD Public School Information Night
with Rachel Nip, Parents for Public Schools - San Francisco
Designed to help parents/guardians understand the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Student Assignment System (enrollment process), provide tips and resources, and share ways to prepare families for school. This event includes a panel discussion with UCSF parent representatives enrolled in San Francisco public schools.

Parents for Public Schools - San Francisco is a network of parents working together to build and ensure quality public education for all children in San Francisco.

These two parent education events are presented by Bright Horizons with UCSF Family Services and the UCSF Committee on Family Services.


 

May 13, 2015

Beyond Skin Deep: Reducing Exposure to Chemicals in Cosmetics
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The Committee on Family Services, LivingGreen and Campus Life Services invite you to a talk by Kim Harley, PhD, Associate Adjunct Professor of Maternal and Child Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health and Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH). Dr. Harley will share findings from The HERMOSA Study, a youth empowerment study of reducing Latina girls’ exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals in cosmetics.  Endocrine disruptors mimic, or block, or otherwise interfere with the hormones and can be found in make-up and other personal care products such as sunscreen, soaps and fragrance. Dr. Harley will also share practical information for parents regarding chemicals in cosmetics and beauty products, as well as healthful alternatives.


 

October 22, 2014

Raising Resilient Children with Sheri Glucoft Wong, LCSW
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The Committee on Family Services and Campus Life Services invite you to a talk by Sheri Glucoft Wong, LCSW. Ms. Wong will share practical recommendations to encourage children’s self-confidence and courage. The talk will address the role of parents of infants through elementary-school age children. Learn to:

• support your children’s capacity to handle disappointment and other setbacks
• give messages that promote courage and self-esteem and self-reliance
• set limits in a way that empowers your children and strengthens their confidence
• encourage attitudes that translate into social and emotional well-being

Ms. Wong, a recognized speaker and renowned family therapist, consults with parents and educators to help them better understand the social and emotional lives of children and ways of cultivating their healthy growth and development.

This free talk is sponsored by the UCSF Committee on Family Services and is open to the UCSF Community.

Sheri Glucoft Wong, LCSW is a family therapist, parent educator and consultant.  In addition to her clinical practice, Ms. Wong has led workshops and seminars for public and private schools and childcare centers, community-based organizations, medical centers, and private industry for over 30 years. She is known for her lively and practical presentations on topics including The Changing Role of Parents as Children Develop, Setting Limits, Raising Resilient Children, Navigating Your Child’s Social World, Supporting Self-Esteem and Responsibility in Children, and Family Communication. She has worked with companies such as Gymboree, Apple, and Genentech, as well as with programs at the University of California Berkeley and the State of California Childcare Education Project.  Ms. Wong has lectured at the University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco State University, Loyola Marymount University, and John F. Kennedy University.  She provides consultation and training to a range of professionals including teachers, school administrators, counselors, physicians, psychotherapists, clergy, attorneys, and corporate managers. She received her BA and MSW from the University of California, Berkeley.

Presented with Bright Horizons Family Solutions.


 

September 9, 2014

kindergarten imageGetting Ready for Kindergarten: SFUSD Public School Information Night with Rachel Nip, Parents for Public Schools-San Francisco

Designed to help parents/guardians understand the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Student Assignment System (enrollment process), provide tips and resources, and share ways to prepare for kindergarten. Event includes a panel discussion with UCSF parent representatives enrolled in San Francisco public schools. Parents for Public Schools-San Francisco is a network of parents working together to build and ensure quality public education for all children in San Francisco.

Presented with Bright Horizons Family Solutions.


 

September 3, 2014

Kindergarten Information Night: Private School Information Night with Lynn Kanter-Levy

Learn how to navigate the process and timing for private school visits, applications and admissions.

Melinda (Lynn) Kanter-Levy, is proud to be one of the “founding mothers” of Marin Day Schools. Melinda graduated from New York University with a degree in early childhood education and a specialization in learning disabilities. She taught special education in New York City prior to moving to California. Lynn taught preschool and pre-kindergarten before becoming a Preschool Director. Currently, Lynn is the Director of External Affairs for Marin Day Schools and Bright Horizons and a member of SF Childcare Planning Advisory Council and the Marin Child Care Commission and co-founder of Marin Preparatory School, the first independent Spanish infusion school in San Francisco.


 

May 19, 2014

E.MonasterioHeadshotSurviving & Thriving Adolescence
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The Committee on Family Services and Campus Life Services present a talk for parents of teens (or soon to be teens) with UCSF Clinical Professor Erica Monasterio, MN, FNP-BC, Topics will include stress management, healthy sleep, nutrition, as well as talking with your teen about substance use, dating and sexual behavior. UCSF is pleased to offer this enrichment and support to parents.

Erick Monasterio, MN, FNP-BC has over 30 years of clinical experience working with youth and families in primary care, both at UCSF and in the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and is the parent of a 25 year old son and a 16 year old daughter. As a trainer, her focus is on training practicing health care and social service professionals, educators and parents to increase their knowledge base, sensitivity and skills in working with adolescents.


 

May 7, 2014

Dr MillerFarmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up

Campus Life Services, UCSF LivingGreen, UCSF Living Well and the UCSF Committee on Family Services present this free talk with Family Physician, UCSF Faculty and author Daphne Miller, MD. Dr. Miller long suspected that farming and medicine were intimately linked. Increasingly disillusioned by mainstream medicine’s mechanistic approach to healing and fascinated by the farming revolution that is changing the way we think about our relationship to the earth, Miller left her medical office and traveled to seven innovative family farms across the country to better understand the connections between sustainable agriculture and the health of her patients.

Daphne Miller, MD, is a family physician, writer, and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. In 2000 she founded WholefamilyMD, San Francisco’s first integrative primary care practice, where she still cares for patients across the lifespan. Part clinician, part ecologist, and part anthropologist, Miller approaches medicine with the idea that opportunities for health and healing are found not only in the medical system but in such unexpected places as home kitchens, school gardens, community organizations, spiritual centers, farms, and nature trails


Sponsored by Campus Life Services Fitness & Recreation, UCSF LivingGreen, UCSF Living Well.


 

October 24, 2013

FOOD DAY – Real Food Challenge & Cooking Demo

In celebration of National Food Day, join UCSF Nutritionist Kristin McKenna, RN, CNC, for a free noontime talk and demonstration on family and children’s nutrition. Learn how to compare nutrition labels and ingredients on kids’ favorite foods and how to add superfoods to smoothies. National Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.

Kristin McKenna is a Registered Nurse, a Certified Nutritional Consultant, and a Certified Natural Chef and founder of “Therapeutic Chef,” a personal chef and consulting service specializing in preparing therapeutic meals for clients interested in using “food as medicine” to help prevent and treat heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.


 

January 23, 2013

The Mindful Child: The ABC’s of Attention, Balance and Compassion

Family Services and Living Well at UCSF invite you to a free talk by Susan Kaiser Greenland, JD, at the 2013 Wellness Expo. Learn how pre-k through young adult children can incorporate the new ABC’s - Attention, Balance, and Compassion into their daily lives. Learn how to help kids develop greater mind-body awareness and reduce stress. Techniques can easily be adapted for home, private therapy and healthcare practice.

Susan Kaiser Greenland, JD is a former corporate attorney who developed the Inner Kids mindful awareness program for children, teens and their families. Research on the Inner Kids elementary school program was conducted at the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA and is published in the Journal of Applied School Psychology. Susan is author of The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate (Free Press, 2010). She teaches children, parents and professionals around the world and consults with various organizations on teaching mindful awareness in an age-appropriate and secular manner. With her husband, Seth Greenland, she co-founded the Inner Kids Foundation. Susan lives in Los Angeles with her husband, and their two children. She can be found online at http://www.susankaisergreenland.com


 

January 18, 2012

book coverRaising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents

What do we wish most for our children? Next to being healthy, we want them to be happy, of course! Fortunately, a wide array of scientific studies show that happiness is a learned behavior, a muscle we can help our children build and maintain. Drawing on what psychology, sociology, and neuro-science have proven about confidence, gratefulness and optimism, and using her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world adventures as a mom to demonstrate do’s and don’ts in action, Christine Carter, Ph.D.Executive Director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, boils down the process to 10 simple steps.

Christine Carter, Ph.D., is a sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, an interdisciplinary research unit dedicated to the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being. Best known for her science-based parenting advice, Dr. Carter follows the scientific literature to understand ways that we can teach children skills for happiness, emotional intelligence, and resilience. Dr. Carter also writes a blog for the Greater Good Science Center, which offers parents science-based tips for fostering well-being in children.