Faculty Information

The Beginning Together faculty are composed of early interventionists and PITC/early childhood experts collaboratively presenting specific workshops. There are several presenters who are also parents of children with special needs to incorporate the family voice. All faculty demonstrate a commitment to the PITC philosophy and inclusion of infants and toddlers with disabilities and special needs. In addition to having expertise in the areas of training, faculty model collaboration and partnerships. The faculty utilize principles of adult learning and weave adult education and training tips into each presentation.

Linda Brault

Linda Brault

LINDA BRAULT is the director of Beginning Together, and the California Map to Inclusive Child Care Project, all projects of WestEd, Center for Child and Family Studies in collaboration with the Early Education & Support Division of the California Department of Education. Linda is also an instructor in Child Development at MiraCosta Community College.

Prior to directing projects for WestEd, Linda was an early childhood special education teacher for over 18 years. Linda received two Bachelor degrees from the University of the Pacific; one in music therapy and one in psychology. She received her M.A. in special education from CSU Dominguez Hills and holds an Early Intervention Graduate Certificate from San Diego State University. Linda holds board positions in several professional organizations and is a member of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Early Childhood Training Cadre for the International Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC/CEC).

Linda is passionate about inclusion of children with special needs into child care settings, in part because she is the parent of children with special needs. Linda has published articles and speaks frequently on inclusion of very young children, young children with challenging behaviors, legal requirements in early intervention/early childhood special education and transition between early intervention and special education.

Linda's main hobby is watching her husband, Tom, and daughters, Gerilyn and Robyn, perform on stage in local community theater. Her daughters continue to be a source of great wisdom and learning.

Peter Mangione

Peter Mangione

Peter Mangione received his Ph.D. in Education and Human Development from the University of Rochester, and a post doctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry in Munich, Germany, where he specialized in infant development and the use of video technology to study social behavior. He has worked extensively in the fields of child development, early childhood education, family support services, research and evaluation design and public policy. Currently, Mangione is a Co-Director at WestEd's Center for Child and Family Studies. He provides leadership in the development of a comprehensive training system for infant and toddler caregivers, the evaluation of early childhood programs and services, and the collaborative efforts of the regional educational laboratories. His contributions have helped make the "Program for Infant/Toddler Care" a national model for training early childhood practitioners. He has also been a key contributor to the development of the document "Continuity in Early Childhood: A Framework for Home, School, and Community Linkages," which is being used by policy makers and program planners throughout the country.