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Sandi Walters, Training & Technical Assistance Specialist

swalter@wested.org

Sandi Walters, Training & Technical Assistance SpecialistSANDI is a Training & Technical Assistance Specialist for BEGINNING TOGETHER, where she uses her skills and knowledge in Child Development and Early Intervention to support inclusion for young children in early care and education programs across the state. Sandi is also a primary trainer for the CA CSEFEL Teaching Pyramid Approach. Sandi has advocated for and implemented inclusion for ALL children since her career began in child development as a preschool/kindergarten teacher.

Young children and their families have benefited from Sandi's partnership in a variety of settings: she owned a family child care and a center-based child care program which included children with special needs; she taught Child Development classes infused with inclusion in the college classroom; through the YMCA she organized recreational and fitness classes for teens and adults with intellectual delays; she was the Child Development Specialist in the Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers at Cal State Northridge; she trained home- and center-based early intervention program staff and managed three early intervention programs in the Los Angeles area. Sandi continued her work with children and adults with developmental challenges as a branch manager at Tri-Counties Regional Center.

While working at Child Development Resources, the local Resource and Referral, Sandi managed designated funding for Ventura County by helping the county increase capacity of child care for children with special needs. She was also a facilitator for the CAEYC state accreditation project for family and center-based child care.

Sandi has a Master of Science degree in Human Development with an emphasis in Early Intervention and a Master of Arts in Child and Family Counseling.