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Julie Kurtz, Regional Director

Julie Kurtz, Regional DirectorJULIE is a Regional Director with the Center for Family & Child Studies at WestEd. She oversees the California Collaborative on Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CA CSEFEL) Teaching Pyramid professional development efforts under WestEd's California MAP to Inclusion and Belonging?Making Access Possible project.

Prior, Julie was Executive Director at a YMCA in Northern California, and Deputy Director at both FIRST 5 Santa Clara and at Kidango, the latter a nonprofit child development agency providing quality care and education in 9 Bay Area (CA) counties to over 2,500 children daily. She was one of the founders of the Santa Clara Infant Family Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program, an intensive 10-month multi-disciplinary training program leading to endorsement for the California State Core Competencies. She also started an early childhood mental health program in California's Alameda and Santa Clara counties, providing in-home mental health services to children 0-5 and their families.

She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, operating a part-time private practice and is endorsed in CA as a Reflective Practice Supervisor II and Mental Health Specialist. In 2012, Julie was named 100 Influential Woman of Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. She and her husband have two adult sons.