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The Intersection of Family Homelessness & Early Learning

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Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center

5011 Bernie Whitebear Way

Seattle, WA 98199

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A two-day summit to advance system-wide improvement of early care and education for Native children in families experiencing homelessness, through developing providers' understanding of Native homelessness and early care/education best practices. This summit would benefit all children of color by promoting greater understanding of the historical causes for homelessness and other inequities and highlighting the importance of culture in early education.

Summit Day 1:


  • Welcome: Lynnette Jordan
  • Keynote: Abigail Echohawk, Urban Indian Health Institute
    Historical and Intergenerational trauma and its effects today on homelessness and early learning


  • Breakout #1:

    1. Homelessness:
      1. United Indians of All Tribes Foundation: Toy Rodriguez
      2. Mother Nation: Norine Hill, Executive Director
      3. Seattle Indian Health Board: Hope Schwom, Community Services Program Manager
      4. Chief Seattle Club: Nawiishtunmi Conner, Director of Housing Case Management
    1. Early Learning:
      1. Bevette Irvis – Leads the early learning center at Wellspring, specifically focused on children experiencing homelessness
      2. Debra Monroe – YWCA Early learning home visiting program specifically for families experiencing homelessness**
      3. Ina Maka Family Program – Katie Hess & Elizabeth Morre-Symmeson
      4. Daybreak Star Preschool – Miriam Zmiewski-Angelova


  • Lunch

  • Presentation:

    Shawn Middelton, MSW - Generational Trauma and its impact on development.


  • Panel:
    Panel discussion of the state, county, and local efforts to address the intersection of early learning and family homelessness.

    1. My-Le Tang Office of Homeless Youth as a Program Coordinator
    2. All Home King County: Zachary Dewolf**
    3. Highline Early Learning: Sara Marie Ortiz
    4. Chief Seattle Club: Colleen Echohawk, Executive Director


  • Closing: Colleen Echohawk

    **Tenatively scheduled

Summit Day 2:

  • Talking Circles

  • Community action planning: next steps

  • Possible next steps: Additional trainings, resource development, ongoing series or meetings, development of a coalition, shared vision or goals


Registration is FREE, but we do require a RSVP for catering purposes. Those with dietary restrictions should select the appropriate ticket type so we can plan accordingly. Free on-site parking.

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