Promoting Quality in Home-Based Child Care: Teacher, Caregiver, Family Partner, and Business Owner

Presenters: Crystal McClendon-Gourdine and Diane Harkins

The first webinar in the series focuses on how the guidelines and companion videos can be used together to support development of the four primary roles of family child care providers: caregiver, teacher, family partner, and business owner. The videos highlight key aspects of home-based child care through the voices of providers and other professionals in the field. Examples of video clips that emphasize key messages will be shown and discussed.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
12:00 - 1:00pm PST
Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

For webinar questions, contact: 
Karla de Guzman | 415.289.2305 |

Crystal McClendon-Gourdine

Crystal McClendon-Gourdine is a Senior Program Associate at WestEd with more than 20 years of experience in caring for young children and families and providing professional development for early childhood educators. McClendon-Gourdine works with WestEd’s Center for Child & Family Studies developing and facilitating resources that support ECE professional development. She also consults with state and local organizations offering assessment, design, coaching, and training on early childhood quality improvement indicators specializing in equity-related issues.

Prior to joining WestEd, McClendon-Gourdine owned and directed a large family childcare. With a focus on Spanish-language immersion and community empowerment, she engaged local programs to increase participation in local Quality Improvement activities. In addition, she consulted with First 5 California as a Quality Improvement coach and assessor.

McClendon-Gourdine holds a BA in psychology from Spelman College, an MA in leadership in early childhood education from Mills College, and an MA and PhD in human development/educational psychology from University of Maryland, College Park.

Diane HarkinsDiane Harkins is a Senior Program Associate at WestEd with more than 25 years of experience in the design and delivery of professional development services for early childhood educators and other helping professionals. Harkins works with WestEd’s Center for Child & Family Studies developing resources that support ECE professional development. She also works with the California Inclusion and Behavior Consultation (CIBC) Network, bridging support for the inclusion of children with special needs and challenging behavior in early care and education (ECE) programs.

Prior to joining WestEd, Harkins directed the Center for Excellence in Child Development at the University of California, Davis. With a focus on adult learning and early childhood issues, she developed and directed a statewide training program for family child care providers. In addition, she consulted with child protection centers in Central America and other organizations addressing the needs of young children.

Harkins holds a BA in child development from the California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, an MSW in social welfare from University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in education from University of California, Davis.

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