Headlines for 2012

Expressing Our Gratitude

December 26, 2012

See what CAM staff are grateful for...

Marin City Center/ Sausalito Marin City School District

November 1, 2012

On September 28, 29 & 30, 2012, Bayside Elementary kindergarten & transitional kindergarten parents, children, school and community went on a weekend camping trip to Jelly Stone Park at Cobb Mountain in Lake County. This incredible “Wellness Weekend for Bayside Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarteners and Their Families” was a perfect example of a “COMMUNITY SCHOOL”.

Hearing and Vision Screening at Marin Head Start

November 1, 2012

The early childhood years from birth to the start of kindergarten are an important time of rapid learning and growth. Screening is a brief, simple procedure used to identify potential health or developmental problems in infants and young children who may need a health assessment, diagnostic assessment or educational evaluation. Screening in early childhood supports children’s readiness for kindergarten and promotes positive child health and developmental outcomes. Early screening can prevent future problems.

Kidney Community News

November 1, 2012

In the shifting health care arena, staying on top of the burgeoning flow of information relevant to KCE clients is no small task. I am glad to report that this autumn has been a season of unparalleled learning.

MLC News

November 1, 2012

After a handwriting lesson, two friends form the letter "A" with "Big line, Big line, Little line,” from Handwriting Without Tears, a system that we have been implementing at our school for 6 years. Head Start and Bayside have also begun using this program and we are excited to learn from one another and to begin aligning areas in the curriculum beginning with preschool and continuing vertically through the elementary grades.

Executive Director's Message

October 1, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, Gail Theller, Don Smith, Laurel Hill and myself attended a presentation by Dr. Robert Reich at the Congregational Church in Berkeley.  Dr. Reich was the Secretary of Labor under President Clinton, and now teaches at Cal Berkeley.  Dr. Reich is an economist, and appears to have a completely rational, history-based take on our current economic situation. 

A Visit to Jelly Stone Park

October 1, 2012

On September 28, 29 & 30, 2012, Bayside Elementary kindergarten & transitional kindergarten parents, children, school and community went on a weekend camping trip to Jelly Stone Park at Cobb Mountain in Lake County.  


ECE Quality Improvement Project

September 3, 2012

As many folks know, the Marin Community Foundation has funded a five year project aimed at closing the “achievement gap” here in Marin County. This grant is known as the “Promoting Early School Success for All” (PESSA) Initiative, or the “PreK- 3 Initiative.” A part of this work is done through the ECE Quality Improvement Project.


Interesting Workforce Trends

September 3, 2012

As a member of Marin’s Workforce Investment Board, I attended the Board’s Annual Retreat at the local Embassy Suites last week.  As usual, lots of facts and figures were presented, but some I thought were worth passing on since they must pertain to Marin’s own workforce, and that has a particular relevance for CAM as an employer, CAM employees and CAM clients. 

MAEYC Comes to Hamilton Head Start

August 31, 2012

On Saturday, May 19, Marin Head Start’s Hamilton Campus was part of the 2nd Annual M.A.E.Y.C. (Marin Association for the Education of Young Children) Bus Tour. M.A.E.Y.C is the local chapter of the N.A.E.Y.C. (National Association of Young Children).

KCE News--Teamwork, Convergence and Altruism

August 31, 2012

Since founding the KCE program in 2008 I have learned to measure progress in small steps. It is not every day that I can say that convergence, team work, and altruism gave a KCE Client a new healthy life.

We Have Lost a True Friend

July 2, 2012

Last Monday night, I was at home watching a Giants game when I received a call from one of our CAM Board members, Cal Kurzman.

Marin Head Start Staff Wins a Scholarship

July 2, 2012

Laura Vera, one of our Early Head Start Teachers at our Fifth Avenue site, was recently honored at the College of Marin’s “Celebration of Early Childhood Education Students”.

Rememberances of Stacy Swor

July 2, 2012

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Stacy W. Swor, a member of the Community Action Marin Board of Directors for over 23 years.  Stacy served unselfishly, for several years as President of the Board, and his wise, measured and well-reasoned contributions to the Board and to our Agency cannot be overstated.  An obituary from the San Francisco Chronicle and remembrances from fellow Board Members and CAM staff are included in this Special Edition.


Assessing Quality in Preschool Classrooms

June 1, 2012

What is quality in preschool? What does it look like? How does one measure quality?

"The Princess, A Cheetah and the Lollipop Door"

June 1, 2012

Our 2012 book, the latest  to be created by our preschool children, is a fascinating tale involving a pinky-sized princess  who worried that she would be age 5 FOREVER and never become the tall teenager that she's always wanted to be!

Healthy and Ready to Learn

May 1, 2012

Marin Head Start is taking an active approach at supporting the nutritional and physical health of the children enrolled in our programs by developing goals aligned with the recommendations of the “Marin County Early Child Obesity Prevention Plan.”

KCE Updates

May 1, 2012

April's fast start out of the gate brings terrific news!

The Joy of Reading

April 2, 2012

Marin Head Start, in partnership with the Parent Service Project has for the last two years been involved with a very successful project called Raising a Reader (RAR).

MLC Events and Families

April 2, 2012

The children try to be so brave all day, knowing their parents are working and aren't able to be with them.

Family Style Dining

March 1, 2012

Family style dining is recommended in child care centers because it enriches learning.  Pouring, passing, serving and sharing food not only promotes language and fine motor development, it enhances a child’s self-esteem by providing opportunities to make decisions and take responsibility.  


KCE Goes to Washington

March 1, 2012

March is a landmark month for the CAM/KCE program!  On March 2nd, my kidney donor, Sally Kennerson, and I will be celebrating our “lucky 7” year transplant anniversary. Sally and I could not be more different . She is a US Air Force veteran and the mother of three. I am a veteran of the Los Angeles film industry. But we share a lifelong bond.   Many thousands of others are not so lucky and may not live to see their transplant day.  What better way to recognize this than to go to Capitol Hill? 

Head Start Self-Evaluation

March 1, 2012

During February we as a program engage in our Program Self- Assessment process.  This is a multi-facetted process that looks at various aspects of our program from many directions. Through this process we are able to assess our strengths and look at areas and ways we can be even better.


A Call for Equity

February 1, 2012

Last Spring in Minnesota and Washington there was a series of public conversations regarding poverty entitled, “Enough for All?”

Children and Food...CACFP Tidbits

February 1, 2012

One of the most respected experts on childhood nutrition is Ellyn Satter.  Since none of us are nutritionists by profession, I’m going to share some of her recommendations on helping children to eat well.

2012 Marin City Community Leadership Awards

February 1, 2012

At the recent Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration in Marin City, a number of individuals were recognized for their contributions to our community, including our own Raphael Durr.  Here is the text from the event program.


Head Start Children at the Dentist's

January 2, 2012

In November, Marin Head Start children took a field trip to the College of Marin’s Indian Valley College (IVC) campus to receive dental exams and developmental assessments. 

Was It a Holiday Miracle?

January 2, 2012

Or the logical result of their action? You decide...