IDA/MAP Webinar Series #2

Mindful Leadership: Leading with You in Mind


Understanding who you are and what you stand for, as an early childhood professional, early interventionist, health care provider or parent is a foundation for leadership. The same desire to make a difference in the lives of others and passion for working with young children and their families can also lead us to feeling overwhelmed and out of touch with these important parts of who we are. This webinar session, presented by Julia Childs Andrews, MS, experienced educator, presenter, instructor and supervisor in the early care and education field, will explore mindfulness as a tool to help us focus on reconnecting with and reaffirming our commitment to ourselves in order to be present and effective in our work with children and families. This interactive and experiential presentation, relevant to new and seasoned professionals as well as parents, includes reflective questions, mindfulness exercises and development of a self care plan.

The session is the second in a series of “Ideas Worthy of Replication,” co-sponsored by the Infant Development Association and the MAP to Inclusion and Belonging Project of WestEd Center for Child and Family Studies.

The goals of this webinar series are to bring attention to practices, trainings and programs rooted in the concepts and knowledge areas of the California Competencies documents including the Early Childhood Educator Competencies, the Revised Guidelines for Infant Family and Early Childhood Mental Health and the ICC Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual at: and inspire others to develop similar practices, programs or trainings to make them more accessible to others throughout the state.


Our presenter, Julia Childs Andrews, Disabilities Coordinator at Neighborhood House Association Head Start, has been in the Early Care and Education field for 20 years, working with children ages 0-12 in a variety of settings and positions, including classroom Teacher, Site Supervisor, Program Specialist and Program Director. She is also an Adjunct Instructor with National University, President-Elect of the San Diego Association for the Education of Young Children and committed member of IDA and the Council for Exceptional Children. She holds an MS degree in Organizational Management and Leadership, BS in Human Services and Program Director Permit through the California Commission in Teacher Credentialing