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Julie Kurtz

Julie Kurtz is Co-Director, Trauma Informed Practices in Early Childhood Education. She formerly served as the Executive Director of the YMCA.

Kurtz oversees the California Collaborative on Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning Teaching Pyramid professional development efforts under WestEd’s MAP to Inclusion and Belonging.

Prior to her leadership role at the YMCA, Kurtz was the Deputy Director at FIRST 5 Santa Clara and at Kidango, a nonprofit child development agency providing quality care and education in 9 Bay Area (CA) cities to over 2,500 children daily.

Kurtz was one of the founders of the Santa Clara Infant Family Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program, an intensive 10-month training program leading to endorsement for the California State Core Competencies.

She also started an early childhood mental health contract in California’s Alameda and Santa Clara counties, providing in-home mental health services to children 0-5 and their families.

While at FIRST 5, Kurtz started the diabetes and obesity prevention and intervention programs, including organizational wellness for FIRST 5 and the funded partners.

She is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, operating a part-time private practice.

In 2012, Kurtz was named 100 Influential Woman of Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.