Marni Roosevelt, M.A. - Director
Marni Roosevelt has extensive experience in all areas of child development. She has been a teacher and educator of all ages, from very young children to adults. Marni is a faculty member in the Child Development Department at Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC), where she founded and serves as Director of the Family Resource Center. Since 2000, she has created and directed programs that respond to the needs of community college student-parents and the training needs of the early childhood community.
The LAVC Family Resource Center is the first of its kind on a community college campus. Under Marni’s leadership, over $10 million in early childhood workforce grants have been awarded to the FRC. Her efforts to use a “cradle to career” model have resulted in multiple state and national awards in recognition of her leadership in creating innovative early childhood workforce programs.
Marni has expertise with work and family programs in the corporate world and has done national and international consulting. In 1997, she was invited by President Clinton to participate in the Presidential Summit for America’s Futureas well as The White House Conference on Child Care. Marni was a presenter at the National Summit: Early Childhood 2010 Innovation for the Next Generation in Washington DC. She was invited to present the model of The LAVC Family Resource at a national conference sponsored by the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Harvard University in 2012. Her international consulting work includes visits to early childhood programs in South Korea, Kenya, Cuba, France, Italy, Greece, Mexico and Argentina.
Ms. Roosevelt received her B.A. in Human Development from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her M.A. in Early Childhood Education from California State University at Sonoma. Marni recently received a Fellowship from The Simms/Mann Institute. Her research project focuses on the identification of barriers to academic success for community college student-parents with children under three years old.
Lisa Brauer, M.A./M.F.T. - Special Needs Program Trainer, Playgroup Instructor
Lisa Brauer is a psychotherapist and child development specialist with a thriving private practice in Los Angeles. Both in private practice and in agency settings, Lisa offers parent education, play therapy, and case collaboration support. In her work with children, Lisa stresses a team approach and interfaces with a team of early interventionists. Lisa has taught workshops for LAUSD, Jewish Family Service and LAVC with an emphasis on understanding unique developmental patterns of children with special needs. As part of her commitment to young children, Lisa has worked to bring increased awareness and improve the quality of training provided to college students entering special needs work force.
As the Instructor for our Playgroups, Ms. Brauer offers her expertise in all related fields to parents and caregivers while modeling developmentally appropriate teaching to our Child Development student interns. Within our Creative Activities Playgroup, Ms. Brauer facilitates a parenting discussion group to discuss hot-topic parenting tips. Ms. Brauer has been trained in the Touchpoints Approach from the Harvard-based Brazelton Touchpoints Center.
Amber Angel - Program Coordinator, High School Lead, Playgroup Facilitator
Amber Angel has expertise in student parent success initiatives and program development. In her role as a Program Coordinator, she supports LAVC students parents in achieving academic and professional success in a whole-family holistic approach. Amber oversees on-campus partnerships and streamlines academic, workforce, CTE, and and child care resources for students at all levels with a warm handoff. Additionally, Amber coordinates off campus community collaborations aimed at 2Gen family supports for student parents.
As a facilitator for Infant and Toddler Playgroups, Amber develops and implements a healthy open-ended learning environment for children ages 0-4 and their caregivers. As part of the FRC holistic approach, Amber recruits and trains all interns interested in working with infants and toddlers to better prepare them for the workforce. In addition, Amber facilitates internships at the FRC for high school students receiving college credit for working with young children and families.
Amber serves as a member on the Post-secondary Education Working Group out of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, creating policy recommendations for the new administration on how to better support families in higher education. In May 2016, Amber was invited to speak at the United States Department of Education's "Better Outcomes through a 2Gen Approach: Federal Agencies Focus on Serving Whole Families" Conference in Washington, D.C. on the importance of public policy in shaping student parent success. A member of the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Amber has also received extensive training on the Strengthening Families Protective Factors and in Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) practices. She has presented workshops at the National Student Parent Symposium Conference at Ohio State University and the annual Aspen ThinkXChange: The National Forum on Two-Generation Solutions.
Also a student parent, Amber completed her Associate of Arts degree in Child Development at Los Angeles Valley College in December 2013. She is now pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Consumer Sciences, specializing in Family Studies at California State University, Northridge. Ms. Angel holds her Teacher Permit from the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.