Through the Eyes of a Child

Please join us for our inaugural meeting of experts that represent the wide spectrum of early childhood education, kindergarten readiness, health care and access for underserved populations.  At this event, you will learn about the role that vision plays in early childhood learning through shared experiences as well as research findings. Our goal in hosting this event is to aid in building a community that encourages peer networking, collaboration and support for the importance that vision plays in academic and socio-behavioral development.


Portrait_de Alba_ 11-17-14 (1)Alejandra de Alba Campomanes, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology, UCSF;
Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus
San Francisco General Hospital
See Well to Learn Advisory Board
See Well to Learn Clinical/Medical Director

Dr. de Alba is the Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at UCSF and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and she holds the Deborah Hoyt and Creig S. Hoyt, M.D., Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology. Her clinical activities focus on comprehensive assessment and treatment of pediatric eye diseases, including retinopathy of prematurity, congenital malformations, pediatric cataracts, genetic eye conditions, strabismus, and amblyopia. In addition to busy clinical and surgical practices, Dr. de Alba is active in research focusing on retinopathy of prematurity, strabismus management, public health and effective screening of pediatric eye conditions. She is currently involved in several national and international research collaborations. Dr. de Alba is highly involved in service activities focused on increasing access to high-quality pediatric ophthalmology care and vision screening. This includes serving as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Prevent Blindness Northern California, where she supervises the See Well to Learn Program, which provides free preschool vision screening to vulnerable children in The San Francisco and Oakland Unified School District. As a member of the Advisory Committee for the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, an initiative housed at Prevent Blindness America, she advises the implementation of a uniform strategy for universal screening of children prior to school entry, evaluates vision screening practices and policies for preschool-aged children, and collaborates to develop strategies and resources that will enhance state level and national surveillance of vision screening and follow-up care.


Jean-Marie Houston
Director, Early Learning Support Services (ELSS)
San Mateo County Office of Education

Jean-Marie Houston is the Director of Early Learning Support Services at the San Mateo County Office of Education. Actively working in the field of early care and education in San Mateo County for 30 years, she has coordinated numerous local multi-partner collaborations to improve early childhood education access and quality including The Big Lift, San Mateo County’s Preschool for All, and the Early Childhood Quality Improvement Project (EQuIP). In 2013, under contract to the California Department of Education she led a team to complete California’s Comprehensive Early Learning Plan (CCELP). She has been a local child care planning council coordinator, a child care resource and referral counselor, a teacher and director of a private child care center serving children from 0 – 5.  Ms. Houston (a.k.a. McLoughlin) is an inductee of the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame. She has an A.S. in Early Childhood Education and a B.A. in Human Services, Administration.

Ingrid Mezquita
Executive Director
First 5 San Francisco 

Since 2005, as the Senior Program Officer at First 5 San Francisco, Ingrid Mezquita has led the City’s Preschool for All initiative to expand high-quality early learning opportunities for all children. The Preschool for All initiative was enacted by San Francisco voters in 2004 through a local ballot initiative, also known as the Public Education and Enrichment Fund, and entitles every four-year old child residing in the county to have access to a high-quality preschool experience.She is involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of over 150 preschools participating in the Preschool for All initiative, and brings extensive experience in operating federal and state early childhood programs. Also, Ms. Mezquita has been one of the key architects for San Francisco’s City’s quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), and a significant contributor to the design of California’s statewide QRIS efforts. Ms. Mezquita is a passionate advocate for improved public policy that benefits children of color and immigrant children. As a proud San Franciscan and grandmother of two girls under the age of 5, Ms. Mezquita works whole-heartily towards improving outcomes for children furthest from opportunity.

Angie Garling
Program Administrator
Early Care and Education Planning Council (ECE)
California Child Care Coordinators Association
Alameda County

Angie is the Program Administrator for Alameda County’s Early Care and Education Program. House at the General Services Agency, the Program oversees many initiatives, including the Early Care and Education Planning Council. The Council’s mission is to advise and make recommendations to policymakers to ensure that all children and families have access to quality child care that educates children and enriches their lives. She has over 20 years of experience advocating on behalf of quality child care and early learning experiences for all children and families. She has been recognized by both the US House of Representatives and the California State Legislature for her work in early childhood policymaking.

Angie holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and a Master’s degree from UC Berkeley in Educational Psychology and Human Development. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and young children.


Omondi Nyong’o, MD.
Pediatric Ophthalmologist
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology

Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF)
Sutter Health

See Well to Learn Advisory Board

Dr. Omondi Nyong’o is a pediatric ophthalmologist at the Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is the Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). PAMF is a non-for profit health services organization in Silicon Valley and throughout the Bay Area. Dr. Nyong’o has a professional interest in translational pediatric eye research.  He has designed, piloted, and implemented successul improvements in vision screening for pre-school children in a multispecialty group practice model. These improvements successfully adapt user-friendly vision screening technology to pediatricians’ workflows. This adaptation allows accurate detection of blindness in very young children while improving parent, child and health care worker satisfaction. Dr. Nyong’o is currently initiating an innovative study to improve adherence to eye-patching, a bedrock therapy for children with lazy eye. This work will be translated into improved standards of care for all children found to have a lazy eye.

Dr. Nyong’o received his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Brown University in Rhode Island. He attended UCSF medical school and then the University of Washington Eye Institute for a Residency in Ophthalmology. At Seattle Children’s Hospital, he was mentored by Dr. Avery Weiss MD to use his background in developmental vision from neuroscience, to enter the field of pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Nyong’o continued on to the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center for an advanced fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus. Dr. Nyong’o is a volunteer professor of ophthalmology at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, for which volunteer work he was awarded the 2015 Crowell-Beard Teaching Award by the UCSF residents.

Dr. Nyong’o was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was raised in Kenya, where his parents worked as physicians in Nairobi’s informal settlements. He has an older brother who is a cartoonist, another older brother who is a professor of Theater and Drama at Yale University, and a younger sister with an MBA who runs a startup helping moms in Africa.

See you in 2017.

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