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Tuesday, December 1

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Opening General Session
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM Break
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Coaching for Success to Improve Family Outcomes

Presenter: Lori Cox

This training is targeted for directors, family advocates, ERSEA managers, and coaches. During this training we will teach how extending coaching to families can improve family outcomes by presenting long term high quality data. In this training we will give ideas on how to promote a healthy partnership between staff, and families, to create a solid partnership that strives in safety and security.

Culture Diversity: Creating a culturally diverse safe classroom and workplace

Presenter: Bobbie Lee

Become a catalyst for change and not hurt. Gains the necessary incite to educate all children, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or religion. This training is designed to help programs begin to take a closer look at their own assumptions and discover new ways to reach out to all children and families.

100 Ways to enhance Social/Emotional Learning

Presenter: Michael Hubler

Social-emotional skills are the keys to behavioral, academic, and life success. Participants will walk through and learn the 100 ways with which they can promote better behavior and learning through perpetual positive reinforcement. Make the most of your time with your children to enhance their learning and behavior by capitalizing on every opportunity to teach social and emotional skills to your young children each and every day..

Addressing Trauma in Early Childhood Settings

Presenters: Kiersten Beigel and Sangeeta Parikshak

Attendees will obtain knowledge about: 1) trauma, adversity and resilience and 2) trauma-informed care strategies for creating environments that promote healing and learning for children and families in HS/EHS programs. Featuring Kiersten Beigel and Sangeeta Parikshak, Office of Head Start.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Break
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Don't damage your children's emotional lives

Presenter: Paul Levin

It doesn’t seem like it, but your children hear and record, everything you do, say and feel. That’s a heavy burden for a parent. Prior to the age of 7, the mind of a child is a sponge. A sponge that will be squeezed countless times during the rest of their life. What will drip out? Will it be anger? Will it be fear? Will they give up on life? Their first 7 years set the stage. Learn what to do and what not to do, to raise happy, confident, and empowered children. Target audience is parents, staff and directors, in that order

Community Impact: Uplifting Undocumented Families

Presenter: Diana Rodriguez

This session will discuss strategies to support and engage newly arrived undocumented families representing the most vulnerable groups served by U.S. We will explore wrap around services for success through supports from family, educators, and other caring adults in their lives. There are many things that you can do to create educational environments in which students of all backgrounds can thrive socially, emotionally, and academically. Educators, in particular, can create inclusive and safe learning environments for all students and families incorporating activities that are designed to cultivate empathy and trusting relationships, create a sense of belonging, and reduce discriminatory stereotypes and actions.

Discovering JOY! Turning Stress Into Your New SUPER Power!

Presenter: Gloria Sherman

Staff are expected to have working knowledge of mental health needs of children. COVID-19 has added another layer of stress and uncertainty. Adults must have strategies to remain calm so they can help children feel safe. Participants will be provided an opportunity to learn a variety of coping mechanisms to help eliminate negative stress and use the remaining stress to empower their own greatness. Put yourself on the "To Do" list and discover ways to take care of you!

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM From Bench Warmers to Starters: Building and Maintaining a High-Performing Team

Presenter: Dr. Bertha Proctor

New Directors, HR, and Program Managers: Learn from seasoned HR/Head Start Professionals as we discuss ways to build a consistent leadership pipeline and foster a positive culture. We will discuss holding staff accountable for meeting current needs while also preparing them to meet future program demands. We will provide examples of ways to invest in staff performance, capitalize on employee strengths, and create a culture of mutual feedback that empowers leaders to build a stronger team.

Play and Trauma in Young Children During a Pandemic

Presenter: Ruth Guirguis

Research has established that play supports children’s cognitive domains by fostering both numeracy and literary concepts. Nonetheless, play is not just a mechanism for academic competence but also a vehicle for supporting behavioral/emotional coping skills when faced with adversities such as isolation. Play can help children communicate uncertainties and facilitate their understanding during challenging times. According to Sutton-Smith (2016), emotions such as shock, fear, loneliness, happiness, anger, and disgust are aligned with six main play forms and outcomes that have psychological underpinnings. The relationship between play during a crisis or times of adversities is positive therapeutic effects. Consequently, ensuring that young children are offered optimal opportunities for play is fundamental. The long-term effect of play as a survival mechanism is the development of resilience. Building a playful pathway towards resilience in children requires active engagement and scaffolding that will allow young children to develop a sense of efficacy and control over their immediate environment. Moreover, play as a pathway to building resilience will enhance self-regulatory skills and the ability to restore self-empowerment and hope in children during a crisis.

Sign Language to Enhance Early Learning and Communication - Birth-3 Years

Presenter: Lillian Hubler

This program teaches American Sign Language (ASL) to caregivers, educators, specialists and parents of young children ages birth to 3 years to be used in the classroom to enhance communication, the ability of young children to get their wants and needs met, and to better understand and communicate their feelings and the feelings of others. Journey into sign language by joining us to learn how to enhance our youngest children’s communication, language, and literacy skills; social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development.

The Reading Party!

Presenter: Stephanie Pasley-Henry

THE READING PARTY is a FUNdamental, foundational, fitness and phonics technique. The phonics portion motivates and inspires beginning and struggling readers to adequately decode and recognize words; research shows that when word recognition becomes automatic, reading fluency increases and comprehension improves. Other reading concepts such as vowels, syllables and consonants are taught using the same technique. Phonemic awareness and phonological awareness concepts are infused with physical fitness routines, relevant raps, rocking rhythms and riveting rhymes! Don't be tardy to the fitness and phonics parrrrty!

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Break
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Closing General Session

Wednesday, December 2

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Opening General Session
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM Break
12:00 - 1:00 PM Strengthening Student and Family Resilience: Tipping the Scale Toward Positive Outcomes Ford

Presenters: Rhonda Neal Waltman and Morgan Ford

Our children and families are experiencing new challenges and emotions due to the recent pandemic. During this session participants will explore the impact of resilience on children's learning and development, and examine strategies for enhancing resilience, including: increasing social connections, practicing parental self-care, and identifying concrete support.

The Special Needs of Spirited Children…and Their Parents

Presenter: Michael Popkin

Some children are born with a temperament that is more spirited and challenging than others, requiring special skills by parents and teachers to bring out their best. Using a combination of brief video vignettes, slides, experiential activity and lecture, this presentation will help Head Start professionals identify the traits of a spirited child and specific strategies they can teach parents and use themselves to bring out the positive potential of these high-energy children while managing their behavior.

Sleep: Incorporating programs on healthy sleep habits for preschool students and parents for good health, better behavior, and school readiness

Presenter: Ann Raftery

Early Childhood directors, staff, and parents: Learn about the need for sleep education, the importance of sleep, and the Sweet Dreamzzz research supported, innovative approach to address new national CFOC Health standards for sleep programming. Brainstorm challenges for parents surrounding sleep. Explore and discuss practical strategies for reaching teachers, preschoolers, and parents with the critical message of sleep and an actionable bedtime routine, including tools to help bring the message home. Learn about Sweet Dreamzzz’ new instructional tool – a Flipchart for Parents - to reach all parents with healthy sleep information! Let’s help get preschoolers the sleep they need and deserve for a happy and successful life

Building Peace & Social Justice with Children, Family, & Colleagues at Home, School, & Work

Presenter: Ronald Mah

This workshop makes the connections between individual self-esteem in children and their involvement in the peace and social justice process. Peace and social justice are examined from the perspective of consistency among all relationships from ones relationship with children (or with parents), with peers, friends, colleagues, the community and the world. The role of social and communication skills and conflict resolution skills in peace and social justice processes

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Break
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Let Love Rule: Celebrating Anti-Bias Education

Presenter: Angie Oliver

John Lennon sang, "Imagine all the people sharing all the world…". That's the basis of Anti-bias Education, the creation of a space where ALL children can be included, respected and celebrated equally for their individual spark and spirit. In defining the four goals of Anti-Bias Education, parents, teachers and directors of all levels will learn guidance strategies, teaching techniques and tools for challenging our beliefs and opening our minds to new ways of promoting Inclusion and Diversity, Empathy and Compassion, and Tolerance and Respect in our homes, classrooms and communities. As the song goes, "You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will live as one."

Engaging families through virtual learning

Presenter: Yvette Martin

Participants will have the opportunity to learn different ways of supporting families through the use of technology, by engaging in virtual discussions and hands on activities.

Bridging the Gap: How to Become a Transformative Ally

Presenter: Shantera Chatman

Understanding, empathy, and compassion are key to becoming a great ally. This session tackles the key components of being an ally and guides you through the journey from advocacy to support, and finally coexistence providing you with skills needed on the field, office, boardroom and most importantly, life. We will initiate important conversations that lead to continuous action focused on inclusive practices and principles that will guide your team’s thinking in all communicative settings aiding in a strong team culture that fosters growth and team unity

Gardening Together

Presenter: Sarah Pounders

Whether at school or at home, gardening activities engage young learners, inspire creativity, and delight the senses. This session will offer ideas for ways to connect with families through gardening activities that can be conducted at ECE centers or at home and completed with or without a true garden space. We will share tips for building small, mobile gardens that can be grown anywhere, along with lesson and activity ides that require minimal and inexpensive supplies. You will leave knowing that gardening can be a fun learning adventure for everyone!

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Supporting families' goals for their children's bilingualism

Presenter: Delis Cuellar

In this presentation the participants will learn how to support bilingualism in Head Start. First, we will start with parents' goals for their children's bilingualism. Second, we will learn about bilingualim's myths.

Working with Fathers in Head Start: Resources and Tips on Recruitment from the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse

Presenter: James Worthy

Join us to discuss lessons learned from fatherhood work in Head Start and other community-based settings; learn about tips and resources to better engage and serve fathers; and find out more about the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, including the website, social media platforms, and products written to advance the fatherhood field.

In-Kind: Community and Parent Involvement

Presenter: Tammy Jelenik

If you are part of an EHS/HS program, you need to generate non-federal match (in-kind)! This session explores ways to increase community involvement in the program, even during crisis and change. It also identifies new way parents and family members can stay engaged in the program no matter the learning modality.

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Break
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Yogapalooza with Bari Koral

Thursday, December 3

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Opening General Session
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM Break
12:00 - 1:00 PM The 10 Commandments of Blended Family Life

Presenter: Joel Hawbaker

Every blended family is unique and will face its own struggles and challenges. However, there are universal principles that apply in every family situation, and I call them the 10 Commandments of Blended Family Life. These will help your family (or your organization that works with blended families) learn to live more cooperatively and peacefully together.

Family & Community Learning in Virtual Spaces

Presenter: Devon Steven

Public media's Ready To Learn initiative has traditionally engaged families and educators in hands-on learning through creative play in community settings, including Head Start centers, libraries, and schools. In the wake of COVID-19, local PBS stations and their partners have adapted their services to engage families over digital platforms for synchronous and asynchronous activities. Join staff from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS, Austin PBS, Georgia Public Broadcasting and WFSU to learn about RTL's emerging practices in transitioning from in-person to virtual engagement with families and educators of children ages 2-8, especially those in low-income communities.

Caring for Each Other with Sesame Street in Communities

Presenter: Antonio Freitas

A health emergency, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, brings many changes and uncertainty for young children and families. But there are things we can do to face this “for now normal” with emotional support, establishing routines, and maintaining a sense of optimism. We can offer comfort, connect with, and care for others, safely. And we can keep learning and growing at home through SSIC resources you can use!

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Break
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Using our voices for GOOD

Presenter: LaToya Mothershed

It doesn’t seem like it, but your children hear and record, everything you do, say and feel. That’s a heavy burden for a parent. Prior to the age of 7, the mind of a child is a sponge - a sponge that will be squeezed countless times during the rest of their life. What will drip out? Will it be anger? Will it be fear? Will they give up on life? Their first 7 years set the stage. Learn what to do and what not to do, to raise happy, confident, and empowered children. Target audience is parents, staff and directors, in that order.

Resources and strategies to support children with disabilities and their families

Presenter: Dayana Garcia

During this session we will explore strategies for supporting young children with identified disabilities or suspected delays and their families during these challenging times. Consider how to develop a plan that will ensure a review of each child’s Individual Educational Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) in partnership with special education and early intervention partners in order to maintain high quality service delivery. Learn about resources to support families as they navigate through the referral, evaluation and service delivery systems in their communities. Featuring Dayana Garcia, Office of Head Start

Interpreting Data with Parent Gauge

Presenters: Bob Manning, Victoria Jones

In a world of data-informed decision-making, the Parent Gauge tool brings an unmatched ability to ensure that your program is acing its family engagement efforts. Join us to learn about the tool, the data it provides, national trends in parent engagement, and to practice using data yourself to inform your PFCE efforts.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Happiness is running through the streets to find you, even during a pandemic.

Presenter: Holly Bruno

When our world flips upside down, children need affirming, safe, calming adults. Who, however, helps adults through traumatizing times? By choosing HOPE over fear, we co-create sanctuaries of healing, trust, humor and promise. Together, let's turn the worst of times into the best of times.

How Do We Know Our FCE Systems Are Working? A Case Study Using Data Workflows

Presenter: Kristie Brownell

Does your program have strong FCE systems for Family Goals, Family Screening and Family Services and Referrals? Exploring and improving your data workflows is a great place to start to answer that question! Learn how one Head Start FCE Manager used data workflows to evaluate their FCE program and strengthen their monitoring and tracking at all levels of staff. Based on what they discovered through the process, they created new ChildPlus reports, focused training, and revised their policies and procedures.

Partnering with Families to Build Economic Security During Emergencies

Presenter:Brandi Thacker-Black

Families' financial, education, employment, and career needs and goals may change during emergencies and natural disasters. Join the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) to discuss resources program staff can use to partner with families for accessing important information, benefits, and tools that can strengthen families' economic security during crises. Both program and parent participants will have the opportunity to share information about programs and information that have helped during emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic.

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Break
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Closing General Session