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Anaheim, California
2019 Parent and Family Engagement Conference
December 9 - December 12, 2019

Pre-Conference Sessions

You can register for these pre-conference sessions while registering for the conference. If you have already registered, you can easily add a pre-conference session to your registration.

 

Sunday, December 8th

Improving Program Quality through Cultural and Linguistic Practices

Sunday, 2pm - 5pm

When families and staff partner closely to support home languages, and when they embrace families’ cultures and traditions, young can thrive. Join the Office of Head Start (OHS) and the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) for a discussion on how intentional, cultural and linguistic responsive practices (CLRP) can be implemented to promote school readiness for Dual Language Learners (DLL) and their families.

This session will explore the importance of offering culturally and linguistically responsive activities to parents that promote their role as the child’s first teacher and lifelong advocate while also engaging community stakeholders. Lastly, participants will have a conversation about CLRP services, their place in the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), and how staff can ensure program quality improvement for diverse populations.

Registration fee:

Free

Monday, December 9th

Addressing Trauma in Early Childhood Settings

Monday, 9am - 12pm

Office of Head Start Pre-Conference Half-Day Session

Through large and small group discussion and use of relevant resource material, attendees will obtain knowledge about: 1) trauma, adversity and resilience 2) trauma-informed care and its potential in early childhood settings and 3) strategies for creating environments that promote healing and learning for children and families in HS/EHS programs.

Speakers:

Sangeeta Parikshak is a Social Science Analyst with the Office of Head Start in the Administration for Children and Families. She serves as the lead for mental health and disability services for the Office of Head Start.

Kiersten Beigel is a Senior Program Specialist with the Office of Head Start in the Administration for Children and Families.

Registration fee:

Free

Data-Informed Decision-Making: Practical Tips, Tricks, and Tools You Can Start Using Today

Monday, 9am - 5pm

Head Start programs are expected to consistently meet high standards and provide high-quality services, and it is important to understand how Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) methods can help to best serve children and families in your program. CQI processes represent an opportunity for real growth but are also a significant change from the familiar. This workshop will introduce senior leadership and management staff to the world of quality improvement science, with a strong emphasis on tools and practices they can use as they re-calibrate their use of data and decision processes. Attendees will get hands-on practice with important CQI frameworks and tools that they can bring back to use in their own programs.

Registration fee:

Members: $250
Non-Members: $300

Supporting Head Start Programs to Prevent and Respond to Domestic Violence

Monday, 9am - 5pm

Many families participating in early childhood programs are affected by domestic violence and other traumatic experiences. Children may experience this violence themselves, or even if they are not directly injured, the exposure to these traumatic events can cause social, emotional and behavioral difficulties and can impede learning for some children. Head Start staff are key partners that can implement universal violence prevention strategies, support resiliency during times of stress, provide information and referrals, and develop partnerships with domestic violence programs.

Join the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) to discuss supporting families experiencing domestic violence while providing culturally appropriate responses and how to implement strategies that develop positive, strengths-based and supportive relationships with families impacted by domestic violence.

Registration fee:

Free

HS/EHS Governance: Tone at the Top

Monday, 8am - 12pm

This session is designed specifically for staff, policy council and board members of Head Start/Early Head Start (HS/EHS) organizations. The Head Start requirements are like no others. You need to know what your role is to help keep your agency in compliance. Over the past few years, much more scrutiny has been placed on governance, and regulations and requirements are changing all the time. During this presentation and workshop, the audience will have the opportunity to hear information, share information, and work through scenarios to help them explore how to use the information back in their agencies.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review how the governing body is set up according to the Head Start Act and the Head Start Program Performance Standards
  2. Discuss the role requirements of staff, policy council and board members, including why the requirements exist
  3. Examine how these roles work together

Registration fee:

Members: $250
Non-Members: $300

Keeping and Hiring Great Talent

Monday, 1pm - 5pm

People—the right people—are your competitive differentiator and advantage. As demographic shifts escalate and the job market improves, finding and keeping great talent is a critical priority. Retention and development of talent needs to be a core competency of agency’s strategy. Each generation of employees bring unique expectations, work styles, and career preferences. From job postings to onboarding, there are opportunities to attract and engage talent that will help your program thrive.

The session will include components of innovative practices, best practices, your successful practices, and brand-new ideas. Be prepared to listen, think, share, and come away with some valuable wisdom.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the changing workforce demographics
  2. Explore practical interviewing techniques to see beyond the resume
  3. Identify how to help the great talent you already have – stay

Registration fee:

Members: $250
Non-Members: $300