Early Head Start Rising

Summer Learning Series

May - July 2021

Early Head Start is unique, so your learning opportunities should be, too.

NHSA is proud to invite you and your Early Head Start colleagues across the country to our summer learning series designed especially for Early Head Start professionals.

Prenatal Neuroscience: Mommies Matter!

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Dr. Stephen Patrick and Dr. Miska Terplan, two neonatologists, will join Early Head Start leaders to talk about the unique needs of pregnant women, new moms, and newborns. Dr. Patrick is Associate Professor Pediatrics and Health Policy Director Center for Child Health Policy at Vanderbilt University and Dr. Terplan is Senior Physician Research Scientist at Friends Research Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Both have made great strides in working with pregnant women with substance use disorders and value the bonding between mother and child.

Early Identification of Disabilities: Making the Most of the Early Years

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Early identification of disabilities is key to ensuring children get the support they need when those supports can have the greatest impact. Dr. Alacia Stainbrook, Associate Director, Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Vanderbilt University and Dr. Evon Lee, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychology, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University, will join Early Head Start leadership and staff to talk about how they can support their children and families through early identification.

Mind in the Making and Vroom: Even Babies Develop Executive Function

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Erin Ramsey and Dan Torres will join us from the Bezos Foundation to talk about the importance of executive function and how even our youngest Head Start babies can start to develop these vital life skills. Through Mind In The Making and Vroom, they work to ensure all children and the adults who support them understand how to build better executive function.

Early Language Development: The Power of Gesture and Infant Language Development

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Dr. Lori Foran will join us to talk about language development in infants. The focus of this exciting discussion will be around the power of gesture and how it leads children into the world of language. This session is particularly important for any EHS folks working with disabilities, speech and language specialists and classroom teachers and assistant teachers. Much of the information will be very practical and can be taken back to the program to use right away!

Maternal Mortality in the US: The Facts Might Surprise You

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP, FACOG, is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and founding Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Harvard’s Ariadne Labs. His work focuses on partnering with people giving birth to design solutions that enable them to thrive. As an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Dr. Shah cares for patients at critical life moments that range from childbirth to primary care to surgery. As a scientist and social entrepreneur, he is a globally recognized expert in designing solutions that improve health care. He will join us to talk about the shocking maternal mortality rates in the US and how EHS can connect with the medical community to support better outcomes.

Breastfeeding/Early Nutrition for Infants

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Dr. Kimarie Bugg is President and CEO of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), a national nonprofit created in 2011 to address breastfeeding inequities in the African American community and a career perinatal and neonatal nurse professional. Here she will share her expertise with EHS professionals about the importance of early nutrition and how programs can better support their new moms.