Below is a listing of the featured and breakout session presentations from the 2015 Summit. Click on those titles listed in green to view the presenter's slide deck.
Dr. Clancy Blair
The Science of Self-Regulation: Implications for Programs and Policies for Children and Families and Teachers
Dr. Nonie K. Lesaux
The Road to Impact: Overcoming Common Pitfalls & Identifying High-Stakes Decisions for Literacy Success
Tribal Gathering Keynote
Dr. Hilary N. Weaver
Breakout Sessions By Track:
Karen Felty, Laurie Clark, Kathleen Dowler & Nancy Tolman, Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center
This session will provide knowledge of the emerging science linking oral health conditions to overall health. Learn the facts and get resources and tools to improve the health of the families you serve.
Bonnie Williams, Arizona Department of Health Services/Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity
This session will provide a brief overview of the Empower Standards, illustrating how their implementation supports Quality First and many other early childhood quality improvement initiatives. Join us for this interactive session focusing on health and wellness.
First things First health strategies are focused on primary and secondary prevention for children birth through age 5. This presentation gives a more advanced picture of the FTF health strategies that are funded in the current fiscal year.
Rose Phillips & Leah Eckley, Southwest Human Development
Participants will benefit from understanding how promoting and protecting infant/early childhood mental health is essential to children’s academic success and well being throughout the course of their lives.
Elizabeth Jacobs, Maricopa County Community Colleges
Review the research and theories of attachment as they apply specifically to the experiences of foster children, and consider suggestions to improve the child’s chance for meaningful future relationships.
HD3-1 Innovation in the Ranks: Expanding Oral Healthcare Access in Arizona with Advanced Delivery and Workforce Models
Kavita Bernstein, First Things First; Megan Miks, Dignity Health; Vincent Torres, Maricopa County Department of Public Health
Learn about the newest trends in oral healthcare in Arizona, including teledentistry, alternative roles for dental hygienists, expanded AHCCCS reimbursement, and how the Affordable Care Act is affecting the provision of oral healthcare.
Ernestina Fuentes & Kelly Lundin, Herencia Guadalupana Lab Schools
If you teach children in poverty, come discuss, analyze videos and role play how to incorporate perseverance, resilience, goal-focus and self-regulation to promote optimal learning.
Kathe McGrath, University of Arizona
Communication is not just language. Learn techniques and strategies to promote communication in our earliest learners. Not just for SLPs!
Andrew Brown, Kayenta Unified School District #27
Want to build a garden for your ECE program? Learn about finding a constant water source, using community resources, and helping students take pride in their work.
Colleen McShea & Catie Sondrol, Milemarkers Therapy Inc.
Participates will navigate through typical and atypical developmental communication, fine motor, gross motor, sensory and social emotional milestones through use of video clips, checklists and interactive activities.
Kavita Bernstein, First Things First
Do you have compassion fatigue? Come learn how you can combat your own job fatigue and how you can build an organization that mitigates the symptoms of compassion fatigue in your staff.
Karen Peifer & Kelly Lubeck, First Things First
Routine and periodic screening is the foundation for early identification and services for young children. Pediatricians, early care providers, home visitors and other early childhood professionals all have a role in monitoring the healthy development of children and, when needed, providing guidance and links to appropriate intervention services. This session will identify the reasons for screening, the standards for screening and present the results of the Early Childhood Comprehensive System grant work in building more cohesive systems of screening children and developing services.
Adrienne Udarbe, Pinnacle Prevention
Food can be a sensitive subject. This session offers practical tools for providers and caregivers to approach the topic of child nutrition with parents in a way that promotes healthy relationships with food across the family unit, with acceptance for children's natural shape and size, and parenting well by providing, not depriving.
Nichole Wilson & Jennifer Jacobson, Yavapai College
Come to hear details of this study and experience activities that can foster self-regulation in young children. Leave with understanding the importance of a child's environment in developing these skills.
CA1-1 Unless Someone Like You Cares a Whole Awful Lot: Building Community and Statewide Support for Early Education
Melissa Lempke & Erin Eccleston, Expect More Arizona
The first step to making education a priority in Arizona is to better understand the issues and opportunities affecting our children. Then, find opportunities to get involved.
Joy Leveen & Juan Marquez, First Things First
If you're passionate about the importance of the early years, learn how to spread the word about it. Participants will learn how to integrate early childhood in their everyday communications.
Angela Mussi, Ofelia Gonzalez & Cynthia Pardo, First Things First; Jenni Brasington, Acelero Learning
You're committed to early childhood, now how do you share that passion with families and the greater community? You'll learn easy action steps and tools to make your champion actions most effective.
Ben Alteneder, First Things First; Penny Allee Taylor, Valley of the Sun United Way; Rosanna Gabaldón, State Representative District 2
Fast paced, interactive workshop led by FTF government relations staff providing you information on the legislative process and appropriate ways to engage with legislators and policy decision makers to support early childhood issues.
Jennifer Hernandez & Rachel Egboro, First Things First
Want to learn how to share effective stories about your program’s successes? This interactive workshop shows easy ways to create and share stories that show the impact of early childhood programs.
Dan Puglisi & Bethany Cone, First Things First
This fun and interactive session will highlight how you can use best practices of marketing and branding to reach key audiences and inspire action, including practical examples, social media and the basics of effective design.
Dana Sherman, First Things First; Ann Kaskel, Mountain Trail Middle School
Are you about to make a change—to improve process, shift directions or innovate? Based on ideas from change theory and social psychology (by Chip and Dan Heath, 2010), learn how to become an effective change agent. Participants will identify ways to facilitate, communicate and plan for change at a personal and/or organizational level.
Eva Marie Shivers, Institute for Child Development Research & Social Change, Indigo Cultural Center, Inc.
Equity in early childhood systems building is gaining momentum in states around the country. Join us as we discuss why it is essential to integrate an equity lens in our systems and programs, as well as recent research in early education and racial socialization. This session will help participants understand the role of early educators in promoting developmentally-appropriate racial and ethnic socialization for young children, and how these practices are related to aspects of effective teaching and children’s developmental outcomes. We will also explore the larger context of organizational climate and other systemic policies that ultimately impact teachers’ and children’s experiences.
Terry Doolan, Arizona Department of Education
Participants in this training will: reflect on current transition process; define their role in the transition process; identify barriers to the transition process and generate possible solutions; and develop a kindergarten transition timeline.
Anna Cruz & Joelle Greene, Harder+Company Community Research; Scott McGrath, First 5 San Bernardino
Interactive presentation on the implementation and evaluation of a Healthy Cities initiative funded by First 5 San Bernardino. The systems evaluation framework will be introduced and discussed.
Ashley Pascual, Rudy J. Ortiz & Sandy Smith, First Things First
“Collective impact,” “public buy-in” and “systems approach” are more than just field jargon. This session will highlight how these hot topic words came to life during local decision making.
Mona Qafisheh, Brooke Loiland & Christine Bach, First Things First
This session will highlight how to support and encourage programmatic change. Highlights include how to develop collaborative professional relationships, how to facilitate positive change, and how to increase program quality.
Peggy Peixoto, Maricopa County Juvenile Court; Judy Krysik, Arizona State University
Utilize a framework of collective impact to address the disconnect between the needs of young children in out-of-home care and the provision of high quality early education services. Gain tools to work collaboratively and build systems.
Melissa Avant & Nancy-Jean Welker, First Things First; Bill Adams, Washington Elementary School District; Riley Frei, Colorado River Union District
This session will give participants a chance to interact with public school leaders from Arizona – about the collaborative and innovative approaches by school districts to promote school readiness for all children.
Therese Kestner, Montessori International School
How to set up an environment for infants and toddlers based on their developmental needs, including daily activities for infants and toddlers based on their needs and capabilities.
Leona Pannabecker, Child-Parent Centers, Inc.
Becoming Mediators: Explore how coaching individuals to resolve disagreements, develop solutions, and practice implementing and evaluating those solutions enhances brain development, empathy, self-regulation, and the overall classroom/work community.
Julia Ragonese-Barwell, Arts Integration Solutions
How do young minds develop the capacity for self-regulation and readiness for reading and writing? Pre-K teachers in Tucson are learning to apply art-based teaching strategies that promote creative thinking and make learning engaging!
Gwen Shawley, Lisa Minnette & Courtney Allen, Benevilla
Developing an effective intergenerational program benefitting the seniors, the children and the community. We will discuss space, scheduling, initiative, interactions and assessment when developing a program.
Sandi Walters & Linda Brault, WestEd Center for Child & Family Studies
Participants will receive strategies, tools and resources to support full inclusion of infants and toddlers with special needs in the environment, curriculum and routines. This interactive session will include video, activities and take-home materials.
Alison Dragonetti & Anna White, Phoenix Public Library
Participants will learn how technology can be used interactively to promote early learning while discovering new apps and resources. Emphasis will be placed on how to share this with parents.
Stephanie Garza & Isabel Orellana, Harvest Preparatory Academy
Who doesn't enjoy Mouse Paint? Why not expand on a great topic by mixing in some science and fine art standards from the AZ Early Learning Standards? Learn about color mixing, bleeding and elements of arts.
Katie Romero & Liz Winkelman, Southwest Human Development; Virginia Maya, Association for Supportive Child Care
This session addresses frequently asked questions surrounding the Quality First Points Scale Assessment as identified in community meetings, conversations with child care programs and Quality First coaches.
Angela Redondo, New Mexico State University
During this interactive session, participants will critically examine the ways that children's literature is latent with power, privilege and ideologies. Participants will gain fresh insights into selecting books to share with their students.
Mary Ann Biermeier, Inspire Early Childhood Leadership Series
Bring back the joy of discovery in your classroom! Follow an Arizona preschool as they put the Reggio Emilia approach and the foundations of emergent curriculum into practice.
Chelsea Gigstad & Erin Manfredonia, Casa de los Ninos
Understanding the prevalence and the impact of child maltreatment for children who experience it and their caregivers. Tools and strategies to respond to children who may have experienced maltreatment.
Kelly Kulsrud, Strategies for Children; Nonie K. Lesaux, Harvard University
An interactive discussion that builds upon Nonie Lesaux’s featured presentation. To address the nation's literacy problem, those in the field working to promote children’s early literacy development need to scrutinize what they do–to determine if their efforts are sustained, intensive and strategic enough to create measurable impact. In Massachusetts, we led a three–year initiative to support cross–sector teams in five communities serving academically vulnerable populations to undertake a cutting-edge examination and analysis of their current literacy programs and services, and to engage in a strategic planning process to shift to a more coordinated, high–impact approach. In this session, we distill the key features of this process, the lessons learned across communities, critical decisions for increased impact, and pitfalls to avoid.
Terri Clark, Read On Arizona; Jenny Volpe, Make Way for Books; Kendra Smiley, Raising A Reader
Why early language and literacy matters, and an overview of the newest tools and resources from Read On Arizona to help improve literacy outcomes for children ages birth through 8.ent. Ad vegan excepteur butcher vice lomo. Leggings occaecat craft beer farm-to-table, raw denim aesthetic synth nesciunt you probably haven't heard of them accusamus labore sustainable VHS.
Roy Dawson, Faith Opportunity Zone
African American children—what must we do that they may have life? The Faith Opportunity Zone has the answer! Come prepared to hear about FOZ and share personal thoughts and ideas.
Aaliyah Samuel, Stephanie Willis & Christine Bach, First Things First
This session will allow an opportunity for family support providers to discuss challenges in recruiting, retaining and supporting families and share ideas on how to best meet the needs of families.
Joanne Goldblum, National Diaper Bank Network
This is an opportunity for professionals to have a more comprehensive understanding of the impact poverty on the development of a child.
Amy Maschue, Words to Grow On
Learn practical strategies from a speech pathologist to enhance the daily interactions at your facility or home to maximize communication with young children and acquire strategies for flexible and successful communication breakdown repairs.
SF4-2 Effective Parent Engagement: Building on Parents' Strengths with Culturally–Responsive Leadership Training
Silvia Esqueda & Veronica Peña, Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors
In this interactive session, participants will be introduced to Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, an evidence-based parenting, leadership and advocacy training program for parents of children 0-5.
Stephanie Willis, Aaliyah Samuel & Christine Bach, First Things First
The session introduces the two First Things First child welfare policies developed and revised for State Fiscal Year 2016 implementation.
SF5-2 Meeting the Needs of People That Are Homeless: How to Effectively Understand and Act When Working with Vulnerable Families and Children
Kresta Horn, UMOM New Day Centers
Being without a home is one thing, but to be homeless is so much more than meets the eye. This workshop will help to convey the complexities and ways to be supportive of children and families experiencing homelessness.
Debbie Curley, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Pima County; Darcy Dixon & Jennifer Dickey, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Santa Cruz County
FTF grantees teach children through parents. This knowledge transfer requires interactions filled with trust, encouragement and challenge. Learn strength-based techniques and messaging to coach parents on interacting with their children.
Willeen Whipple, Parents as Teachers National Center
Learn strategies to engage parents within the context of respect and cultural competence. Parent engagement through home visitation enhances long term relationships in the home, school and community.
William Rosenberg, Pascua Yaqui Tribe Head Start Ili Uusim Mahtawapo; Pete Guerrero, Pascua Yaqui Tribe Education Division; Laurie Versace Dagostino, Tucson Unified School District; Tiburcia Yocupicio-Chambers, First Things First
Learn how three government agencies—Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Tucson Unified School District and First Things First—are working together to provide more high quality preschool services to tribal children.