2015 Presentations


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.

Featured Speaker

Dr. Clancy Blair

The Science of Self-Regulation: Implications for Programs and Policies for Children and Families and Teachers

Featured Speaker

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

Nurturing Our Future: Culturally Responsive Services for Young American Indian Children

Breakout Sessions By Track:

HD1-1 Healthy Families: Bridging the Gap between the Science of Oral Health and Healthy Families

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.

HD2-2 Using Empower Standards to Help You 'Reach the Stars!'

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.

HD2-3 Everything You Wanted to Know about First Things First Preventive Health Strategies

Karen Peifer, Kavita Bernstein, Brooke Loiland & Deanna Matthews, First Things First

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.

HD2-4 Do Infants and Children Have Mental Health Needs?

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.

HD2-5 Will I Ever See You Again? Attachment Challenges for Foster Children

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.

HD3-3 Children in Poverty: Operationalizing Social Skills to Secure Cognitive Development

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.

HD3-4 Communication in Early Intervention

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!

HD4-1 Developing and Maintaining an Early Childhood Education Garden

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.

HD4-2 When is My Child Supposed to Do That?

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.

HD4-3 Compassion Fatigue: Building up the Armor of the Heart

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.

HD5-2 Developmental and Sensory Screening: Why is it Important and What Do You Need to Know?

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.

HD5-4 Talking to Parents about Nutrition in a Way that Helps Without Harming

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.

HD5-5 Replication of the Famous Marshmallow Experiment and Self-Regulation Play Activities

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.

CA2-1 Early Childhood, Every Day: Get the Word Out

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.

CA3-1 Moving Awareness to Action

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.

CA4-1 Citizens Guide to the Legislative Process

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.

CA4-2 The Write Way: Capturing Stories that Show the Power of Early Childhood

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.

CA5-1 Marketing Strategies to Serve More Children and Families

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.

SB1-2 Strategies for Becoming an Effective Change Agent

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.

SB1-3 Beyond Diversity: Equity & Excellence in ECE

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.

SB2-1 Quality Kindergarten Transition for All

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.

SB2-4 Healthy Cities and Communities: a Systems Approach to Strengthening Families and Children

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.

SB3-3 The Value of Public Involvement in Decision Making

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.

SB3-4 Envision the Revision: How to Support Change

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.

SB4-1 Utilizing Collective Impact to Connect Young Foster Children with Quality Early Education

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.

SB5-3 The Role of School Boards and Districts in Enhancing School Readiness

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.

EL1-3 Preparation of the Environment to Fulfill Developmental Needs of Infants and Toddlers

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.

EL2-1 I Had it First!... Collaborative Solutions, Brain Development and Classroom/Work Community

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.

EL2-3 Embody Learning Play: Engaging Young Children through Art-Based Learning Experiences

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!

EL2-4 Cultivating Caring Communities through Intergenerational programs

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.

EL2-5 Tools and Strategies for Fully Including Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs

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.

EL3-3 Children and Technology: Utilizing Devices to Enhance Early Learning

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.

EL4-2 Mouse Paint: Mixing Color into Literacy, Science and Visual Arts

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.

EL4-3 Exploring the Quality First Points Scale: Ten Frequently Asked Questions

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.

EL4-4 (Un)covering Bias and Pushing Boundaries in Children's Literature

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.

EL5-3 Emergent Curriculum in Practice: Stories and Inspirations from an Arizona Preschool

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.

EL5-5 Child Maltreatment: Every Moment is an Opportunity to Repair

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.

LT2-1 Lessons from Communities in Action

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.

LT5-2 Early Literacy Matters: What’s Working and What’s Next From Read On Arizona

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.

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SF1-1 The Faith Opportunity Zone: a Place Where Our Children Can Find Life

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.

SF2-2 Family Support Collaborations

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.

SF3-3 Filling the Gap Between 100% Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and Real Self-Sufficiency

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.

SF4-1 Communicate to the MAX! Strategies for Parents and Professionals to Promote Language

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.

SF5-1 First Things First Child Welfare Policies

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.

SF5-3 Coaching for Parent-Child Interaction

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.

TC4-1 Engaging Families through Home Visitation by Supporting Native Language and Culture

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.

TC5-1 Three Governments Working Together to Provide More Preschool Services to Tribal Children

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.