2016 Presentations

Below is a listing of the featured and breakout session presentations from the 2016 Summit.

Featured Speaker

Dr. Michael F. Kelley

Dual Language Learning: Benefits for All Our Children

Breakout Sessions By Track:

HD102 - I See! The Clear Connection Between Children’s Vision Health and Early Learning

Karen Woodhouse, Eyes On Learning

Healthy vision is vital to early learning success. Participants will recognize impacts of vision problems in young children, determine system supports needed and propose solutions to improve children’s vision health.

HD103 - Trauma and Young Children: Supporting Children and Families Through Relationship-Based Work

Molly Strothkamp, Southwest Human Development

This session will focus on symptoms of trauma in young children and strategies to support children and families following trauma including young children in the foster care system. Community resources will be identified and discussed.

HD108 - Asperger Syndrome: Connecting Differently Within Society

Nancy Getty, A.S.P.I.E.S. Asperger Syndrome Proficient Information Education Services

Autism has left families and caregivers of these children floundering to assist their children who connect differently within society. Early childhood strategies to assist autistic children is of utmost importance as they enter formal education.

HD110 - Early Diagnosis, Intervention and Medical Home Care for Children with Autism

Robin Blitz, Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital

EAC-AZ program's goals include decreasing age of diagnosis, increasing access to early intervention and increasing access to medical home care for children with ASD.

HD113 - Say What?! Meeting the Needs of Young Children With Hearing Loss

Jacqueline Busen, Arizona State University; Carla Zimmerman, Zimmerman Speech & Hearing Center; Vijette Saari, First Things First

The best practices of identifying and serving children with hearing loss will be discussed. A mother’s unique experience navigating the healthcare system will be shared.

CA203 - Engaging Millennial Parents Online: Research, Insights and Implications

Dan Puglisi & Bethany Cone, First Things First

Learn about key findings from extensive research conducted by First Things First into the information needs and habits of today’s generation of digitally-connected parents.

CA204 - Unless Someone Like You Cares a Whole Awful Lot: Building Community Support and Taking Action for Education

Erin Eccleston, Expect More Arizona; Geoff Esposito, Expect More Arizona

Every child deserves a world-class education, from birth up to college and career. Learn strategies to engage communities in support of early education ongoing and at key points of the public policy process.

CA206 - Early Childhood, Every Day: Get the Word Out

Tammi Watson & Erin Taylor, First Things First

You understand how important the early years are; now, learn how to share that message with others and inspire them to take action on behalf of Arizona’s youngest children

CA207 - How YOU Can Impact State Policy Regarding Early Childhood

Kelley Murphy, Children's Action Alliance

Early childhood professionals will learn how individuals and organizations can impact state policy on early childhood, including legislation. Participants will receive tools that can help them ensure their voice is heard by policymakers at all levels.

SB401 - The Power of E-Learning to Build the Capacity of Multidisciplinary Professionals to Strengthen Families and Promote Child Well-Being

Jodi Whiteman & Christina Nigrelli, ZERO TO THREE

Come and discuss innovative strategies, such as eLearning, for building the capacity of multidisciplinary early childhood professionals to strengthen families and promote child well-being.

SB403 - Meeting to Make a Difference: Key Components of an Effective Coalition

Debbie Curley; Francisco Padilla, First Things First; Yara M. Castro, B.S., Mariposa Community Health Center; Clair Danielson, Child Parent Centers - Head Start

The Birth to Five Partners coalition empowers agency representatives to serve as community liaisons for families. Learn tools to improve the success of any coalition.

SB405 - This is How We Do It: Developing, Aligning and Operationalizing Policies and Procedures

Mona Qafisheh, Brooke Loiland & Christine Waldbeiser, First Things First

How to create policies and procedures documents, including learning about their importance, how to align them with FTF standards of practice, and how to put them into operation.

SB410 - Using Data to Drive Early Literacy: An Interactive Online Workshop With MapLIT

Terri Clark, Read On Arizona; Anubhav Bagley, Maricopa Association of Governments; Robert Vagi, Arizona State University Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College; Vern Wolfley, Maricopa Association of Governments

Bring your laptop or tablet to learn how to use MapLIT, a user-friendly statewide online mapping tool. Use diverse data to drive your community’s early literacy goals. And discover key research findings on the factors that impact early literacy.

SB411- The Impact of Infant/Toddler Court Teams on Re-entry

Judy Krysik, ASU School of Social Work and Center for Child Well-Being; Lois Sayrs, ASU Center for Child Well-Being

This oral presentation provides preliminary results of the impact of an infant/toddler court team intervention in Maricopa County, Arizona on re-entry for 4,681 infants and toddlers.

SB413 - The Journey to Evidence-Based: Lessons Learned From University-Community Partnerships

Lauren van Huisstede, Diana Gal, Michelle Taylor & Megan Pratt, Arizona State University

This session will provide information about the process of achieving an “evidence-based” designation for community programs, and learn about resources to begin the process of becoming evidence-based.

SB414 - Racial Equity: Let’s Talk About It

Candida Hunter, First Things First

This session builds awareness of the importance of addressing racial equity in the early childhood system and increases participant’s knowledge of what racial inequity looks and feels like for Arizona’s youngest children.

SB417 - The AZ Department of Child Safety and First Things First: Working Together for Arizona Children

Cindi Alva, First Things First; Deborah Nishikida, AZ Dept. of Child Safety

What happens when DCS and FTF work together to strengthen partnerships in local communities? Join us for an informative session with ideas to expand partnerships and improve outcomes for Arizona’s most vulnerable children and families.

EL501 - Quality First: A System of Supports

Leslie Totten, First Things First

An overview of the Quality First system and the supports available to Quality First participants. This session will also include an opportunity for open dialogue with panel members.

EL505 - iPad, TV, Social Media: How Technology Can Differentially Affect Young At-Risk and Autistic Children

Amy Maschue, Words to Grow On LLC

Technology is an everyday tool for young at-risk and autistic children that, depending on how it’s used, can facilitate or detract from critical relationship building and development of foundational communication skills.

EL509 - Characteristics of High-Quality Early Learning Programs: Unpacking the 10 NAEYC Standards

Susan Hedges, NAEYC

This session will provide an overview of NAEYC’s 10 standards and research-driven criteria that comprehensively define early learning program quality. Participants will share relevant quality practices, including innovative new practices.

EL513 - Instructional Coaching: What's in Your Tool Belt?

Meghan Storms, Valley of the Sun United Way; Lisa Sutherland, First Things First

This session will identify and describe four specific evidence-informed coaching strategies that can be used by any administrator, coach, mentor or lead teacher in building the capacity of early childhood teachers in the classroom.

EL514 - Deep Learning: Where Curiosity Leads

Mary Ann Biermeier, Pinnacle Presbyterian Preschool

When students are able to spend more time thinking about ideas - when they are invited to help direct their own learning - they are not only more likely to enjoy what they’re learning, they are learning deeply. Deep learning is where curiosity leads.

EL515 - All the Little Centers on J-Bird Street Love to Write and Tweet, Tweet, Tweet!

Pamela Morris, East Valley JCC

Learn how to market your center through the use of free technology and outreach programming, with very little money but with big results.

EL516 - Using the Points Scale Guidance Document for Quality First Points Scale Success!

Courtney King, First Things First

Come and learn how to use the Quality First Points Scale Guidance Document to successfully prepare all of the needed components for your Points Scale Assessment.

LT301 - Knuckles and Knots: Fine Motor Development

Sola Zaccheus, University of the District of Columbia

Name writing has become an end of year expectation for many early childhood children. Fine motor development needs to be taken into account, due to poor development of handwriting and lack of fine motor strength of the hand.

LT302 - Integrating Drama Into Pre-Literacy Practice for Language Learners

Korbi Adams, Childsplay, Michael Kelley; Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Karen Ortiz; Helios Education Foundation

Engage your students through drama-integrated storytimes! Participants will experience a drama-infused literacy lesson, unpack and practice key facilitation strategies, and learn about impact of these strategies on dual language learners.

LT303 - Building Blocks to Becoming a Reader: What We Know Works and Language Nutrition

Terri Clark, Read On Arizona; Nicol Russell & Sarah Galetti, Arizona Department of Education

A reader’s journey starts from birth, and strong components and critical milestones guide the development of a healthy reader. Language nutrition plays a key role in developing a successful reader early with community collaboration.

LT304 - Identifying High-Stakes Decisions for Early Literacy Success and Overcoming Common Pitfalls

Kelly Kulsrud, Lectio

An interactive discussion highlighting lessons learned around early literacy in Massachusetts across communities, critical decisions for increased impact and pitfalls to avoid.

LT305 - Storytime with Sign: How to Use Sign Language to Enrich Storytimes and Enhance Pre-Literacy Skills Development

Elizabeth Barrett, Phoenix Public Library; Marilyn Feliciano, Phoenix Public Library, Cholla Branch

Participants will learn fun and easy ways to incorporate sign language in storytime, while also learning about the evidence-based research that shows how sign language supports healthy brain development and early literacy skills.

SF602 - Effective Parent Engagement: Building on Parents’ Strengths With Culturally Responsive Leadership Training

Sandra Gutierrez & Silvia Esqueda, Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors

In this interactive session, participants will be introduced to Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors program, an evidence-based parenting, leadership and advocacy training program for parents of children 0-5.

SF604 - Improving Home Visiting Services Through the PAT Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process

Angela Ward

Participants will become familiar with the three main steps of the Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process. They will learn about resources and tools available to help PAT affiliates successfully complete the process.

SF605 - Strengthening Families Through Social Connections and Cafe Conversations

Sandi Cimino; Christy Maltos, Child & Family Resources, Graham/Greenlee Counties

Participants will learn about Social Connections and how they reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. Participants will engage in a real-time Community Café, that can be utilized as a tool in their communities and organizations.

SF608 - Supporting Families and Children with Health Conditions or Disabilities through Effective Referrals

Rita Aitken, Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs/Arizona Department of Health Services

This interactive session highlights best practice in meeting the needs of children with disabilities/health conditions, provides statewide resources and hands-on practice in making effective referrals to those resources.

SF610 - Strengthening Families Through Parental Resilience

Christy Maltos Child & Family Resources, Graham/Greenlee Counties; Sandi Cimino

Participants will learn about two types of parental resilience and how building resilience reduces the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. Participants will learn and practice two tool to build parental resilience with their clients.

Nereido Rodriguez & Fernando Rodriguez, NuParent; Donna D'Hoostelaere, Parenting to the MAX

Learn research-supported elements of quality parenting education. Leave with a comprehensive outline to use at your center, including parent/child activities that support bonding and parent-only activities to improve retention and understanding.

SF612 - Literacy Primer for Parents and Caregivers: A Research Summary of Effective Practices

Billie Enz & Jill Stamm, New Directions Institute; DyAnn O'Brien, Arizona Children's Association

Helping parents and care providers become successful literacy models is a critical task. This session will summarize essential knowledge and skills they should have to help children become competent communicators, readers and writers.

TC701 - Pascua Yaqui Culture, STEM and Summertime: Collaborating for Social Emotional Wellness

Amy Lucero & Amanda Bahe, University of Arizona~Southwest Institute for Research on Women; Mildred Manuel, Pascua Yaqui Tribal Health Department~Ili Uusim Hiapsi

Pascua Yaqui children benefit from the successful collaboration of Sewa Uusim and Head Start. Learn about this summer program collaboration and measuring social emotional development outcomes in early childhood education.

TC704 - Reducing Parental Stress with Community-Based Evaluation and Cultural Education on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation

Amy Lucero & Monique Tsosie, University of Arizona~Southwest Institute for Research on Women; Stephanie Fregoso

Many Pascua Yaqui caregivers experience a great number of parental stressors. Learn ideas from the Ili Uusim Hiapsi program for reducing parental stress with community-based evaluation and cultural education.

TC706 - Balancing Fidelity and Fit in Implementing Culturally-Focused Interventions

Crystal Kee & Kendrea Begay, Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health; Amanda Leonard & Lisa Abramson, Inter-tribal Council of Michigan

This interactive breakout session will center on the need for and approaches to implementing culturally-focused interventions in the field of early childhood development, especially at a time of mounting support for culture as a protective factor.