2017 Presentations

Below is a listing of the featured and breakout session presentations from the 2017 Summit.

Featured Speaker

Dr. Junlei Li

HD101 - Knots and Knuckles: Fine Motor Development

Knots and Knuckles is a play-based workshop for adults who support the development of fine motor skills, which support self help skills and future writing for young children.

Sola Zaccheus, University of the District of Columbia

HD102 - Preventing Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood Settings with the Pyramid Model

The Pyramid Model has a 15-year history of implementation and research as a promising approach for improving behaviors in young children. Learn how to get started.

Rob Corso, The Pyramid Model Consortium; Jean Ajamie, Northern Arizona University

HD103 - Fruit and Vegetable Jeopardy, Sponsored by The Arizona WIC Program

Nutrition is important in the prevention of many diseases, especially in the early years. This session will provide an overview of options for families to include in a healthy lifestyle and how WIC can help!

Brittany Klein & Anne Whitmire, Arizona WIC Program

HD104 - Building Healthy Communities for Early Childhood Success

Where you live is proving to be more important to your health than your genes, and factors that surround us daily have a big effect on the health of young children.

CJ Hager, Vitalyst Health Foundation; Cynthia Melde, Pinnacle Prevention; Jason Gillette, Arizona Department of Health Services

HD105 - Autism and At-Risk: Communicating Through Challenging Behaviors

This session will provide administrators, early educators and parents with practical strategies, examples and practice turning common challenging behaviors, presented by young children with autism/at-risk, into successful communication.

Amy Maschue

HD106 - Enhancing the FTF Oral Health Strategy’s Program Components and Data Requirements

Learn the key findings from research conducted on the best-practice approaches and data collection recommendations for the FTF Oral Health Strategy - a strategy that will enhance the oral health status of young children and pregnant women.

Isabel Creasman & Kavita Bernstein, First Things First

HD107 - Will I Ever See You Again? Attachment Challenges for Foster Children

Review the research and theories of attachment as they apply specifically to the experiences of foster children. Consider suggestions to improve the child's chance for meaningful relationships in the future.

Elizabeth Jacobs, Glendale Community College

HD108 - Building Community Support for Breastfeeding

The first step to making breastfeeding a priority in Arizona is to better understand the issues affecting new mothers and to identify access and barriers to support.

Jennie Bever Babendure, Arizona State University; Kimberly Moore-Salas, Arizona Breastfeeding Center

HD109 - Early Identification and Appropriate Referral for Pediatric Feeding Disorders

This session will educate the audience on pediatric feeding disorders and how to use the Infant and Child Feeding Questionnaire© and its research. Participants will be given the tools to make appropriate referrals.

Jaclyn Goris & Chris Linn, Feeding Matters

HD110 - Developmental Screening Programs in Arizona: What Works?

We will review best practices learned from a variety of programs implemented across Arizona to improve developmental screening rates by targeting parents, early childhood care providers, physicians and communities.

Catherine Riley, University of Arizona

HD111 - Healthy Kids and Early Learning Success: Moving Preventive Screening Policies to Practice

Preventive screenings are health determinants of early learning success. Participants will recognize how screening impacts learning, and will determine how to enhance screening in their program to change results for children.

Karen Woodhouse, Eyes On Learning; Kavita Bernstein, First Things First; Roy Pringle, Vitalyst Health Foundation; Melissa Selbst, The EAR Foundation of Arizona

HD112 - Learn the Signs. Act Early: Understanding Developmental Milestones, Autism and Quick Tips for Talking with Parents

Developmental monitoring using Learn the Signs. Act Early" materials can complement developmental screening and educational programming provided by home visitation providers and early childhood educators.

Kyle Lininger, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Megan Wills, Easter Seals Blake Foundation

HD113 - Empower Program: Evaluating Implementation of Best Practices for Obesity Prevention in Arizona Child Care Centers

Progress, challenges, and lessons learned from evaluating implementation of best practices for reducing childhood obesity through the Empower program in Arizona child care centers.

Joan Agostinelli, Amanda White & Bonnie Williams, Arizona Department Health Services

HD114 - Integrated Two-Generation Behavioral Health in Primary Care Pediatrics: Bringing Services to Scale

This presentation will review the state of the science regarding early childhood brain development and the critical importance of two- (and three- and four-!) generation interventions via the HealthySteps platform.

Rahil Briggs, Healthy Steps Program

HD115 - Integrated Two-Generation Behavioral Health in Primary Care Pediatrics: Bringing Services to Scale

This presentation will review the state of the science regarding early childhood brain development and the critical importance of two- (and three- and four-!) generation interventions via the HealthySteps platform.

Rahil Briggs, Healthy Steps Program

CA201 - Early Childhood, Every Day: Get the Word Out

You understand how important the early years are! In this session, you'll learn how to share that message with others and inspire them to take action on behalf of Arizona’s youngest children.

Lisette DeMars & Scott Keyes, First Things First

CA202 - Using Social Media to Engage Your Community and Expand Your Reach

Learn how to utilize social media marketing to communicate effectively with local families and partners, influence policy makers and build awareness on the importance of early childhood.

Nicole Ward & Max Fose, Integrated Web Strategy

CA203 - Engaging Millennial Parents Online

Learn about key findings from research on the information needs of today's parents and FTF's efforts to support them with useful, credible and engaging digital content.

Dan Puglisi, First Things First

CA204 - Moving Awareness to Action: Awareness Building that Works in Arizona

A panel of Champions for Young Children from diverse backgrounds and communities across Arizona will share ideas and tools that they use to share the message about the importance of the early years.

Victoria Bray & Susana Ibarra-Johnson, First Things First

CA205 - Community Town Halls Promote Public Engagement with Early Childhood Education

Attendees will participate in a Community Town Hall discussion and learn how structured, facilitated discussions can raise public awareness of, and engagement with, issues affecting early childhood education.

Tara Jackson & Mary Grier, Arizona Town Hall

SB301 - New AZ Toolkit: Save Time, Increase Quality, Reduce Costs and Share Knowledge

Learn about the AZ Toolkit, a new web-based resource to improve your early childhood program’s quality by saving time and costs (typically 20 - 50%) by joining an existing nationwide pool of purchasers. More time, more money, more quality.

Sandy Foreman & Linda Pauley, Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children

SB302 - The Journey to Evidence-Based: Practical Tips and Tools

This session will provide information about the process of achieving an evidence-based designation for community programs. You'll learn about resources to begin the process of becoming evidence-based.

Michelle Taylor, Megan Pratt, Larissa Gaias & Diana Gal, Arizona State University

SB303 - Tempe Free PRE: Paying for Outcomes

Learn how Tempe dove deeply into local data to assess the need for high-quality preschool; the highs and lows of a feasibility study and how research based outcomes impact funding.

Marie Raymond & Ann Lynn DiDomenico, City of Tempe

SB304 - How Systems Learn: Using Systems Thinking Tools for Effective Early Childhood Leadership

Social systems are complex and dynamic. Understanding how systems learn can help you overcome the challenges of successfully engaging people with diverse perspectives to create a common vision and shared goals.

Ida Rose Florez, Early Childhood System Solutions

SB305 - Kindergarten Developmental Inventory, K-3 Formative Assessment: How Did We Get Here?

In 2013, the Arizona Department of Education joined a multi-state consortium led by North Carolina to develop and implement a Kindergarten Developmental Inventory (KDI) that will be available in Arizona for all kindergarten classrooms in the 2017-18 school year. This session will offer a presentation and discussion on the Kindergarten Developmental Inventory, including a history of the work, update to the resources, and KDI field test teacher perspectives.

Lauren Zbyszinski, Arizona Department of Education

SB306 - First Things First Program and Policy Strategic Direction

This presentation will provide an overview of the FTF statewide program and policy strategic plan resulting from the recommendations of the Early Childhood Task Force.

Michelle Katona & Roopa Iyer, First Things First

SB307 - Needle-Moving Collective Impact: Driving Results in Early Literacy and Health

Learn how you can use results-based leadership strategies and other innovative, evidence-based approaches to literacy and health to increase program impact and accelerate population results.

Terri Clark, Read On Arizona; Kendra Smiley, Southwest Human Development; Raquel Gutierrez, Vitalyst Health Foundation; Nicol Russell, Arizona Department of Education

SB308 - Maricopa County Cradle to Crayons: Implementation and Evaluation

Maricopa County is the largest county in the nation to implement Safe Babies Court Teams. This presentation will focus on adaptation of the 12 core components, and results of a six-year longitudinal evaluation utilizing a comparison group design.

Nicole Roskens & Sheila Tickle, Maricopa County Superior Court; Dr. Judy Krysik, Arizona State University School of Social Work

SB309 - Strengthening College and Career Pathways Using Arizona’s Early Childhood Workforce Knowledge and Competencies

Explore how Arizona colleges are creating well-designed, early childhood pathways to college and careers through program development that clearly aligns with the Arizona Workforce Knowledge and Competencies framework.

Shanna Kukla, Pima Community College; Allison Landy, Northland Pioneer College

SB310 - Multi-Regional Court Teams: A Collaborative Approach

Judicial Leadership and staff will share their experience in building cross-regional Court Teams and share the history of the La Paz/Mohave Court Team and Colorado River Indian Tribes Court Team.

Vijette Saari & Ashley Pascual, First Things First; Kim Chappelear, Mohave County Superior Court

SB311 - Kindergarten Developmental Inventory, K-3 Formative Assessment: What Does It Look Like?

The Kindergarten Developmental Inventory (KDI) is an assessment that kindergarten teachers will use to obtain an in-depth understanding of the developmental strengths and needs of every child. This session will offer technical assistance on the platform for the KDI/K-3 Formative Assessment tool. Participants will engage in a demonstration by the vendor, along with a question and answer segment.

Lauren Zbyszinski, Arizona Department of Education

SB312 - Roadmap to Success: Professional Development Planning

Learn how to select a professional development plan, connect professional development to goals and knowledge, and how professional development planning can support succession planning and career growth.

Mona Qafisheh, Brooke Loiland & Joy Leveen, First Things First

SB313 - Sparking the Connection Between Business and Early Childhood

This session will explore and highlight effective strategies to build and strengthen partnerships between early childhood education and local businesses.

Allison Titcomb, United Way of Tucson & Southern Arizona; Jaymie Jacobs, First Things First; Collette Brown, Freeport-McMoRan

SB314 - The Culture of Collective Impact

For collective impact to succeed, groups must be as rigorous about building culture as they are about building strategy. Let's discuss the rigor needed in both strategy and culture to do collective impact well.

Paul Schmitz, Leading Inside Out

SB315 - The Culture of Collective Impact

For collective impact to succeed, groups must be as rigorous about building culture as they are about building strategy. Let's discuss the rigor needed in both strategy and culture to do collective impact well.

Paul Schmitz, Leading Inside Out

EL401 - The Power of Play

Participants will learn about the impact that play has on a young child's development through hands-on activities and discussion, including how to spread the word on the importance of play.

Melanie Martin, Children's Museum of Phoenix

EL402 - Using Children's Literature to Promote Understanding of Differences

You will gain an understanding of how powerful quality children's books can increase tolerance and acceptance. You will leave with a list of children's books and ways they support understanding of variant cultures and familial structures.

Virginia Hernandez, Madison School District

EL403 - What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

Do you ever wonder, “What else can I do?” when it comes to challenging behaviors? This hands-on session will discuss child brain development, developing self-awareness, and strategies to support adult self-regulation.

Tessa Brock, Child Parent Centers

EL404 - Brain Development, Dual Language and Critical Thinking for Children, Teachers and Parents

Alert your brain and improve children's cognition with live and video evidence-based physical brain games. Use dual language children's literature to expand vocabulary, improve comprehension and critical thinking, and embrace multiple perspectives.

Enrique Feldman, Global Learning Foundation

EL405 - A Healthy Sensory Diet for All Children in Your Classroom

Using videos, hands-on sensory exploration and handouts, teachers will learn the importance of: sensory experiences for brain development, embedding sensory activities in the curriculum and making adaptations/modifications for individual needs.

Sandi Walters, WestEd; Hannah Mrvichin

EL406 - Valuing Differences: Culturally Sustaining Early Learning Environments

Children as young as toddlers begin to develop perceptions about race, ethnicity and culture – their own and that of others. These perceptions – positive and negative – can affect the way the child develops their identity and the relationships they form with others. Early childhood environments offer opportunities to incorporate a diverse array of languages and cultures in ways that help children accept and affirm their own identity, value differences in others and challenge inequity. Come learn how to incorporate culturally sustaining practices in to the natural ways that children learn – through imaginative play and interaction with each other.

Margarita Jimenez-Silva, Arizona State University; Lauren Davis, King Early Learning Center

EL407 - Developing a Growth Mindset in Early Learners

As we are developing 21st century learners in the early years, it is essential that we begin the dynamic process of providing specific, process driven feedback that supports children in building a growth mindset.

Emily Stewart, California Preschool Instructional Network

EL408 - Quality First: A System of Supports

This session will offer participants the opportunity to learn about the Quality First initiative and its many components that support early care and education programs across the state.

Leslie Totten, First Things First

EL409 - Challenging Young Children Mathematically: Capitalizing on Their Interests and Informal Knowledge

The focus of this session will be strategies for engaging children in activities that identify their depths of understanding of big math ideas, designing those, and analyzing talents from student productions, actions and conversations.

Carole Greenes, The PRIME Center at Arizona State University

EL410 - Using Dramatic Inquiry to Increase Preschoolers Engagement and Social Interactions

We will share one preschool teacher’s use of dramatic practices during circle time on children’s’ engagement and social interactions. Children’s behavior and tools for examining practices will be shared.

Wendy Oakes, Kathleen Farrand & Megan Troxel, Arizona State University; Veronica Leon, Laveen Elementary School

EL411 - Nature Play: Intentional Design for Whole Child Development

Let’s get outside! This interactive workshop will explore nature based play, appropriate risk taking and why these things are important to a child's cognitive, social and emotional health.

Kyla Curnutte, Desert Botanical Garden; Andrea Williams, Washington Elementary School District

EL412 - Quality First Redesign and Pilot Study

A presentation of the proposed Quality First redesign and pilot study for fiscal year 2018 from First Things First staff.

Leslie Totten, First Things First

EL413 - Building Pre-Literacy Skills Through Music, Drama and Movement

In this interactive session, participants will receive hands-on knowledge in the use of songs, movement, games and manipulatives that build fine and gross-motor skills through the use of beat and rhythm.

Cynthia Elek, Scottsdale Arts

EL414 - Utilizing Observation in the Learning Environment: Taking a New Perspective

Utilize observation as a tool to understand, assess, and support the development of children. Gather objective and pertinent information that will result in improved outcomes for children in your care.

Tiffany Liddell & Megan Trezise, Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies

EL415 - Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Pre-K

Research indicates executive function skills are more important than academic skills, such as early math or reading skills, when it comes to preparing children for kindergarten and beyond. Come lean how to incorporate them into your daily schedule.

Rudy Ortiz, First Things First

EL416 - Phase One of Quality First Implementation and Validation Study: Overview of Findings

In this session First Things First will share key findings from Phase One of the Quality First Validation and Implementation Study including: the purpose, key research questions, study design, data findings and next steps.

Roopa Iyer, First Things First

EL417 - Fearlessly Curious: Discovering Our Inner Scientist

Learn how to create learning opportunities and foster a classroom climate that allows children to use failure in the scientific process as a stepping stone to true discovery.

Corey Planer & Leslie Ferre, St. Andrew's Preschool & Kindergarten

EL418 - Leadership: Developing Independent Learners

This presentation will demonstrate practical and effective strategies to establish independent learners, develop appropriate individual goals to meet assessment needs, and monitor data to ensure achievable outcomes for individual students.

Stacy Rucker & Jena Akard, Grand Canyon University

EL419 - Easy as 1-2-3: Developing Early Numeracy Skills to Parallel Early Literacy

Want to build a foundation for math success? This hands-on session includes opportunities to explore strategies that build early numeracy while creatively examining how numeracy development parallels that of literacy.

Kim Rimbey, KP Mathematics; Tim Valencia, City of Phoenix

EL420 - Cooking Up Calmness: Recipes for Soothing Little Tempers

In this hands-on session, participants will learn a variety of recipes for homemade materials that can aid in soothing children when tempers rise. Strategies for promoting executive functions and supporting self-regulation will also be discussed.

Connie Espinoza, Child & Family Resources

EL421 - Learning Communities that Cultivate Kindness

Research in human development clearly shows that the seeds of empathy and compassion are present from early in life – they just need a little nurturing. We hope this presentation will inspire you to place kindness at the top of your curriculum.

Mary Ann Biermeier, Pinnacle Presbyterian Preschool; Diana Brown, Mindful Discipline

EL422 - Simple Interactions to Seed and Grow a Community of Practice in Early Childhood Education

How can we support the learning and growth of a professional community in early childhood education? Real and lasting change can start with finding what ordinary people do extraordinarily well with children in simple, everyday moments.

Junlei Li, Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College

EL423 - Simple Interactions to Seed and Grow a Community of Practice in Early Childhood Education

How can we support the learning and growth of a professional community in early childhood education? Real and lasting change can start with finding what ordinary people do extraordinarily well with children in simple, everyday moments.

Junlei Li, Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College

LT501 - Teaching Executive Functions Through Storybook Reading: Best Books and Interactive Reading Strategies

This engaging session discusses cognitive processes known as executive function (EF) and explores how highly interactive storybook reading time can help to develop and strengthen EF and build literacy skills.

Billie Enz, New Direction Institute

LT502 - Early Literacy and Chronic Absenteeism: Engaging Parents on Solutions That Work

Frequent absences are devastating for a child’s literacy success. Learn how to nurture a habit of regular attendance and address hurdles that keep children from getting to school every day.

Terri Clark, Read On Arizona; Cecelia Leong, Attendance Works; Leah Eckley, Southwest Human Development; Dr. Betsy Hargrove, Avondale Elementary School District; Nicol Russell, Arizona Department of Education

LT503 - Fostering a Culture of Literacy: The Make Way for Books Approach

Through intentional literacy practices, participants will gain knowledge to foster literacy and language rich environments in diverse early care and education settings.

Cynnamon Woodberry & Gloria Osborne, Make Way for Books

LT504 - Early Literacy: Utilize Picture Books and Storytelling to Engage the Whole Child

Immerse young readers in picture books and tap into the whole child. Learn instructional strategies to engage them with storytelling to increase their early literacy skills and to meet standards.

Marjaneh Gilpatrick & Jena Akard, Grand Canyon University

LT505 - Smart Talk: Early Language Development That Leads to Literacy Success

Learn about Smart Talk and other resources designed to reach parents and caregivers of young children (0-3) around the state, introducing them to the importance of quality, back-and-forth conversations.

Terri Clark, Read On Arizona; Nicol Russell, Arizona Department of Education; Amy Corriveau, City of Phoenix; Nadine Alfonso, Southwest Human Development

OD601 - The Leading Learning Project: A Community of Practice 

The presentation will provide an overview of the Leading Learning Project, a community of practice that includes educators from the First Things First Phoenix North Region. Key themes that have emerged from the project will be identified.

Juana Reyes, Leading Learning Project Consultant; Karen Haigh, Columbia College Chicago

OD602 - Powerful Presentation

Participants will learn the unique attributes of adult learning in order to create an effective, memorable and impactful presentation.

Juliana Olivarez & Michelle Gallagher, Child Parent Centers

OD603 - Boosting Morale on a Minimal Budget

In this session, participants will learn the importance of keeping employee morale up in a cost-effective way. Bring your ideas to share with others in this interactive session!

Melanie Martin & Beth Jenkins, Children's Museum of Phoenix

OD604 - Self Care for Changemakers: Creating Pathways for Health, Wellness and Sustainability in Service

Service-oriented professionals often neglect self-care and self-compassion. Stress, self-neglect and overwork can lead to anxiety, burnout and illness. Learn tools for wellness, calm and sustainability in your changemaking work.

Kelly Lubeck, First Things First

OD605 - Self Care for Your Soul: Identify Your Work Style and Steps to Achieve Happiness

Self-care is taking the time to reflect. This session provides insight and self-reflection for increased well being. Learn your work style personality and action steps for creation of happiness.

Shari Sterling, Yavapai County Education Service Agency

OD606 - Kind Leadership: A Better Model for Collaboration and Connectedness

This interactive workshop focuses on the powerful skill set of intentional kindness and its ability to help create a positive work environment through thoughtful dialogue, critical thinking and interpersonal growth.

Laura Gronewold, Ben's Bells Project

OD607 - Collective Leadership: Activating the Gifts of You and Your Team

Learn how you and your team can apply collective leadership to find solutions and reach your shared goals. What if the solutions to the biggest challenges facing you were living inside your team? Find out how to unlock those solutions.

Monica Brinkerhoff, Child Parent Centers; Cassandra O'Neill, Leadership Alchemy

SF701 - Implementing Effective Family Literacy Events

Research demonstrates when families are engaged, children benefit. Participants will learn strategies that elevate events from parents showing up to initiatives that build capacity of families to engage in children’s learning.

Jenni Brasington, Scholastic

SF702 - Texting with Families: Strengthening Your Connection

Improve outreach and discuss considerations to ensure text messaging is successful in your program: why to go mobile, how to get started, and policies and procedures to put in place.

Christy Stanton & Amy Pirretti, ZERO TO THREE

SF703 - Say What? Helping Kids Communicate About Emotions

In-depth overview of Social and Emotional Competence of Children, one of five Strengthening Families™ protective factors, that is critical for development of healthy self-esteem, confidence, empathy and learning skills.

Heather Rennells Alfrey, Southwest Human Development; Sandi Cimino, The Well-Made Bed

SF704 - Bouncing Back: Parental Resilience Builds Strong Families

Healthy kids need strong families. It's critical that parents have tools to keep families strong. Parental Resilience - a Protective Factor - is one such tool. It’s not about giving you more work, it’s about doing your work better.

Julie Carlberg, Maggie's Place; Sara Martinez, Childhelp Community Center

SF705 - Infant Mental Health: Supporting Young Children in Foster Care

This presentation will explore attachment, the importance of caregiving relationships, the impact of trauma, experiences of children in foster care, community resources and relationship-based strategies to support children and caregivers.

Molly Strothkamp, Southwest Human Development

SF706 - Calling All Dads of Children with Special Needs

We will explore developmental and socialization factors that impact parenting styles and suggest how to assist fathers to raise their special children through stress, guilt, anger, pride, fun and joy.

Neil Tift, Native American Fatherhood & Families Association

SF707 - Faith in Action: AZ Resources for Faith-Based Communities Working with Families

A diverse panel of organizations which partner with faith-based communities to help build strong families will share resources, updates on current projects and ideas for others working with families within a faith-based context.

Terrilyn Miller, Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family; Katie O'Dell, Arizona 1.27; Jenica McMaster, CarePortal Maricopa County

SF708 - Introduction to the Strengthening Families Protective Factors

The Strengthening Families™ protective factors framework puts first things first by focusing on building on the strengths of families, providing tools and resources, while working to reduce the long-term impact of toxic and traumatic stress.

Lindsey Wicks, Pinal County Public Health; Jannelle Rodaccia, Lutheran Social Services of Southwest

SF709 - Working with People in Poverty: Ideas and Tools from The MAMA Project

Increase your understanding and effectiveness when working with low-income families, get new useful insights into the experience of poverty, and learn of a program and tools that incorporate these ideas.

Maria Luisa Ruiz Luna, Pima County Health Department; Bonnie Bazata, Pima County

SF710 - Evidence-Based Models for Optimal Outcomes: Parenting Education and Home Visitation Programs

Learn about key findings from research conducted on evidence-based home visitation and parenting education programs and data collection recommendations that inform optimal outcomes for children and families.

Lisa Colling, Sonja Radovanovic & Christine Waldbeiser, First Things First

SF711 - The Quality Caregiving Initiative: Improving Caregiver Support for Children in Foster, Kinship and Adoptive Placements

This talk will discuss trauma and toxic stress among children in foster care and ways to help support sensitive caregiver response through evidence-based programs, practice and trainings.

Shana Malone, AHCCCS

SF712 - Why Do They Act That Way? Understanding Children's Temperament

This workshop will present information to help staff assess the temperament of children, to understand why children react to situations differently and suggest discipline styles to address children's distinct temperament.

Neil Tift, Native American Fatherhood & Families Association

SF713 - Understand, Support and Engage: Through the Lens of Kinship Families

This workshop will educate participants to the experiences and culture of relative and kinship care and application of practice in their daily work.

Oralia Gracia Alinea; Carol Lopinski, Carol Lopinski & Associates

SF714 - Impact of Early Childhood Trauma on Children's Psychosocial Functioning

This presentation will discuss the intersection of neurobiology and early childhood attachment and provide strategies to support children and families who have experienced relational trauma.

Bianca Harper, University of Southern California

SF715 - Connect the Dots: Why Social Connection are Critical

Parenting is relentless. It's critical that parents have tools to keep families strong. Social Connections - a Protective Factor - is one such tool. It’s not about giving you more work, it’s about doing your work better.

Sandi Cimino, The Well-Made Bed; Julie Carlberg, Maggie's Place

SF716 - Building Resilient Families: A Community-Based Intervention Program

The session informs of a community-based intervention program that provides families assistance to aid in promoting safe parenting and positive behavioral change when continued DCS involvement is no longer necessary.

Kerri Rittschof, Department of Child Safety

SF717 - Reaching Out Lifts You Up: It’s Important to Ask for Help

This workshop provides an in-depth look at the 'Concrete Support In Times of Need' protective factor, one of five Strengthening Families protective factors.

Sara Martinez, Childhelp Community Center; Michelle Simmons, North Country HealthCare

SF718 - Behind Bootcamp: Experience Firsthand What Makes Kindergarten Bootcamp Impactful and Successful

Learn the secrets of Phoenix Public Library’s wildly successful Kindergarten Bootcamp program and why 99% of parents say it taught them to prepare their child for kindergarten.

Vicky Vela Thai & Anna White, Phoenix Public Library

SF719 - Recognizing the Unique Needs of Infants and Toddlers in Foster Care

Every six minutes an infant or toddler enters the Foster Care system. Their brains are developing at a phenomenal rate. They require customized responsiveness from the child welfare system, child care providers, and the caregivers who support them.

Darneshia Bell, ZERO TO THREE

TC801 - Using Tribal Housing Programs as a Resource and Utilizing Traditional Knowledge and Customs

A panel discussion designed to provide an opportunity for Summit participants to hear tribal housing staff and a tribal leader discuss the potential to use our housing programs as a resource.

Jamie Navenma, Hualapai Housing Department; Monica Antone, Gila River Indian Community; Linda Alvarez, Pascua Yaqui Tribe; Marlene Garcia, Ak-Chin Indian Community

TC802 - Growing Readers and Developing Leaders in the Gila River Indian Community

Growing Readers and Developing Leaders addresses book scarcity, habits of reading, and high-quality preschool education in the Gila River Indian Community.

Kim Jacobs, National Center for Families Learning; William Mehojah, First One Hundred Institute; Mike McGuffee, Unite for Literacy

TC803 - Fatherhood Is Sacred® and Motherhood Is Sacred®

This workshop outlines culturally sensitive ways to strengthen families and individuals by establishing the family unit as rewarding and critical. Our approach includes restoring hope, gratitude and understanding to parents.

Albert Pooley, Native American Fatherhood & Families Association

TC804 - Improving Early Childhood Education with STEAM Library Programs for Latinos and the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Communities

Participants will learn the findings of the importance and impact of STEAM library programs in early childhood education and ways to make best use of the electronic devices to grow readers in a world of screens and new technologies.

Maria Mucino & Amy Vaterlaus, Maricopa County Library District

TC805 - Family Spirit Nurture: Adapting an Evidence-Based Home Visiting Program to Address Obesity Risks Among American Indian Families

This session will describe the development and evaluation of the Family Spirit Nurture curriculum, which is a new component of the Family Spirit Program. Family Spirit Nurture addresses early childhood obesity risks among American Indian families.

Kendrea Jackson & Nicole Neault, Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health

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