2018 Tracks

Breakout sessions at the 2018 Early Childhood Summit are organized by subject matter track, to help you to plan your Summit itinerary based on your particular interests.

EL401 - We Can Do Better: Using Expulsion Prevention and Inclusive Practices to Support Young Children with Special Needs

Expulsion often leads to negative outcomes for preschool children, especially those with special needs. Learn how to prevent expulsion using supportive, inclusive practices for all children in caregiving settings.

Rose Phillips & Nadine Alfonso, Southwest Human Development

EL402 - Collaborative Teaching Though Sensory Play

This workshop will assist teachers and parents in developing a child’s language, cognitive, social-emotional and fine/gross motor skills through sensory integration based on the lesson and/or theme.

Karen Henderson, Kevin Reeves, Candi Running Bear & Jeannepie Vargas, Window Rock Unified School District

EL403 - Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Preschool

Research indicates that skills associated with executive function are more important than academic skills such as early math or reading skills when it comes to preparing children for kindergarten and beyond. Learn activities from Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child that you can use tomorrow!

Rudy J. Ortiz, First Things First

EL404 - Implement Nature Play...Today!

Nature play offers a wide variety of social, emotional and cognitive benefits for the young child. Learn about nature play's importance and easy ways to implement it in your preschool classroom.

Kyla Curnutte, Kyrene de la Estrella; Andrea Williams, Washington Elementary School District

EL405 - The Power of Play 2.0

Did you miss The Power of Play session last year or are you looking to learn even more about play? Don’t miss this interactive and playful session that will explore even more concepts about the importance of play!

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

EL406 - Asking Good Questions for Second Language Learners During Shared Book Reading

This session is for teachers in English-language or dual-language classrooms. Teachers will learn about (and use books to practice) crafting good questions for language learners at different levels of English (or Spanish) development.

Katie Bernstein, Arizona State University

EL407 - Transforming Discipline Practices in Early Care and Education: Exploring Equity Trends, Research, Practices and Policy

Learn how mental health consultation positively influences disciplinary practices – including expulsion reduction. Engage with a diverse panel to discuss practice, policy and implications for closing the racial discipline gap.

Eva Marie Shivers, Indigo Cultural Center; Leah Eckley & Katie Greisiger, Southwest Human Development

EL408 - Honeycomb Explorations: Collaborations in Constructivist Teaching and Learning

We have all heard that young children learn by “constructing” their own understanding of the world. Such learning involves exploration, questioning, discovery, reflection, transformation and creation. Through authentic explorations of beehives and honeycomb, participants will uncover the “constructivist” learning process.

Susan Stutler, Northern Arizona University, Yuma; Erica Hamel

EL409 - Boom and Zoom! Supporting Busy Preschool Boys

Experienced teachers will share classroom strategies aimed at meeting the needs, harnessing the energy and extending the learning of preschool boys.

Kenneth Sherman, HighScope Reasearch Foundation

EL410 - Musical Play: Utilizing Best Practices in Early Childhood Music and Movement in the Classroom

Learn about the importance of musical play and how it can aid child development. In addition to theoretical discussion, participants will play and learn how to encourage musical play.

Katherine Palmer, Musical Instrument Museum

EL411 - Quality Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness: Evaluating Tempe PRE and Quality First Programs

This session will provide an overview of Tempe PRE, a two-year pilot program launched by the Tempe City Council to increase access to high quality preschool at no cost for families living at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The session will discuss how this effort intersects with Quality First and a formative assessment called the Kindergarten Developmental Inventory. The session will also discuss preliminary findings from an evaluation study of these programs on preschool quality and kindergarten readiness.

Marie Raymond, City of Tempe; Sarah Johns & Roopa Iyer, First Things First

EL412 - Inclusive Preschool Programming: Benefits for All Children Participating in a “Quality” Model

This workshop will present information on an inclusive preschool (the SARRC Community School) that participates in the Quality First program. The presentation describes the community school model, the benefits of using this model for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and measurement methods used to identify measurable outcomes.

Rachel McIntosh, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center

EL413 The Riches of the Treasure Basket: Loose Parts for Infants and Toddlers

From the earliest ages, play sets the stage for learning. Come learn ways to enrich your infant and toddler environments with inexpensive, readily available and intriguing parts that will inspire imagination, promote curiosity and fuel creativity!

Andrea Ellingboe

EL414 - Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Understanding the Value and Enhancing the Quality of Friend, Family and Neighbor Care

This workshop will share the stories of grandparents and family child care providers. Through this lens we can understand the value of Friend, Family & Neighbor care and the impact supporting this type of child care has on the entire community.

Elizabeth Santiago, United Way of Pinal County

EL415 - Creating Inner Wealth: The Key to Keeping Difficult Children in the Classroom

As child behavior becomes a greater challenge, staff members need proven techniques that turn the difficult child into a self-confident, determined learner. Come learn how to change negative to positive with minimum effort and amazing success!

Donna D'Hoostelaere, Children's Success Foundation

EL416 - Improving Quality Through Accreditation

NAEYC and AZAEYC are committed to providing collaborative guidance to centers throughout the accreditation process. Join us to learn about the accreditation process and available resources.

Dawn Wilkinson & Camillle Lachar, Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children

EL417 - Classroom/Curriculum Readiness for Children with Challenging Behavior, Disabilities and Other Special Needs

Strategies will be discussed to help teachers succeed in including children with special needs, disabilities or challenging behavior in their classrooms. The session will look at the principles of Universal Design that support teachers in preparing their classroom, curriculum and materials to be accessible to all children. The session will also address Differentiated Learning, which allows individual children to get what they need to succeed academically and socially.

Sandi Walters, WestEd; Hannah Mrvichin, Deer Valley School District

EL418 - Creating Little Makers: Implementing the Maker Movement in Early Childhood

Join us in this session to learn how to implement maker activities with young children. We’ll explore traditional maker spaces, how they can be modified for little learners, and re-purposing items for use in activities.

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

EL419 - Getting Beyond Happy, Sad, and Mad: Building Emotional Literacy Through Storybook Reading

This session will focus on using storybooks to support social-emotional learning. Building children’s emotional vocabulary while reading can support development in the oral language and social-emotional domains, areas critical to school success.

Hillary Roselund & Ann Marie Marino, Jumpstart

EL420 - Introduction to the Revised Arizona Early Learning Standards

The Arizona Early Learning Standards provide a framework for planning of quality early learning experiences for all children ages 3 to 5. They cover a broad range of skill development and provide an instructional foundation for all children. This session provides an overview of recent standard revisions.

Lori Masseur, Arizona Department of Education

EL421 - Creating Language and Literacy Rich Environments for Family, Friend and Neighbor Care Providers

This workshop will offer tools on design and implementation of reading and writing corners in the provider's home to promote early literacy with the children in their care.

Claudia Ortiz-Vazquez & Anita Ruiz, Association for Supportive Child Care

HD101 - Girl Brain, Boy Brain

Learn to recognize, understand and respect distinctions between early female and male brain development and discover strategies to respond to gender differences.

Neil Tift, Native American Fatherhood & Families Association

HD102 - Medical Home Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs: Partnerships Between Insurance and Providers to Provide Best Care

This workshop will share information on an innovative, collaborative approach among insurers and health care providers to serve children with special health care needs and their families. Together, the partners are working to improve system navigation and the quality and experience of medical home care for children with special health care needs.

Robin Blitz, UnitedHealthcare; Jodi Carter, Phoenix Children's Care Network

HD103 - Infant Mental Health

This session will focus on supporting home visitors and early childhood professionals in developing increased understanding of the social and emotional development of young children and the importance of relationships.

Molly Strothkamp, Southwest Human Development

HD104 - Identifying Symptoms of Reactive Attachment Disorder in Your Students, Children and Clients

This presentation will highlight the statistics surrounding trauma, neglect and abuse and the staggering number of children with Reactive Attachment Disorder. The session will help you identify the behaviors and symptoms that children with this disorder display and learn about treatment options and educational interventions.

Heather Suggs

HD105 - Infant Suffocation: Preventing a Tragedy

Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDS) have increased in the last decade. In Arizona, 80 deaths occurred last year. Ninety percent of them were preventable. This session will discuss safe sleep strategies and related prevention efforts occurring locally and nationally.

Kathryn Bowen, Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

HD106 - Social-Emotional Development In Young Children: Why Ages Birth to 3 Are So Critical For School Readiness

This workshop will help participants understand normal child development with an emphasis on social and emotional development and other factors which may affect development. Participants will learn how to differentiate early care and education instruction to meet children at their individual developmental level.

Jordana Saletan, Easterseals Blake Foundation; Gilbert Romero-Mewharter, Southwest Human Development

HD107 - Obesity Prevention: Using Superhero Powers! Intentional Screen Time, Physical Activity and Nutrition

This session will help early care and education staff reflect on their practices using the Empower Standards Framework. Improve your teaching methods for physical activity, screen time and nutrition, helping children develop healthy habits.

Bonnie Williams, Arizona Department of Health Services

HD108 - Multiples Matter: Exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) In Early Childhood

Findings from a systematic review will be presented to help professionals understand the social, physical, behavioral and emotional developmental outcomes of early childhood exposure to multiple adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Kiley Liming & Whitney Grube, University of Kansas

HD109 - Inclusion in Early Care and Education for All Children

This informational workshop will help participants increase their understanding of how to include children with special health care needs or disabilities in an early care and education setting. Participants will explore the benefits of inclusion and common myths will be dispelled.

Kathy Levandowsky, ADHS - Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs; Bonnie Williams, ADHS - Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity; Sonia Samaniego, ADHS /OCSHCN

HD110 - Oral Health: Understanding How to Support Our Youngest Mouths

This course will introduce non-dental persons to current dental statistics, dental disease processes, disease prevention strategies and resources focusing on the early childhood years.

Elaine Sanchez & Aliandra Maes, Native American Professional Parent Resources

HD111 - Social Determinants of Health: How Health Literacy Affects Children's Health

A parent's ability to access, understand and apply health information influences a child's health and development. Participants will explore health literacy best practices including choosing culturally appropriate material, writing to increase knowledge and using teach-back to measure comprehension. Useful tools and resources will be shared, and the link between health literacy and the social determinants of health will be examined.

Diana Gonzalez, Institute for Healthcare Advancement

HD112 - Racial Trauma Is Real: Children Are Not Exempt

This workshop will address the effects of racial trauma on children by age group (infant/toddler, preschoolers and school-age children) and provide strategies for identifying and strengthening protective factors and resiliency.

Patricia Neff, Pilgrim Rest Foundation

HD113 - Stress and Challenging Behavior: What’s The Connection, What’s The Impact?

The presentation will explore the impact of stress on challenging behavior and highlight strength-based strategies to reduce stress in children and adults.

Steven Erwin, Kaplan Early Learning Company

LT301 - Guerrilla Storytime: Networking with Peers for Professional Learning

Guerrilla Storytime is a peer-to-peer skill sharing event that allows literacy colleagues from different fields to learn new skills, network with peers, and share their best early literacy practices. In this session, participants from the Storytime Underground social networking group will share the training they use to promote early literacy. Topics will include behavior management, building early literacy skills, transitions, finger play and songs, opening/closing songs, interactive books and more.

Stacie Wetzel, Starting Point at Pinnacle Point Academy; Jennifer Brown, Maricopa County Library District-Perry Branch; Stephanie Stoner, Mesa Public Library-Dobson Ranch; Pam Harrison, Rachelle Thoman & Stephanie Greene, Apache Junction Public Library; Lynette Christensen, Prescott Valley Public Library; Megan Jacobson, Maricopa County Library District

LT302 - Enhance Your Storytime: New Strategies for Dynamic Reading and Literacy Development!

Engage your children as active learners during storytime! Come play with us as we apply new strategies in vocalization, vocabulary development, kinesthetic learning and story comprehension to your favorite books.

Jenny Millinger & Korbi Adams, Childsplay

LT303 - Smart Talk: Let’s Talk with Babies: Language Nutrition

Providing children with abundant language nutrition, starting at birth, ensures a strong foundation for learning to take place. Participants will learn strategies and activities they can use to promote language nutrition.

Millie Archer & Sas Jakeo-Singer, Arizona Department of Education

LT304 - A Responsive Approach to Early Literacy Outcomes in Arizona

This session will share research on what works related to early literacy, focusing on information that is helpful to administrators. The session will also highlight available data related to early literacy, math and other indicators. Finally, the session will describe case studies and promising practices on how communities, schools and districts can improve literacy outcomes. Information on how to scale and replicate using Lectio/Implementation Science and how to address health factors such as vision screening to improve outcomes will also be shared.

Terri Clark, Read On Arizona; Nicol Russell, Arizona Department of Education; Karen Woodhouse, Eyes on Learning

LT305 - For the Love of Literacy: Books, Stories, Songs, Rhymes, Poems and Dramatic Play!

This highly engaging session demonstrates how interactive storybooks, songs, poetry, finger-plays and dramatic retells motivate and teach vocabulary and comprehension, early phonemic awareness, attention span, memory and emotional awareness.

Billie Enz, Arizona State University; Dawn Foley, Mesa Unified Public School

LT306 - We Can Catch Them Before They Fall

Help prepare children to receive reading instruction in kindergarten and beyond. Learn the importance of building strong phonemic representations in order to build strong phonological awareness skills.

Stacy Fretheim, Wellington-Alexander Center; Sandra Laine, Kyrene School District

LT307 - Smart Talk: Let’s Talk with Babies: Brain Development and Research

During the first three years, the brain undergoes its most dramatic development, forming more neural connections than at any other time. Participants will learn the newest finding on language development and neuroscience and glean ideas on how to share this information with other adults.

Lauren Zbyszinski, Elizabeth Hamilton & Kristy Rosen, Arizona Department of Education

LT308 - What Contributes Most to a Child’s Reading Success? Accelerate Success in Reading Through the Interactive Repeated Read-Aloud Process

Participants will explore strategies that optimize literacy development in oral language, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, fluency and comprehension through the “interactive repeated read-aloud process."

Bobbie Zemanek-White, Three Rivers Education Foundation

OD501 - Power to the Profession

Join us as we discuss the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Power to the Profession Initiative. This initiative is a national collaboration to define the early childhood profession by establishing a unifying framework for career pathways, knowledge, competencies, qualifications, standards and compensation. Participants will learn how to provide input into this national framework for early care and education.

Dawn Wilkinson, Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children; Kelly Ann Larkin, Southern Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children

OD502 - How to Hire Staff and Hold on to Them: Addressing Staff Retention Issues in Early Childhood

This session will look at how to hire, engage and retain staff. The session will cover how to hire staff that are a good fit for the program by asking questions that will uncover any misalignment with values, mission or vision. The session will also discuss ways to collect data about staff satisfaction and put it to use, improve staff satisfaction by giving staff a voice in decision making, and build leadership capacity among staff.

Elizabeth Giacalone, Association for Supportive Child Care

OD503 - Administrators and the Arizona Registry: A Partnership You Can Count On!

This session will focus on how site directors and administrators can utilize the new and improved www.azearlychildhood.org site and the Arizona Registry. We want to make your work life easier; the website and the Registry can do that.

Mark Becker, Arizona PBS; Becky Putzier-Johnson, First Things First

OD504 - Nurturing the Heart of Your Organization: Creating Healthy, Supportive Relationships in Your Staff

Working with children can be tough. Teachers and directors often feel stressed and under-appreciated. Come learn a simple new way to work together as a staff so that each member feels valued and respected!

Donna D'Hoostelaere, Children's Success Foundation

OD505 - Making It Through The Long Haul: Prevention of Compassion Fatigue

This session aims to assist caregivers in their support of individuals and families who are hurting. The session will examine some of the signs and symptoms of “compassion fatigue” and provide strategies for remaining optimistic about the work while taking care of yourself.

Kristina Campbell, Pinnacle Presbyterian Church

OD506 - Save Time and Money: Increase Quality through Shared Services

Participants will learn how AZToolkit and Shared Service Alliances together strengthen the financial stability of early childhood education programs and support improvement to maintain quality outcomes for children.

Dawn Wilkinson & Linda Pauley, Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children

OD507 - Trauma-Informed Care Starts at Home

The first step toward encouraging development of trauma-informed communities is to address the way we treat ourselves and how we treat one another. This workshop explores trauma informed self-care practices and nurturing the growth of empathetic and compassionate children.

Hilary Mahoney, Arizona Partnership for Children

OD508 - Self-Care for Changemakers: Creating Pathways for Health, Wellness and Sustainability in Service

Changemakers often neglect self-care and self-compassion as they serve others. Stress and overwork can lead to anxiety, burnout and illness. Learn tools to re-discover wellness, joy and sustainability in your changemaking work and life.

Kelly Lubeck, First Things First

OD509 - The Five Elements of a Successful Proposal

Writing a grant? Seeking support for policy change? Pitching a new program? Learn about the five common elements of successful public sector proposals.

Kim VanPelt, First Things First

PA601 - Taking Action: Engaging with Arizona Policymakers on Behalf of Young Children

Arizona’s elected leaders have a profound impact on the programs and services available for young children and their families. There are multiple opportunities and avenues for families, early childhood professionals, community leaders and champions to engage with policymakers and change the Arizona landscape for our youngest kids. Our session will start with a brief tutorial on the legislative process. Then, our distinguished panel will highlight upcoming opportunities to engage with elected leaders and ways in which you can lend your voice to those efforts!

Kelley Murphy, Children's Action Alliance; Max Fose, IWS; Mike Sistak, First Things First

PA602 - Building Coalitions in Local Communities: Bringing Together Unlikely Partners on Behalf of Early Learning

Coalitions build partnerships and achieve momentum and achieve greater impact. Learn how to establish an effective structure, identify a common goal and engage partners to maximize your impact. This session applies to those leading, supporting or new to coalition building work!

Lori McClung & Scarlett Bouder, Advocacy & Communication Solutions, LLC

PA603 - FTF Online: Raising Awareness with Engaging Content for Parents

Learn about First Things First's innovative strategy to reach today's parents with videos, graphics, information and resources for supporting their child's healthy development and learning.

Dan Puglisi, First Things First

PA604 - Early Childhood, Every Day: Get the Word Out

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.

Tammi Watson & Donna Shott, First Things First

PA605 - Social Media, Email and Campaigns: How to Best Reach Your Audience

You have three seconds to connect with your audience. Create strategic, targeted campaigns that use the latest techniques to get people to open your email or view your social post.

Max Fose & Stephanie Saccente, IWS; Renee Targos, First Things First

PA606 - Moving Awareness to Action - Early Childhood Awareness Building that Works in Arizona

Hear how a panel of Champions for Young Children are broadening the dialogue about the importance of early childhood with diverse audiences by partnering to share messages, tools and calls-to-action.

Beverly Gomez Arriaga, Jana Tuman & Sheri Collins, First Things First

PA607 - Charting A Road-Map for Success: The Arizona Education Progress Meter

"The Education Progress Meter is a tool that serves as a road-map for education. Be inspired by regional examples and discover how to use this tool to motivate action locally.

Jennifer Hernandez & Erin Hart, Expect More Arizona

SB201 - Integrating Science and Faith to Build the Resilient Community

This session will present a model of collaboration between mental health professionals and faith community leaders to promote appropriate interventions for children and families, develop an effective service delivery system and implement trauma-informed care training for those caring for or ministering to families.

Sanghoon Yoo, The Faithful City; Marcia Stanton, Phoenix Children's Hospital

SB202 - Quality First Redesign: Taking Quality First to Scale

This workshop will describe and update participants on the progress of the two-year pilot underway to determine how Quality First, Arizona's Quality Improvement and Rating System, might be brought to scale. Participants will learn the components of the Quality First Redesign including the redesign model and the field test.

Patricia Valenzuela & Sarah Johns, First Things First

SB203 - Have an FTF Grant? Get the Inside Scoop!

Learn the ins and outs of navigating and translating your First Things First grant expectations and implementation standards into direct service. The session will include a demonstration of how to navigate and access the First Things First Strategy Toolkit and how to read and understand grant-related documents.

Joy Laveen & Brooke Loiland, First Things First

SB204 - Responsive Family Partnerships: Building Community Collaborations Focused on Early Language and Literacy in Read On Communities

This session will illustrate how the Read On Phoenix, Chandler and Tempe communities are creating educational solutions through aligning and targeting family supports to improve early language and literacy outcomes for children birth to age 8.

Kendra Smiley, Southwest Human Development; Amy Corriveau, City of Phoenix; Joann Floth, Read On Chandler

SB205 - Community Schools: An Evidence-Based Strategy for Equitable School Improvement

A community school is a neighborhood hub, uniting families, educators and community partners to provide students with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed in school and in life. A panel of Yuma leaders will share how they are partnering at a local school to provide students with top-quality academics, health and social services and enrichment. Evidence-based resources and strategies for starting a community school in your community will be shared.

Rudy J. Ortiz, First Things First; Mary Beth Turner, Yuma School District One

SB206 - Strengthening Arizona’s Comprehensive System to Meet the Developmental Needs of Children

The Early Intervention System State Partners Group, comprised of health, education and family support partners, is working to improve how the developmental needs of young children are identified and addressed. Hear from a cross-sector panel on strategies identified to improve coordination and delivery of services to support the physical, behavioral, developmental and social needs of children. Strategies shared will include efforts aimed at improving policy, coordination, screening practices and provider capacity. Participants will develop an understanding of screening, referral and intervention pathways and efforts underway to support families in navigating a complex system of services.

Kelly Lubeck, First Things First; Jane Kallal, Family Involvement Center; Rene Bartos, AzAAP and Pediatrician; Suzanne Perry, Arizona Department of Education; Jenee Sisnroy, Arizona Department of Economic Security

SB207 - Strengthening Early Childhood Opportunities Through Non-profit Partnerships and Community Building

Participants will learn about involvement of civic organizations in early learning initiatives and partnerships that strengthen early learning. Approaches for developing systems: networks, partnerships and projects will be described with examples.

Virginia Juettner, Valle Verde Rotary/FTF Pima S Council

SB208 - Higher Education Developing the Early Childhood Workforce: Powerful Examples of Lives Being Changed

Learn from First Things First college scholarship recipients how this opportunity can positively affect the entire early childhood system. Hear stories from scholars and outreach coordinators who are assisting in the work.

Kimberly Flack, Arizona PBS, Susana O'Brien & Michael Gaffney, Arizona PBS - Education Outreach

SB209 - Evaluating Quality First: Phase 2 Validation Study and Redesign Field Test

The audience will learn about the purpose, intended outcomes and specific research goals of two evaluation studies related to Quality First, Arizona's Quality Improvement and Rating System, which sets standards for high quality early care and education, provides support for providers that meet those standards, and assesses implementation of those standards. The first study focuses on the current Quality First model, while the second evaluation focuses on understanding if the Quality First Redesign Field Test is working as intended.

Roopa Iyer, & Sarah Johns, First Things First

SB210 - Notes from the Field: A Retrospective from First Things First Regional Council Members on Early Childhood System Building

A diverse panel of veteran First Things First regional council members from across the state will share their perspectives on building and strengthening Arizona's early childhood system.

K. Vilay, First Things First

SF701 - Stories from the Field: Culturally Responsive Mental Health Consultation for Home Visitors and Family, Friend and Neighbor Providers

This presentation will spotlight infant and early childhood mental health consultation to home visitors, and Family, Friend and Neighbor providers. A diverse and engaging panel will share vignettes and examples from the field.

Leah Eckley, Dawn Yazzie & Virgini Hout, Southwest Human Development

SF702 - Reflection and Resiliency: Enhancing Direct Work with All Families

This session will focus on how evidence-based reflective practice can be a tool to enhance your work and relationships with families, and help you develop a deeper understanding of an individual family and of yourself as a professional.

Leona Pannabecker, Child-Parent Centers Inc., Head Start

SF703 - Trauma Informed Collaborative Practice: Supporting Child Maltreatment Survivors and Their Families

This presentation is geared towards early childhood professionals who would like to learn how to meet the needs of child maltreatment survivors as part of a trauma-informed, collaborative team.

Bianca Harper, University of Southern California

SF704 - What You Do Matters: Empowering Parents through Knowledge and Social Connections

This session will provide an understanding of the Parents as Teachers approach to engaging families. Attendees will gain insight into the process for developing an ongoing group series to deliver parenting information. Learn about the implementation design, content, outcomes and how your organization can offer similar experiences for your families.

Lindsey Forton, Parents as Teachers National Center; Sarah Huisman, Fontbonne University

SF705 - Respecting and Connecting with Families

This interactive workshop will present information to assist in building meaningful and inclusive relationships with different types of families by addressing their strengths and challenges.

Stefanie Goodman, Kathleen Ahearne & Maja Djokic, City of Phoenix Birth to Five Program

SF706 - ACEs Are Wild: How Adverse Childhood Experiences Affect Our Future

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) are stressful or traumatic experiences, including abuse, neglect and a range of household dysfunction such as growing up with substance abuse, mental illness, parental discord or crime in the home. This session will help attendees move from simply “understanding ACEs” to actually utilizing the ACE framework to dramatically improve health and resilience for current and future generations.

Teresa Nygaard, Ivy Anderson & Danielle Campbell, The Parenting Place

SF707 - Parent to Parent Connections:The Priceless Value of the Shared Lived Experience

This session will provide participants with an understanding of parent-to-parent support. Parents of children with disabilities seek and highly value support from those who have a shared, lived experience, and report that it is one of their most meaningful sources of knowledge, information and resiliency building.

Janna Murrell, Raising Special Kids

SF708 - A Culturally Appropriate Parent Coach Home Visitation Program for Newcomer Families

This session provides an overview of how IRC provides linguistically, culturally appropriate early learning for children and parents through home visits focused on healthy parent practices and strategies for supporting children's physical, social-emotional and cognitive development. The curriculum used addresses concerns, struggles and support needed for newcomers to the United States.

Violetta Lopez; Aysar Al Khafaji, International Rescue Committee

SF709 - A Systems Approach to Engaging Families through Relational Practices

This workshop will explore how the Touchpoints approach supports early childhood early care and education, health care and home visiting providers across a community, and how Touchpoints impacts relationships with families. The Touchpoints model reflects contemporary thinking on child development as an evolution of predictable developmental bursts, regression and pauses. It includes strength-based strategies for more effective family engagement and retention in early care and education, health care and home visitation.

Mindy May, Brazelton Touchpoints Center; DeAnn Davies, Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center; Kate Dobler-Allen, First Things First

SF710 - Triple P – Positive Parenting Program: Demonstrating Success for Families with Young Children in Maricopa County

Triple P - Positive Parenting Program - is the most widely researched system of parenting supports, education and interventions with demonstrated effectiveness for diverse populations and families with varying need. This session will highlight specific ways in which Triple P strengthens families. Data will be shared from recent Triple P services provided to families with children birth to age 5 in Maricopa County, demonstrating positive outcomes in a variety of areas.

Cricket Mitchell, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona

SF711 - Win-Win Strategies for Family Engagement

An interactive, collaborative and fun workshop to learn and experience the win-win strategies for family engagement that they can take with them and implement immediately in their own schools and/or centers.

Vicky Perez, Claudia Talambayan & Kristine Focht, Inspire Education LLC

SF712 - Home Visiting and Educational Outcomes: A Study of a Parents As Teachers (PAT) Home Visiting Program

The presenters will review results of quasi-experimental research that assessed the impact of the Parents As Teachers (PAT) home visiting program participation on student achievement, using a matched comparison group of school district students.

Michel Lahti, LeCroy & Milligan Associates, Inc.

SF713 - Leap into Science for Underserved Families

Through an emphasis on literacy and science, Leap into Science builds the capacity of informal educators and parents to be competent science learners and facilitators. This National Science Foundation project is designed to bring high quality STEM and literacy resources to community settings such as libraries, museums and out-of-school programs to engage underserved families in accessible settings.

Donna Throckmorton, Arizona State Library; Hannah Stewart, Yuma County Library District; Alyson Walker, Arizona Science Center

SF714 - Parents Have the Power: Addressing the Talk Gap through a Parent Group Model

All parents have the power to support their child’s early language development! Come learn about a parent group model called LENA Start that has been implemented across the country. Challenges related to implementing parent group models will be discussed, as well as strategies for recruiting and retaining parents.

Traci Martin, LENA

SF715 - Understanding Complex Trauma and How It Affects the Developing Brain and Behavior

This training will discuss why some children have a difficult time managing their behavior. We will discuss why children 'can't' vs 'won't' and practice skills that help children feel safe.

Anitra B. Cruz, Human Resource Training, Inc.

TC801 - Partnering with Arizona’s Tribes: Best Practices Shared

Partnerships with tribes are crucial to advancing an early childhood system. In this interactive session a tribal leader and a university and state representative will share best practices when working with Arizona’s tribes.

Candida Hunter, First Things First; Shan Lewis, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe; Amelia Flores, Colorado River Indian Tribes; T Jacob Moore, Arizona State University

TC802 - Trauma-Informed Care in Arizona Tribal Communities: A Collaborative Approach to Supporting Young Children and their Families

Panelists will share perspectives from behavioral health and community partners across tribal communities focused on the successes and challenges in creating a collaborative approach to trauma-informed care for young children and their families.

Jessica Beach, First Things First; Holly Figueroa, Health Choice Integrated Care, LLC

TC803 - Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Native American Communities

Native Americans disproportionately experience Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and health disparities, significantly impacting their families. This session will offer specific strategies to identify, address and reduce their impact.

Neil Tift, Native American Fatherhood & Families Association

TC804 - Navajo Fruits and Vegetable Prescription (FVRx) Program: Impacts in Addressing Maternal and Child Health Across Navajo Nation

Session participants will learn how combining health education and increased food accessibility positively impacts maternal and child health by walking through COPE’s Fruits and Vegetable Prescription program on Navajo Nation.

Mary Gaul, Leandra Becenti & Carmen George, Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment

TC805 - Using Data to Improve the Quality of Home Visiting in Tribal Communities

This session will present information to help tribal programs collect, manage and use data effectively from the perspectives of a technical assistance provider and a local tribal home visiting program.

Brandie Buckless & Erica Roberts James, Bell Associates; Samantha Highsmith, Native Health

TC806 - Inter Tribal Council of Arizona's Maternal and Child Health Programming Support

This session will cover presentations of four projects that the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) Tribal Epidemiology Center has been working on to support maternal and child health public health programming with an emphasis on the 0-5 years age range, including: women, infant, and children program evaluation, surveillance, and MCH assessment survey.

Jamie Ritchey, Jonathan Davis, Anne Burke & Gwenda Gorman, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.

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