When you attend the Summit, you’ll get to select from 80+ sessions that cover a diverse set of topics related to early childhood development and health. Recognizing early childhood as a component of the education continuum, our sessions are aligned with K-3 education.
The below are the Summit tracks that will be available at the First Things First Early Childhood Summit 2019. Specific Summit sessions will be published on this page after June 15, 2019.
To improve outcomes for young children, early childhood partners need to collaborate and advocate to achieve collective impact. Sessions in this area will focus on topics such as advancing policy change, building partnerships, addressing capacity needs and coalition building.
Child Health and Development
In these sessions, you’ll learn about the healthy development of children ages birth to 5. Health is broadly defined to include physical, social, behavioral and oral health. An example of individual sessions may include brain development and impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on children’s development.
Early Language and Literacy
As a part of the Read On @ the Summit, these sessions explore early language and literacy development of infants, toddlers and preschoolers. You’ll get information and foundational skills to support the development of reading and writing, such as strategies that adults can implement to support early literacy development of young children.
Enriching and Empowering Caregivers
Understanding the stress and challenges of caregivers and how interventions can provide relief, support and sustainable solutions, these sessions are focused on addressing the physical and psychological health of caregivers, such as achieving work-life balance – avoiding burnout.
Public Awareness and Engagement
These sessions focus on building public awareness of the importance of early childhood, including strategies for engaging the public to take action on behalf of young children in their communities. Sessions include marketing, public relations and engaging officials.
With the understanding that parents are their children’s first and best teachers, these sessions focus on how to support parents and families with the tools and information they need to provide stable, nurturing environments that help their young children reach their full potential. Sessions may include general awareness and education on topics such as positive parenting practices. More in-depth concepts may include implementation of evidence-based programs and innovative solutions associated with positive child and family level outcomes, building resiliency in at-risk families and communities, and engaging at-risk families and special populations.
Leaders set the example and tone of the workplace. These sessions are designed to enhance and expand leadership and team building skills at all levels of the early childhood system; and/or interpersonal (people) skills, work place issues or self-care for early childhood professionals.
Teaching and Learning Toolbox
When teachers have tools they can take from their toolbox to problem solve, it helps to decrease burnout and sets them up for success. These sessions focus on quality early care and education experiences for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, in both center and home-based settings that help prepare them for success in kindergarten and beyond.
These sessions focus on opportunities to support young children and families in tribal communities, such as cultural practices in evidence-based programs or working with multi-generational families.