Breakout Sessions (New)
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.
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.
Learn what’s working and why, and how local Read On communities are leading the charge for effective, equitable and accelerated early literacy results in their work as an Acceleration Zone.
Catherine Freericks, Joanne Floth, Dawn Gerundo & Ann Lynn DiDomenico
AI 102 – Unbreaking the Health System: How First Things First is Supporting Health System Change
Frustrated with the complex health care system you find yourself living and working within? Learn what various regions in Arizona are doing to positively impact their local health systems.
Kavita Bernstein, Kate Dobler, Vijette Saari, Lisa Blyth & Rudy Ortiz
AI 103 – The Perks and Perils of a Statewide Integrated Home Visitation Data System
This session will describe how three funding agencies (FTF, DCS, DHS) and the Healthy Families home visitation program worked to streamline data reporting requirements within a shared data system towards understanding program impact.
Lisa Colling, Amy Hodgson, Amy Kemp, Jessica Stewart & Roopa Iyer
AI 104 – Strong Families, Thriving Children: A Community Town Hall about Family and Child Well-Being
A facilitated discussion about family and child well-being in Arizona. Given equal voice, attendees will discuss familial challenges, share perspectives and arrive at consensus solutions to empower everyone moving forward.
Tara Jackson, Gregory Falls, Evelyn Casuga & Mary Grier
Learn how the integration of health care and home visiting is having a positive impact on families in an Arizona border town.
AI 106 – Lessons Learned from the Quality First Redesign
This session will describe how data from a rapid-cycle evaluation is being used to inform changes to the Quality First Redesign model.
Sarah Johns, Patricia Valenzuela, Roopa Iyer & Amy Robinson
AI 107 – Making the Business Case for an Evidence-Based Childhood Health and Development Intervention
This workshop will present information to help attendees understand how to make the business case to key stakeholders for a child health and development targeted, evidence-based program.
Jennifer Tracey, Elizabeth Frenette & DeAnn Davies
AI 108 – Building a Two-Generational Approach to Serving Families with Young Children
This session will provide participants with an in-depth look at the system-building efforts of the Family Engagement Network including the use of parent feedback, leveraging funding opportunities and the lessons learned throughout the process.
Heather Friedman, Robert Clark, Jessica Harrington, Tamara Nicolosi, Stephen Sparks & Pamela Valencia
AI 109 – DEC Informed Care: Changing Trajectories for Drug-Endangered Children in San Bernardino County
This workshop will detail the county system of collaboration and the transdisciplinary model of care in early childhood mental health intervention for the young, drug-endangered child in San Bernardino County.
Karen Scott, Kiti Randall & Kathy Turnbull
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.
This presentation focuses on the impact of trauma on the child’s stress-response system and the important role of adults in building relationships that foster learning and behavioral self-regulation.
HD 202 – Catching Them Early, Does it Matter? Parent-Mediated Intervention for Infants at Risk for Autism
Learn about a program designed to lower the age of diagnosis and provide treatment through parents to alleviate symptoms for at-risk infants.
Why are some children permanently damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive? To help answer this question, filmmaker Roger Weisberg dug into his extensive film archives to update a few of the stories of the abused and neglected children he filmed decades ago. Viewers are given a unique, time-lapse perspective on how the trauma that these children experienced shaped their lives as adults. Broken Places interweaves these longitudinal narratives with commentary from nationally-renowned experts in neurobiology and early childhood development in order to illuminate the devastating impact of childhood adversity as well as the factors that can foster resilience.
Jessica Nicely, Marcia Stanton & Cherie Conte
Oral Health for infants, toddlers and elementary children. Early intervention advice, tips, tricks and practical recommendations for parents, caregivers, educators and pediatricians.
Gardens promote healthy eating and the physical and cognitive development of young children. This session demonstrates the benefits of early childhood gardens, how they align with AZ Early Learning Standards, and resources available to support them.
Hope Wilson & Ashley Schimke
This session will describe how data from a rapid-cycle evaluation is being used to inform changes to the Quality First Redesign model.
Sarah Johns, Patricia Valenzuela, Roopa Iyer & Amy Robinson
Attendees will learn about an innovative approach to preventive care in rural, underserved Arizona. The First 365 utilizes group visits, home visits and a unique curriculum in newborn care.
Darlene Melk & Jeffrey Holzberg
This interactive workshop will present information to empower stakeholders make informed decisions with regard to children’s screen time, including practical strategies for the home and in the classroom.
HD 209 – Impact of Child Sexual Abuse on Early Brain Development
This presentation will discuss how early brain development is impacted by child sexual abuse and effective ways to support young children who have experienced child sexual abuse.
Arizona children ages 1 – 4 are twice as likely to drown as their peers in other states. Learn about an engaging, evidence-based program that infuses Strengthening Families pillars into daily practice to help caregivers stop making the mistakes that lead to child drownings. You’ll learn how to infuse evidence-based content into your work, community resources that can help families, and why child health and education experts and caregivers love this program.
Tiffaney Isaacson & Regina Haycock
HD 211 – Improving the Oral Health of Pregnant Women
Can we decrease the risk of premature and low birth weight babies with just a toothbrush and good oral health hygiene? Yes! Learn how oral health in pregnancy is critical to a newborn’s health and what Arizona is doing to make an impact.
Julia Wacloff & Kavita Bernstein
HD 212 – Hearing and Vision: Building Blocks for Learning
This workshop will present information to early childhood educators, community partners and healthcare providers to increase awareness of evidence-based hearing and vision screenings that support early identification.
Sonia Samaniego, Katharine Levandowsky & Cherie Conte
HD 213 – Results of the 2019 Arizona Child Maltreatment Needs Assessment: Findings and Recommendations
This session will present the results of a statewide needs assessment focused on the prevention of child maltreatment, including current risk and protective factors for Arizona’s children and families.
Michel Lahti & Susan Smith
Pediatricians will share first-hand experiences with the challenges and benefits of screening for ACEs and resilience. Updated ACE incidence data, as well as resources for professionals and parents, will be shared.
Marcia Stanton, Funda Bachini, Amy Shoptaugh & Danica Denton
HD 215 – Let’s Get Moving: Yoga, Dance and Movement Activities for Young Children
Learn simple ways to integrate dance, music and yoga into your daily curriculum. Encourage self expression, problem solving and creative thinking while working on balance, coordination, listening skills and concentration.
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.
LT 301 – Reading Aloud with Children: The Interactive Repeated Read-Aloud Process
What’s contributes most to a child’s reading success? Reading aloud with them. Explore strategies that result in optimizing literacy development through reading aloud with children.
Bobbie ZemanekWhite & Pat Martinez-Lopez
This session will present recent research on literacy trend analysis and case studies that highlight schools across Arizona that are showing the most improvement in 3rd grade reading.
Terri Clark & Sean Ross
This workshop will engage educators in the explicit and systematic instruction of all phonological skills — syllables, onsets and rimes, and phonemes — and explain why they are critical in learning to read.
LT 304 – Language to Literacy: Songs, Poems, Stories for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers
This interactive presentation will offer storybook reading strategies that feature favorite books, songs and engaging activities that are best for babies, terrific for toddlers and perfect for preschoolers.
This session will discuss the importance of developing literacy skills in a child’s first language. Literacy skills in the child’s primary language will increase their understanding of English language literacy.
Explore how to support early language and literacy development in the classroom using key strategies. Participants will receive resources and ideas to aid in their teaching practices.
Katie Romero & Katherine Willard
LT 307 – Storytelling as Community Building
Learn about strategies to foster a culture of storytelling that brings people together, with information relevant to practitioners as well as all advocates of children and families.
Natalia Hoffman, Dianette Plácido & Fernando González
LT 308 – La, La, La, Blah, Blah, Blah: Songs and Books to Expand Vocabulary
Using a variety of songs and picture book titles, we will explore how rich vocabulary can be introduced and utilized to support language development in young children.
Mariko Whelan & Jennifer Kiesl
LT 309 – Birth to 12 Education: Using the Imagination Library to Educate Children, Parents and the Community
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is an efficient, effective tool to inspire parents and kids to read together. Learn how to start an affiliate, grow enrollment and partner with stakeholders.
Jean Barton, Pam Hunsaker & Cami Rhinehart
Expand your leadership and team building skills at all levels of the early childhood system and learn self-care.
Come and relax with us. Participants will consider the origin of their stress and manage it by practicing calming strategies and learning helpful ways to stay attuned to their bodies and minds.
Maria Lopez & Rachel Post
Participants will learn the value of creating connections in the workplace. Connections lead to a culture of encouragement and positivity. Learn how to make connections and navigate employee issues in the workplace.
EE 403 – Reflective Practice for Birth to Age 5: Who Am I? What Am I Doing Here?
Reflective practice is considered the best practice for work for the birth to age 5 population and is associated with positive child and family level outcomes. Come and learn about reflective practice and how it can support you in your work with families.
Organizational culture goes well beyond the employee handbook. Find out what your culture is telling your employees about how your organization operates.
In this session, you’ll learn how to recognize compassion fatigue through signs and symptoms and then use strategies to overcome it.
EE 406 – Why We Act the Way We Do: Understanding and Maximizing Productivity
Ever wonder why we act the way we do? This presentation will examine reasons behind behaviors and how to respond appropriately. You’ll also learn how to positively contribute to work environments.
Ashley Dixon, Jennifer Argyros & Debbie Curley
EE 407 – Track Your Child Care Staff’s Training Hours Easily and With One Log-In
You work hard to help your staff reach their annual training hours. We want to support you with a system that will track and document training all in one place – at no cost to you.
Becky Johnson, Ginger Sandweg & Mark Becker
Come and explore the inner workings of staff retention and turnover. You’ll see why staff leave and how we can engage and support them to stay with ideas based on neuroscience.
EE 409 – The Magic of Creating a Winning Team Culture
The session will cover fundamental building blocks of an effective and productive workplace that includes: communication, work culture, leadership, team building and performance management.
Ernest Sears Jr
Early Childhood work is exhilarating, gratifying and very challenging. Your own wellness can be pushed aside. In this session, take time to restore your balance through reflection, mindfulness and movement.
EE 411 – The Early Childhood System Leadership Challenge: A Better Early Childhood System Starts with Better Leaders
Are you a leader, wanting to make extraordinary things happen for your agency or community? This fun and interactive session, will provide you five practices to enhance your leadership skills. Come and accept the leadership challenge.
This session will explain how private programs and school districts can work together to be more inclusive environments and get state funding for preschools.
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.
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.
Sheri Collins & Brett Benninghoff
PA 502 – Getting Attention and Action from Policymakers and Donors
In this 90-minute session, Kristen Grimm, president of Spitfire Strategies, will lead an interactive session on how to successfully engage with policymakers and funders. This will include gaining a greater understanding of these audiences and what motivates them, then using this intel to tailor communication efforts to them in a way that will generate the most impact. She’ll cover pitfalls to avoid and best practices to embrace. You’ll leave the session feeling more confident about communicating with these two critical audiences and concrete ideas for applying this to your own work.
PA 503 – Marketing and Branding 101: Basics for Reaching the Right Customers
Learn the basics for marketing to your target audience and get tips on how to get them engaged. You’ll also learn to improve your brand so it creates an experience that differentiates your business from competition and creates loyal customers.
PA 504 – Making Your Voice Heard Among Arizona Policymakers
Champions – including parents, early learning providers and community leaders – know what young kids need to be successful. But, aligning those needs to policymakers’ priorities can seem daunting. Come learn easy techniques you can use to make sure your message gets through to lawmakers and other decision-makers.
Liz Alvarez, Alexis Susdorf, Kelley Murphy & Eric Bucher
PA 505 – Using FTF Digital Resources to Build Community Engagement
Learn how to inspire and engage others in your community by developing an outreach plan that pairs effective messaging with online resources from First Things First.
Erin Taylor & Donna Shott
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.
SF 601 – Understanding the Diversity of Arizona Families and Engaging Them through Motivational Interviewing
This interactive workshop identifies the over-representation of ethnic minority families in the home visiting and child welfare system. Attendees will learn how to use motivational interviewing to engage families with diverse cultural backgrounds.
Stephanie Miller & Judy Krysik
SF 602 – Engaging Fathers and Other Male Caregivers: An Approach to Build and Sustain Ongoing Relationships and Partnerships with Families
Participants will learn the importance of building strong father engagement practices in their work with children and families and what steps are needed to promote partnerships with fathers and male caregivers.
Gilbert Romero Mewharter
Men and fathers are often reluctant to request assistance for a variety of reasons. This session will provide insights into understanding this dynamic and offer specific recommendations to engage males and fathers more effectively.
SF 604 – Triple P as an Integral Strategy for Arizona’s Response to the Opioid Crisis
This session will highlight innovative ways that positive parenting for families of young children can be integrated within different service settings as part of Arizona’s response to the opioid crisis.
Cricket Mitchell, Carol Lopinski & Randy Ahn
This workshop will teach early childhood teachers, paraprofessionals, and directors how to set up, promote, and administer an interactive program of monthly projects to build a strong and cooperative relationship between home and school.
Della Thompson, Bonnie Austin & Trista Augustine
SF 607 – Building a 4th Trimester Ecosystem to Support Postpartum Families
4th Trimester Arizona is a first of its kind initiative to provide families with support and an opportunity to connect with each other about the challenges and joys of early parenthood. Discuss early outcomes and how to grow this initiative.
Jennie Bever & Dena Milliron
Assessment tools are a great way to show program outcomes. We will provide strategies you can use to build relationships with families, complete assessment tools, and continue to retain families in your program.
Gisela Jimenez Vazquez & Wendy Puga
Discover how Phoenix Public Library has partnered with the community to find, teach, engage and assess over 3,000 families through its Kindergarten Bootcamp program.
Cindy Lopez & Vicky Vela-Thai
SF 610 – Engaging Grandfamilies Amid the Opioid Crisis through a Trauma-Informed Lens
This workshop presents strategies to work with grandfamilies through a trauma-informed lens, including the language, values and skills needed to engage them authentically.
Jay Kadash & Tara Skibiel
This session strives to provide take-away skills that professionals can utilize to support and enhance parent-child interactions and playgroup interactions through scaffolding, mastery, constructive feedback and more.
Jennifer Argyros, Debbie Curley & Ashley Dixon
SF 612 – Group Peer Support (GPS): Ensuring Parent Engagement and Success
Attendees will be introduced to the Group Peer Support (GPS) model, which supports parents to achieve their parenting goals, enhance resilience, and provide a strong foundation for their families.
Nallely Willis & DeAnn Davies
This interactive session will include strategies for maintaining a strengths-based perspective of families, identifying and moving beyond assumptions, and developing true partnerships with families.
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.
TL 701 – Messy Play: The Importance of Sensory-Rich Experiences in Early Childhood
Let’s get messy! In this session, we’ll explore what makes messy play such an important part of early childhood experiences, and you’ll experience some messy play experiences of your own.
Melanie Martin, Kelley Fitzsimmons & Beth Jenkins
TL 702 – The Collaborative Educators Institute: Professional Development that Promotes Curiosity and Wonder
The Collaborative Educators Institute is a transformative professional development model that promotes collaborative inquiry and reflective practice among early childhood educators. Learn more about it and how it applies to you.
Gigi Yu, Christie Colunga & Jennifer Hicks
TL 703 – The Building Blocks of Early Math
This workshop will show the ways early math experiences support development and tie into literacy and other standards. It will give participants fun ideas for activities that can be done at home or in a program setting.
Jan Mokros & Laura Martin
TL 704 – I Completely Stopped Doing Circle Time: You Should, Too!
Using new research in the field of early childhood education, participants will understand why current circle time practices are not effective. Then learn new, engaging strategies to use in the classroom.
Amanda Gryzkewicz Gloyer
This workshop will look at strategies to effectively use literacy practices to help children learn to advocate for themselves and others.
Self-Concept is developed long before a child is fully verbal. Come see how simply changing the way we talk to infants and toddlers can affect future learning.
This is the first session of a two-part series focusing on a preschool audience. You’ll learn about the heart of teaching reading effectively, what social emotional development is and how it can affect literacy development.
Millie Archer & Nicole Peterson
TL 708 – Why Does She Wear a Hijab? Why is Her Hair So Kinky? The Importance of Cultural Relativism and Social-Identity in Early Learning Programs
Participants will understand the significance of culture relativism and self-identity in early childhood. Moreover, learn how to identify ethnocentrism eliminating negative social emotional development and learn to create identity-safe classrooms.
Jocelyn Jones & Re’Shaun Webb
TL 709 – Quality Job-Embedded Professional Development: Using Data to Drive Effective Teaching Practices
How can programs use child-level data to strengthen quality teaching practices? Explore a research-based, job-embedded approach to professional development and learn about the use of data analysis for quality improvement.
Experience how Phoenix Public Library’s Tools for School program takes Arizona’s Early Learning Standards off the page and infuses them into practical, parent-focused activities.
Vicky Vela Thai, Alyssa LaBelle & Laura Doherty
TL 711 – 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 in development. In addition to theoretical discussion, participants will play and learn how to encourage musical play.
Come play and learn. This workshop will provide attendees with the tools and information they need to incorporate physical activity for young children into their program.
This is the second session of a two-part series focusing on a preschool audience. You’ll learn about the heart of teaching reading effectively, what social emotional development is and how it can affect literacy development.
Millie Archer & Nicole Peterson
The Expanded Core Curriculum consists of nine areas and skills that students with visual impairments need in order to access the same curriculum as their sighted peers. Find out how to support students with a visual impairment in various settings.
Garrett Pendergast & Anna Nowak
A guide to the Quality First assessment process from a director/administrator’s point of view. Come explore the structure of the assessment process and identify components for continuous successful assessment cycles.
Katie Romero & Elizabeth Winkelman
Discover the role of the Outdoor Classroom and working with children in this powerful space. Come away with concrete ideas on transforming your practice, teaching across the curriculum with engaging provocations.
Mary Ann Biermeier
TL 717 – Infant and Toddler STEAM: Supporting Cognitive Development with Our Youngest Learners
Explore current research and best practice in STEAM, engage with real-life examples of infant and toddler cognitive development and design action plans to connect effective teaching practices with child development.
TL 718 – Picture Perfect Portfolios: More than a Cute Memento for Preschool Years
In this session, you will gain the skills you need to develop and implement a strong progress monitoring system by learning how to create or improve your student portfolios.
TL 719 – Beyond the Bully Label: Strategies for Understanding and Preventing Bullying Behaviors
In this session we will address how bullies are created, what we can do to shift their engagement strategies and how we can support those on the receiving end of this hurtful behavior.
TL 720 – Awakening Creativity: Introducing the Performing Arts to Young Children
Discover the importance of performing arts for very young children. In this session, you’ll experience a variety of age-appropriate dance, drama and music activities.
Melanie Martin, Kelley Fitzsimmons & Holly Garner
As child behavior becomes a greater challenge, staff members need proven techniques that turn the difficult child into a self-confident, determined learner with minimum effort and amazing success.
TL 722 – Connections through Cooking: Using Cooking Activities to Teach Math, Science, Literacy and so Much More
Cooking is a life skill. Cooking in an early childhood classroom can incorporate a wide variety of developmental domains. Children who learn to cook will become adults who eat healthier. This workshop will show you how.
Regina Abraham & Lisa Stearns-Hayes
TL 723 – Inclusionary Practices: Intentional Collaborative Approaches to Learning for Children with Special Needs
Learn about strategic planning and collaborative approaches to ensure full integration and implementation of learning for children with special needs.
Cheryl Beahan & Kelli Cotter
TL 724 – Improving Quality through Accreditation
NAEYC and AzAEYC is committed to providing collaborative guidance to centers throughout the accreditation process. Join us to learn about the accreditation process and available resources.
TL 725 – Early Childhood Professional Identity: More than a Lattice Level
Reframing the early childhood professional identity in the AZ Early Childhood Registry through modifications to the career lattice, professional development and education report, and professional goals document.
Shanna Kukla & Melissa Busby
Enhancing Child-Teacher Interactions Equals Increasing CLASS Instructional Support
We will discuss the components of the Pyramid Model and challenges and rewards of promoting a culture of positive social-emotional development through program-wide implementation in five early childhood programs.
Korina Callahan, Julie Hardy & Ruth Thomas
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.
TC 801 – Maternal Mental Health: Strengthening Skills to Help Our Moms
This presentation will dispell myths about perinatal mental health and provide attendees tools to better serve moms from diverse backgrounds.
TC 802 – Environmental Influences and Infants’ Developmental Outcomes Across the First Year of Life In a Navajo Population
You’ll learn about the effects of exposure to heavy metals, quality of home environment and parenting to children’s developmental outcomes for 9 months to 13 months old in a sample of Navajo children.
Sara Nozadi, Maria Welch & Qeturah Anderson
TC 803 – Nurturing Our Future: Shaping Indigenous Children through Early Childhood Education
Tribal perspectives will be differentiated from and within the overarching field of early childhood education and articulate a compelling stance of advocacy on behalf of tribal early childhood education program development.
Sherilyn Analla & Sheilah Nicholas
TC 804 – Fatherhood is Sacred: Empowering Fathers to Strengthen Families
This session discusses information to help fathers understand the positive vision of their calling as a father, including the five core foundational principles of parenting and how fathers can implement them in their home.
Native students taught by prepared and proficient Native teachers can impact generations and serve to assist in revitalization of culture and language by the deliberate inclusion of culturally responsive practice and pedagogy.
Pamela Powell, Melissa Wheeler, Denyse Herder & Jodi Carlson