Welcome to the First Things First Virtual Summit 2022 registration.

As an alternative to our traditional in-person conference, FTF is presenting a free, virtual Summit on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 starting at 9:30 a.m. (Pacific Time) to support the early childhood community through the pandemic. The summit will use Zoom as a platform to telecast each session to attendees, so you will need access to the internet.

Registration Instructions

For this year’s Summit, you must register for each session that you want to attend in order to receive a Zoom link for that session.

Registration is easy! Click on the REGISTER link under each session title, then you will be taken to a page to register for that specific session. If you would like more information about the session before you register, please click on the MORE DETAILS link under the session title. This link will take you to the Schedule of Events page where you can find information about each session that includes the topic, speakers, downloadable information (if available) and also a session registration link.

You can register for as many sessions as you would like at the Virtual Summit, but you must register for each session. Sessions have limited capacity so please register early. Recordings will be available after the Summit for sessions that you were not able to attend.


At the conclusion of the Summit, a certificate of attendance will be uploaded to the Summit website. You can download this certificate as proof of your attendance.

Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry

If you would like credit for your Summit participation to be added to your Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry, please email your Registry ID to by September 14, 2020. You can expect to see those hours added to your account by October 1, 2020. Click here to learn how to find your Registry ID.

Please Register for Each Session You Plan to Attend:

Block 1 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
101 FLIP IT Instead of Flipping Out. You Can Transform Challenging Behavior!
Rachel Wagner, Devereux Center for Resilient Children
(Welcome by Marilee dal Pra, CEO of First Things First)

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Block 2 10:35 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
201 How Professionals Can Support Young Children and Families in Managing Stress
Molly Strothkamp, Southwest Human Development
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202 Building Confidence and Trust with Parents and Staff During a Crisis
Barbara Milner, Consultants in Development and Kathryn Wauters
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203 How COVID-19 is Impacting Services for Young Children and Families in Tribal Communities – Lanna Flood Memorial Address
Rhonda Etsitty, Association for Supportive Child Care, Martha Guy, Head Start and Elizabeth Garcia, Cocopah Project LAUNCH
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Presentation 11:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Eddie Basha Award Presentation
Kim VanPelt, First Things First
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Block 3 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
301 Nurturing Children’s Language throughout the Day
David Dickinson, Vanderbilt University
(Welcome by Marilee dal Pra, CEO of First Things First)

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Block 4 2:35 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
401 Coming to Terms with Germs
Beth Giacalone and Patti Longman, Association for Supportive Child Care
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402 Addressing Your Own Stress: Self-Regulation and the Trauma-Informed Approach
Claire Louge, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona
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403 Empowering Families to Support Early Literacy Success During COVID-19
Terri Clark, Read On Arizona, Nicol Russell, Teaching Strategies Gold, Lori Masseur, Arizona Department of Education and Jenny Volpe, Make Way for Books
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404 Equitable Engagement in Action (Not Just Buzzwords)
Sharifa Rowe, S. Rowe Consulting and Sarah Gonzalez, Gonzalez Consulting
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