2022 Annual Conference

May 17 - May 19, 2022

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2022 Conference

2022 Conference Themes:

  • Emotional Wellness and Resilience During Crisis

    ParentChild+ program providers often experience the accomplishments and excitement of the families, as well as their struggles. Because home visitors tend to care about others, this relationship can often contribute to emotional distress, including burnout and compassion fatigue. In addition, the pandemic has exacerbated individual as well as collective trauma for families and staff. How does your team reflect and reset? How can ParentChild+ use time during the conference to rejuvenate? How has your team exhibited resilience despite current challenges? Presentation topics may include:

    • Methods to help maintain our emotional wellness
    • Strategies to support families during crisis
    • Stories of family and/or staff resiliency
    • Facilitating supportive reflective practice, reflective supervision and/or meetings
    • Mindful practice and interactions with others
    • Unique stressors on family child care (FCC) during the pandemic and how ParentChild+ can support them
    • Finding support and community during crisis
    • Supporting children’s understanding of viruses without fear
    • Understanding signs of depression or anxiety and how to refer to further services
    • Implementing practices that are more trauma informed
    • Responding to your team’s stress
    • Healing benefits of mindfulness, yoga, and meditation
  • Professional Development Pathways

    How do you inspire your team to learn new skills or refresh current ones? What have been your most impactful leadership and/or professional development activities? These pathways may include formal learning experiences, such as classes or certifications. Consider in-person and virtual modalities. Presentation topics may include:

    • Conducting effective coaching, peer support, and supervision
    • Implementing innovative practices and lessons learned from virtual visiting
    • Incorporating a race equity framework in the context of your community
    • Exploring the role of peer support in weekly group supervision
    • Innovate approaches to group or individual supervision
    • Professional development that has enhanced home visit practice
    • Addressing the social and emotional health of the workforce
    • Re-entering into the home / hybrid model options
    • Addressing change Management
    • Creating career pathways for program parents, early learning specialists, and/or coordinators
    • Navigating Elevate
    • Developmental Parenting – Next Steps
    • Best Practice Principles framework
    • Dialogic reading and other early learning strategies
  • The Parent and Community Voice

    In what way does your program collaborate with caregivers to understand their goals, needs, or strengths? How do you collect meaningful information from families and caregivers to improve service delivery?  You are encouraged to include parents/caregivers as co-presenters or using family stories as the basis of the presentation. Presentation topics may include:

    • Enhancing the caregiver’s voice in the home visit practice, such as co-planning
    • Engaging the caregivers’ voices in your program (parent groups, advisory boards, leadership opportunities, etc.)
    • Identifying family strengths and incorporating them into the home visit
    • Building a responsive practice or program that reflects the family’s needs, especially in the virtual world
    • Perspectives provided by former program parents who have joined the team or have become FCC/FFN provider
    • Learning family stories and how those stories impact program practice and engagement
    • Connecting through shared stories or shared culture
    • Becoming more trauma-informed to meet families’ needs
    • Centering the home visit practice in racial equity
    • Cultural humility, social justice & leadership
    • Community partnerships formed during the pandemic
    • Creating bridges to schools and pre-kindergarten programs
    • Impact of screen time for today’s child

Keynote and Featured Speakers

Valora Washington, PhD, CAE

Celebrating the Power of Home Visitors! Leadership and Professional Pathways for the Journey Ahead

Valora Washington, PhD, CAE

Celebrating the Power of Home Visitors! Leadership and Professional Pathways for the Journey Ahead

Dr. Valora Washington
CEO and President of The CAYL Institute

 
SESSION TITLE
Celebrating the Power of Home Visitors! Leadership and Professional Pathways for the Journey Ahead

SESSION DESCRIPTION
Join us as we open this amazing day with our keynote speaker, Valora Washington! The past two years have been unprecedented. Through it all, the power, resilience, and excellence of home visitors has been critical for countless families and young children.  Looking ahead, we know it will take all of us working together to welcome the new beginnings that are possible post-pandemic. Our current role is to take the essential journey that will make life better for all children and families, as well as for our profession.  Today, let’s celebrate the power of home visitors – let’s think together about the leadership and professional pathways that are essential for our journey ahead!

We begin the journey with the essentials we need to move forward:  respect and honor for our colleagues who have shown so much strength under stress; information about who are children and families are, so that we can serve them well; and huge doses of courage, commitment, and compassion!   Let’s talk together about moving from survival toward sustainability.  Let’s leverage this moment into a movement.  Each of us is powerful and resilient!

Grounded in research underlying child development, home visiting frameworks, and the Alpha Generation (children born since 2010), this session offers participants opportunities to explore new ideas and engage in reflective practice.

BIO
Dr. Valora Washington is an internationally recognized authority in early childhood education. She is known for conceptualizing, leading, and executing significant change initiatives impacting policy, programs, and practice in higher education, philanthropy, and national nonprofits as well as in local, state, and federal government programs.

During her decade tenure as CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition, Dr. Washington advanced and professionalized the field of early childhood education with her leadership of the largest credentialing program for early educators in the United States, the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™. Accomplishments included 25% increase in applications, 42% increases in renewals, and 107% decline in appeals. New initiatives include the establishment of 6 national conferences; The CDA Gold Standard Certification for training institutions; international programs in China, Egypt, UAE, and Panama; on-line application processes (which grew from 0 to almost 90%); new Essential’s text and workbook; cyber sales; review-observe-reflect verification visit system; white paper series; high school CDA programs; renewal amnesty programs; outreach and assessments in up to 23 languages; and alumni group.

Dr. Washington is considered a pioneer in early education, having been named as a Legacy Leader by the Center for Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), for having shaped the early childhood education field, having a unique perspective on the history and context of today’s policy initiatives, and for developing strategies to address the issues that impact child outcomes.

Certified as an Association Executive and as a Credentialing Specialist, Dr. Washington co-founded Voices for Michigan’s Children, the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, and the CAYL Institute (a leadership development program for practitioners).

She formerly served as Vice President at Antioch College and the Kellogg Foundation and as a tenured faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has held leadership roles with the Massachusetts Governor’s School Readiness Commission; Voices for America’s Children; NAEYC; Black Caucus of the Society for Research in Child Development; National Head Start Association Commission on 2010; Boston Children’s Museum; and Wheelock College.

She was named one of “25 Most Influential Working Mothers” by Working Mother magazine, chosen as one of “Ten Outstanding Young Women of America” from among 62,000 nominations, and in 2018, named by Exchange magazine as Doyens (the most respected or prominent person in a field). Dr. Washington has authored over 50 publications including Children of 2010 and Children of 2020. She has also co-authored Ready or Not: Early Care and Education’s Leadership Choices – 12 Years Later; The New Early Childhood Professional; and Guiding Principles for the New Early Childhood Professional.

In addition to a Ph.D. in Child Development/Education from Indiana University at Bloomington, Dr. Washington holds four honorary degrees and professional recognition from numerous organizations including the Barr Fellowship; Leadership Greater Washington; Boston AEYC; NAEYC Black Caucus; Cambridge Resource and Referral; Center for Adoption Research; National Association of Black Social Workers; United Way of Massachusetts Bay; and numerous others.

Dr. Kira Mauseth, Clinical Psychologist

Transition from Crisis into Recovery: Long-Term Resilience Building

Dr. Kira Mauseth, Clinical Psychologist

Transition from Crisis into Recovery: Long-Term Resilience Building

Dr. Kira Mauseth
Behavioral Health Sciences Consultant

SESSION TITLE
Transition from Crisis into Recovery: Long-Term Resilience Building

SESSION DESCRIPTION
This presentation will address the ways in which our personal and professional lives are affected by the experience of a long-term and complex “disaster cascade”, and the mental, emotional, and other resources necessary to find resilience in our collective recovery process. Participants will learn about: a) current behavioral health concerns and patterns relative to the phase of recovery we are experiencing, b) the physical and neuro-chemical processes at work that influence our behavior, decision making and interactions with others, and c) strategies for working through grief and loss and reconnecting with vitality in our work.

 

BIO
Dr. Kira Mauseth is a practicing clinical psychologist who sees patients at Snohomish Psychology Associates in Everett and Edmonds, WA, teaches as a Senior Instructor at Seattle University and serves as a co-lead for the Behavioral Health Strike Team for the WA State Department of Health. She also owns Astrum Health, LLC, and consults with organizations and educational groups about disaster preparedness and resilience building within local communities.

Dr. Mauseth has provided training to community groups and professionals both regionally and abroad as the co-developer of the Health Support Team program. Her work and research focus on disaster behavioral health, resilience, and recovery from trauma as well as small and large-scale critical incident response and preparation for organizations. She has worked abroad extensively with disaster survivors and refugees and has trained first responders and health care workers throughout Puget Sound the United States, and currently serves in the adult mental health clinical seat on Washington State’s Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (DMAC).

Dr. Gigliana Melzi

A Strength-Based Perspective: Learning from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

Dr. Gigliana Melzi

A Strength-Based Perspective: Learning from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

Dr. Gigliana Melzi
Associate Professor, Department of Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt

SESSION TITLE
Learning from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

SESSION DESCRIPTION
All children enter formal learning situations with a wealth of resources drawn from their everyday experiences that helps them participate and succeed academically. All too often, however, educators are unaware of these cultural funds of knowledge, failing to draw upon them to support children’s learning. This is especially true for children from ethno-culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and other communities underrepresented in normative developmental research.  Without recognizing and leveraging children’s funds of knowledge, the most well-intentioned educational efforts become prescriptive and marginalize even further children from ethno-culturally, linguistically diverse and low-income communities. In this presentation, we will discuss ways in which we can leverage young Latine children’s funds of knowledge to support their early literacy development. In doing so, we move away from the deficit lens so often used to understand their development and learning and embrace a strength-based perspective to ensure a more equitable path for their learning.

BIO
Gigliana Melzi is Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Affiliated Faculty of Latinx Studies and of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. Dr. Melzi’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of cultural and linguistic practices and their relation to children’s early development and learning, in particular that of dual-language learners from immigrant Latine/x communities in the US. Dr. Melzi’s research has been funded by National Institute of Child Health & Development (NICHD), National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, The Spencer Foundation, Brooke Astor Foundation, Brady Education Foundation, and the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Camille Llanes-Fontanilla, MPA

Purpose, Passion & Power: Uplifting Community-Centered Approaches That Connect Families and Neighbors to Drive Community Change

Camille Llanes-Fontanilla, MPA

Purpose, Passion & Power: Uplifting Community-Centered Approaches That Connect Families and Neighbors to Drive Community Change

Camille Llanes-Fontanilla
VP of Silicon Valley Programs at Sobrato Philanthropies

SESSION TITLE
Purpose, Passion & Power: Uplifting community-centered approaches that connect families and neighbors to drive community change

SESSION DESCRIPTION
Uplifting community-centered approaches that connect families and neighbors to their purpose, passion, and power to drive community change. Hear from Camille Llanes-Fontanilla, a parent, grassroots organizer, and philanthropist who worked in and with family members and residents to address community needs in a place-based, multi-generational approach. Bright spots, key learnings, and real talk on the challenges will be unearthed. Come for a lively discussion!

BIO
Camille Llanes-Fontanilla is the Vice President of Silicon Valley Programs at Sobrato Philanthropies. She is responsible for the overarching vision and strategy for local giving across the Silicon Valley region. By developing trusted relationships with local nonprofits and uniting key stakeholders toward collective, community-centered action, the team will expand economic mobility for low-income individuals in the region.

Previously, Camille served as the Executive Director of SOMOS Mayfair, working alongside community members to spur resident-led solutions in education, economic justice, and neighborhood development. During her tenure, Camille led sizable organization growth; built deep partnerships; launched several initiatives; and attracted over $30M of investments to east San Jose. Camille continues to serve on the Board of Trustees for The Health Trust and SPUR San Jose and is a founding member of the Si Se Puede Collective.

Camille was born and raised in east San Jose and continues to raise two young children there with her husband, Ryan. She was once a youth leader, and continues to be a community organizer, facilitator, and bridge builder, to contribute to transformative movements rooted in equity and justice. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University.

Workshops

  • May 17th

    Celebrating the Power of Home Visitors!

    Leadership and Professional Pathways for the Journey Ahead

    May 17, 2022

    12:00-1:15pm EST

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    Celebrating the Power of Home Visitors!

    Leadership and Professional Pathways for the Journey Ahead

    May 17, 2022

    12:00-1:15pm EST

    Join us as we open this amazing day with our keynote speaker, Valora Washington!

    This past two years have been unprecedented. Through it all, the power, resilience, and excellence of home visitors has been critical for countless families and young children. Looking ahead, we know it will take all of us working together to welcome the new beginnings that are possible post-pandemic. Our current role is to take the essential journey that will make life better for all children and families, as well as for our profession. Today, let’s celebrate the power of home visitors – let’s think together about the leadership and professional pathways that are essential for our journey ahead!

    We begin the journey with the essentials we need to move forward: respect and honor for our colleagues who have shown so much strength under stress; information about who are children and families are, so that we can serve them well; and huge doses of courage, commitment, and compassion! Let’s talk together about moving from survival toward sustainability. Let’s leverage this moment into a movement. Each of us is powerful and resilient!

    Grounded in research underlying child development, home visiting frameworks, and the Alpha Generation (children born since 2010), this session offers participants opportunities to explore new ideas and engage in reflective practice.

    Speaker

    Valora Washington, PhD, CAE

    Celebrating the Power of Home Visitors! Leadership and Professional Pathways for the Journey Ahead

    Dr. Valora Washington
    CEO and President of The CAYL Institute

     
    SESSION TITLE
    Celebrating the Power of Home Visitors! Leadership and Professional Pathways for the Journey Ahead

    SESSION DESCRIPTION
    Join us as we open this amazing day with our keynote speaker, Valora Washington! The past two years have been unprecedented. Through it all, the power, resilience, and excellence of home visitors has been critical for countless families and young children.  Looking ahead, we know it will take all of us working together to welcome the new beginnings that are possible post-pandemic. Our current role is to take the essential journey that will make life better for all children and families, as well as for our profession.  Today, let’s celebrate the power of home visitors – let’s think together about the leadership and professional pathways that are essential for our journey ahead!

    We begin the journey with the essentials we need to move forward:  respect and honor for our colleagues who have shown so much strength under stress; information about who are children and families are, so that we can serve them well; and huge doses of courage, commitment, and compassion!   Let’s talk together about moving from survival toward sustainability.  Let’s leverage this moment into a movement.  Each of us is powerful and resilient!

    Grounded in research underlying child development, home visiting frameworks, and the Alpha Generation (children born since 2010), this session offers participants opportunities to explore new ideas and engage in reflective practice.

    BIO
    Dr. Valora Washington is an internationally recognized authority in early childhood education. She is known for conceptualizing, leading, and executing significant change initiatives impacting policy, programs, and practice in higher education, philanthropy, and national nonprofits as well as in local, state, and federal government programs.

    During her decade tenure as CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition, Dr. Washington advanced and professionalized the field of early childhood education with her leadership of the largest credentialing program for early educators in the United States, the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™. Accomplishments included 25% increase in applications, 42% increases in renewals, and 107% decline in appeals. New initiatives include the establishment of 6 national conferences; The CDA Gold Standard Certification for training institutions; international programs in China, Egypt, UAE, and Panama; on-line application processes (which grew from 0 to almost 90%); new Essential’s text and workbook; cyber sales; review-observe-reflect verification visit system; white paper series; high school CDA programs; renewal amnesty programs; outreach and assessments in up to 23 languages; and alumni group.

    Dr. Washington is considered a pioneer in early education, having been named as a Legacy Leader by the Center for Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), for having shaped the early childhood education field, having a unique perspective on the history and context of today’s policy initiatives, and for developing strategies to address the issues that impact child outcomes.

    Certified as an Association Executive and as a Credentialing Specialist, Dr. Washington co-founded Voices for Michigan’s Children, the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, and the CAYL Institute (a leadership development program for practitioners).

    She formerly served as Vice President at Antioch College and the Kellogg Foundation and as a tenured faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has held leadership roles with the Massachusetts Governor’s School Readiness Commission; Voices for America’s Children; NAEYC; Black Caucus of the Society for Research in Child Development; National Head Start Association Commission on 2010; Boston Children’s Museum; and Wheelock College.

    She was named one of “25 Most Influential Working Mothers” by Working Mother magazine, chosen as one of “Ten Outstanding Young Women of America” from among 62,000 nominations, and in 2018, named by Exchange magazine as Doyens (the most respected or prominent person in a field). Dr. Washington has authored over 50 publications including Children of 2010 and Children of 2020. She has also co-authored Ready or Not: Early Care and Education’s Leadership Choices – 12 Years Later; The New Early Childhood Professional; and Guiding Principles for the New Early Childhood Professional.

    In addition to a Ph.D. in Child Development/Education from Indiana University at Bloomington, Dr. Washington holds four honorary degrees and professional recognition from numerous organizations including the Barr Fellowship; Leadership Greater Washington; Boston AEYC; NAEYC Black Caucus; Cambridge Resource and Referral; Center for Adoption Research; National Association of Black Social Workers; United Way of Massachusetts Bay; and numerous others.

    How to Build Capacity From Within Your Team

    Program Sustainability - An Irish Perspective

    May 17, 2022

    1:30-2:30pm EST

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    How to Build Capacity From Within Your Team

    Program Sustainability - An Irish Perspective

    May 17, 2022

    1:30-2:30pm EST

    In this interactive workshop, the presenters will discuss the leadership and professional pathways afforded to Coordinators and ELS’s in Ireland. In ParentChild+ Ireland we believe modeling best practices are core values not only for home visits but also from within the workplace. Find out how we develop capacity within the national team and throughout each site to ensure we have a strong professional workforce who have opportunities to develop their skills set while moving up the career path within ParentChild+.

    Key Objectives:

    • Participants will understand the support and oversight given from the Irish National site to sites all over Ireland to ensure fidelity and quality assurance is adhered to.
    • Participants will gain a good understanding of how ParentChild+ Ireland builds capacity on a national level by modeling from the top down.
    • Participants will recognize the importance of continuous professional development and gain insights into key concepts that can be used within their own site for the growth of their team
    • Participants will gain a good understanding of peer-to-peer support and how collective Coordinators and ELS’s can overcome issues through community of practice groups and peer support sessions.
    • How ParentChild+ Ireland uses Community Action Research to improve standards and practices on a national level.

    Speakers

    Michelle Moore

    Michelle Moore is currently the ParentChild+ Senior Specialist in Dublin Ireland. With over 14 years of experience working for ParentChild+, Michelle started as an ELS, working her way up to Coordinator, and now supports all national sites from conception to delivery of the program, ensuring a high standard of training and quality assurance is adhered to. She holds an honors degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently completing a master’s in Business Administration.

    Maja Krpeta

    Maja Krpeta is currently a veteran ELS, working with ParentChild+ Docklands site since 2012. Maja started as a parent on the program and realizing the value of home visiting, she changed her career path to the early years’ sector. She now supports many new ELSs as they begin their journey in home visiting and has led out on many community projects that complement ParentChild+. She holds a Level 6 QQI full qualification in Early Childhood Education and is currently completing a QQI Level 6 in Core Pedagogical and Curriculum in Home Visiting.

    What in the World is Going on?

    What do we REALLY Know About how these Unprecedented Times Affect Young Children and Consequently, our Roles?

    May 17, 2022

    1:30-2:30pm EST

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    What in the World is Going on?

    What do we REALLY Know About how these Unprecedented Times Affect Young Children and Consequently, our Roles?

    May 17, 2022

    1:30-2:30pm EST

    Take a dive into the shallow end of the preliminary research on “pandemic babies,” with additional consideration to the impact the digital age has had on child growth and development. Participants will be presented with ways to critically consider what data should inform our practice.

    Speaker

    Cobi Dunn

    Cobi Dunn is the Florida Regional Director for the National ParentChild+ Center. She has been providing oversight to the Palm Beach County ParentChild+ program since she spear-headed its inception in 2009. For more than 25 years, Ms. Dunn’s work has focused on advocating for and educating children by leading programs that empower under-resourced families. During this time, she has provided professional development to Early Care and Education and Home Visiting Professionals on various local, state and national platforms. This is Cobi’s 10th year presenting at the National ParentChild+ Conference.

    Expanding Reflection in my Supervisory Practice – Session 1

    For Supervisors/Coordinators

    May 17, 2022

    2:45-3:45pm EST

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    Expanding Reflection in my Supervisory Practice – Session 1

    For Supervisors/Coordinators

    May 17, 2022

    2:45-3:45pm EST

    Early childhood work is hard work. Supervisors see the evidence of this every day. Research is showing that having access to Reflective Supervision (RS) is one way to lessen stress.  RS creates a safe, consistent place to share vulnerabilities, and collaborate for learning and it is at the heart of working and caring for young children and their families. This practice helps us stay committed to being curious, wonder about motivations, and challenge our own beliefs, biases and judgements. It helps us be more empathic and compassionate, and less reactive.

    This workshop will help you identify how you are already using reflective practices and how to expand and grow your skills.

    Speaker

    Wendy Bender, LCSW-R, IECMH-E®

    Wendy Bender, LCSW-R, IECMH-E®, is an Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and private consultant. She provides training on numerous topics in the Infant Mental Health field and provides Reflective Supervision/Consultation for individuals and groups across the country.
    Wendy had been with New York’s Greater Capital Region Infant Mental Health Association since 2008. She is a founding board member of the New York State Association for Infant Mental Health and currently serves as the Executive Director. She participates on a statewide leadership team of the New York State Pyramid Model Partnership and has chaired a workgroup of the Early Childhood Advisory Council, with a focus on workforce development.
    She worked for many years with Prevent Child Abuse New York, providing training and staff development for the Healthy Families New York Home Visiting program. Wendy has provided clinical social work in a high-risk maternity unit; she coordinated a “baby team” in Early Intervention and worked with preschool children with special needs and their families. She worked as a pediatric social worker at a physical rehabilitation hospital providing clinical services for injured and ill children and their families. She has more than 40 years’ experience providing clinical social work and reflective supervision.

    The Infant Mental Health Endorsement

    (NYS-AIMH Endorsement®)

    May 17, 2022

    2:45-3:45pm EST

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    The Infant Mental Health Endorsement

    (NYS-AIMH Endorsement®)

    May 17, 2022

    2:45-3:45pm EST

    The New York State Association for Infant Mental Health is one of 33 states and several countries offering The Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health®. This is a shared framework across all disciplines, who work with children prenatal through 6 and their families, to promote high-quality, relationship-focused practice. Learn how professionals are using this process to guide professional development and best practices, connect to other, like-minded professionals, and demonstrate  specialized expertise.

    Speaker

    Zahra Khalfan, MA

    Zahra Khalfan, MA is the Endorsement Coordinator for NYS-AIMH. She has an MA in Clinical Psychology and a Post Master’s Certificate in Parent Education and Guidance from Adelphi University. She worked as a research assistant and a case manager to support families affected by Hurricane Sandy. Since 2016, she has worked to build the NYS-AIMH Endorsement®

    Expanding Reflection in my Supervisory Practice – Session 2

    For Supervisors/Coordinators

    May 17, 2022

    4:00-5:00pm EST

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    Expanding Reflection in my Supervisory Practice – Session 2

    For Supervisors/Coordinators

    May 17, 2022

    4:00-5:00pm EST

    Early childhood work is hard work. Supervisors see the evidence of this every day. Research is showing that having access to Reflective Supervision (RS) is one way to lessen stress. RS creates a safe, consistent place to share vulnerabilities, and collaborate for learning and it is at the heart of working and caring for young children and their families. This practice helps us stay committed to being curious, wonder about motivations, and challenge our own beliefs, biases and judgements. It helps us be more empathic and compassionate, and less reactive.

    This workshop will help you identify how you are already using reflective practices and how to expand and grow your skills.

    Speaker

    Wendy Bender, LCSW-R, IECMH-E®

    Wendy Bender, LCSW-R, IECMH-E®, is an Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and private consultant. She provides training on numerous topics in the Infant Mental Health field and provides Reflective Supervision/Consultation for individuals and groups across the country.
    Wendy had been with New York’s Greater Capital Region Infant Mental Health Association since 2008. She is a founding board member of the New York State Association for Infant Mental Health and currently serves as the Executive Director. She participates on a statewide leadership team of the New York State Pyramid Model Partnership and has chaired a workgroup of the Early Childhood Advisory Council, with a focus on workforce development.
    She worked for many years with Prevent Child Abuse New York, providing training and staff development for the Healthy Families New York Home Visiting program. Wendy has provided clinical social work in a high-risk maternity unit; she coordinated a “baby team” in Early Intervention and worked with preschool children with special needs and their families. She worked as a pediatric social worker at a physical rehabilitation hospital providing clinical services for injured and ill children and their families. She has more than 40 years’ experience providing clinical social work and reflective supervision.

    Race Equity Framework

    A Panel on Organizational and Social Change

    May 17, 2022

    4:00-5:00pm EST

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    Race Equity Framework

    A Panel on Organizational and Social Change

    May 17, 2022

    4:00-5:00pm EST

    The ParentChild+ Race Equity Journey invites a panel of stakeholders to discuss the impetus, implementation and ongoing work defined in the organizational document entitled “Developing a Race Equity Framework for Our Work.”  Participants will hear from the committee that drives this work forward, staff who have advanced this work in their role, participants who have had their voices heard on organizational change, as well as learn about our organization’s dedication to eradicating systemic racism in home visiting, early childhood care and education, and family support work.

    Speaker

    Vidya Ragoo

    In the summer of 2021, Vidya joined the ParentChild+ National Center team. As Family Child Care (FCC) Director, Vidya supports the implementation and expansion of our FCC model across the nation.  Vidya believes in parent choice in child care and knows that the best environment for young children are small family-like settings that are reflective of the home culture and language.  Prior to working at ParentChild+, Vidya worked on the NYS QUALITYstarsNY team to develop and establish the State’s Quality Rating and Improvement System for child care programs.  She has been a community activist in her work around child care program development and the essential role it plays in improving life outcomes for children in the most vulnerable communities that face multiple toxic stressors.

  • May 18th

    Transition from Crisis into Recovery

    Long-Term Resilience Building

    May 18, 2022

    12:00-1:15pm EST

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    Transition from Crisis into Recovery

    Long-Term Resilience Building

    May 18, 2022

    12:00-1:15pm EST

    This presentation will address the ways in which our personal and professional lives are affected
    by the experience of a long-term and complex “disaster cascade”, and the mental, emotional, and
    other resources necessary to find resilience in our collective recovery process. Participants will
    learn about: a) current behavioral health concerns and patterns relative to the phase of recovery
    we are experiencing, b) the physical and neuro-chemical processes at work that influence our
    behavior, decision making and interactions with others, and c) strategies for working through grief
    and loss and reconnecting with vitality in our work.

    Speaker

    Dr. Kira Mauseth, Clinical Psychologist

    Transition from Crisis into Recovery: Long-Term Resilience Building

    Dr. Kira Mauseth
    Behavioral Health Sciences Consultant

    SESSION TITLE
    Transition from Crisis into Recovery: Long-Term Resilience Building

    SESSION DESCRIPTION
    This presentation will address the ways in which our personal and professional lives are affected by the experience of a long-term and complex “disaster cascade”, and the mental, emotional, and other resources necessary to find resilience in our collective recovery process. Participants will learn about: a) current behavioral health concerns and patterns relative to the phase of recovery we are experiencing, b) the physical and neuro-chemical processes at work that influence our behavior, decision making and interactions with others, and c) strategies for working through grief and loss and reconnecting with vitality in our work.

     

    BIO
    Dr. Kira Mauseth is a practicing clinical psychologist who sees patients at Snohomish Psychology Associates in Everett and Edmonds, WA, teaches as a Senior Instructor at Seattle University and serves as a co-lead for the Behavioral Health Strike Team for the WA State Department of Health. She also owns Astrum Health, LLC, and consults with organizations and educational groups about disaster preparedness and resilience building within local communities.

    Dr. Mauseth has provided training to community groups and professionals both regionally and abroad as the co-developer of the Health Support Team program. Her work and research focus on disaster behavioral health, resilience, and recovery from trauma as well as small and large-scale critical incident response and preparation for organizations. She has worked abroad extensively with disaster survivors and refugees and has trained first responders and health care workers throughout Puget Sound the United States, and currently serves in the adult mental health clinical seat on Washington State’s Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (DMAC).

    Stress, Burnout, and Gender

    Challenges Faced by Women & Caregivers during the Pandemic

    May 18, 2022

    1:30-2:30pm EST

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    Stress, Burnout, and Gender

    Challenges Faced by Women & Caregivers during the Pandemic

    May 18, 2022

    1:30-2:30pm EST

    The past two years of the pandemic have taken their toll on all of us, especially mothers and caregivers.  The pandemic has exposed the unique challenges women face as employees and caregivers. It has also uncovered the shortcomings of gender equality in the US. Mothers and caregivers report higher levels of stress and burn out, this is especially true for those who also work outside of the home. In this session, we will explore the varied impacts of the pandemic on women in the workforce. We will discuss some of the following topics: What are some of the causes of the Great Resignation? What does gender discrimination look and feel like today? Why do we think about gender the way we do? How does this impact our daily lives? Practical strategies to support well-being and time for reflection will be part of the session. This session is open to all.

    Speaker

    Leah Persky, PhD

    Leah has a passion for community education, public health, social justice, gender issues and all things politics. She has Ph.D. in political science & M.A. in international studies and conflict resolution. She has many years of experience teaching and working with and for non-profit organizations with a focus on community engaged teaching and learning, family life education, and social justice issues. Leah is the Family Life Education Manager at JFCS Minneapolis and an affiliate faculty at the University of Denver.

    Supporting and Recognizing the ParentChild+ Team Members

    Through Reflective Supervision and Weekly Meetings

    May 18, 2022

    1:30-2:30pm EST

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    Supporting and Recognizing the ParentChild+ Team Members

    Through Reflective Supervision and Weekly Meetings

    May 18, 2022

    1:30-2:30pm EST

    Providing individual and group reflection is a key component in the field of home visiting. These practices can be excellent tools to support staff members’ professional growth and development, while providing a positive environment for staff to share and reflect. Participants will see video clips of reflective supervision and team meetings to stimulate new ways to conduct these activities and to support professional well-being.

    Speaker

    Jennifer Abaid

    Jennifer Abaid is the Director of ParentChild+ at Boys Town South Florida and has been overseeing this program which has undergone 4 expansions in the past 11 years.  She has been in the field of social services and early learning for 21 years, 16 of those years in management.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Miami with a major in English Literature and minors in Sociology and Women’s Studies.  Her background also includes management experience in retail, real estate development, and as the owner of a My Gym Children’s Fitness franchise.

    Spark Giving!

    Joyful, Service-Minded Strategies to Empower Families and Connect Communities

    May 18, 2022

    2:45-3:45pm EST

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    Spark Giving!

    Joyful, Service-Minded Strategies to Empower Families and Connect Communities

    May 18, 2022

    2:45-3:45pm EST

    Emerging research continues to demonstrate that small acts of kindness and service offer a profound and measurable sense of connection, purpose, and compassion. This workshop will empower participants to tap into this powerful effect with practical strategies and creative tools to get started.

    Creating fun, meaningful opportunities for families to serve others can be a joyful opportunity to nurture social connections and a sense of purpose, all while making a meaningful difference for your community. Learn more about the many-layered and timely benefits family volunteer opportunities can have on youth outcomes, family bonds, and community culture. Explore a variety of strategies for on-the-spot and virtual family service opportunities that spark the spirit of giving and discover innovative tools that encourage big-hearted reflection and generosity long after your event has concluded.

     

     

     

    Speaker

    MiaLisa Millares

    MiaLisa Millares joined DGT in October 2021 as the new Executive Director with 10 years of leadership experience at two Minnesota nonprofits. Mia has worked with families, youth and children throughout her career and has a background in outreach, development, communications, and volunteer management. As executive director of DGT, Mia is excited about the opportunity to build partnerships with new organizations and to continue the mission of promoting caring, kindness, and family engagement on the local and national level.

    Understanding How Relationships Form the Infant and Child Brain

    The Neuro-relational Framework

    May 18, 2022

    2:45-3:45pm EST

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    Understanding How Relationships Form the Infant and Child Brain

    The Neuro-relational Framework

    May 18, 2022

    2:45-3:45pm EST

    This presentation is aimed at providing infant and childcare staff and home visitors with knowledge about Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, and in particular, about the unfolding nature of the infant brain.  The presentation will examine the ways in which relationships form the human brain – creating actual physical and chemical changes that for good or for bad, form the basis for mental – and brain health – in infants and children, and set the stage for who they become!  The POWER of Relationships and Adults Emotional Well-Being will be emphasized.

    Speaker

    Gerard Costa

    Gerard Costa served as the founding director of the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental and a Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Montclair State University.   He is a member of the faculty of the Infant and Early Childhood Development (IECD) Ph.D. program at Fielding University (formerly the ICDL Graduate School). He serves as a trustee and President of the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning, founded by Drs. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder, and has served as a consultant to ZERO TO THREE for the past 20+ years. He is one of the first 16 “Expert Faculty” selected by ZERO TO THREE in the new DC: 0-5 (2016) Classification system. He sits on several state and non-profit boards and was appointed by two New Jersey Governors to serve on the New Jersey Council for Young Children, where he headed the Infancy and Early Childhood Mental Health committee. He received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Temple University and was one of the first 16 recipients of the DIR certificate by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Serena Wieder.  He is a trained faculty member in the Brazelton Touchpoints Model and holds a “Self-Reg” Certificate from the MEHRIT Center in Canada, led by Dr. Stuart Shanker. He holds an endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Clinical Mentor, through the New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health and Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health. He led a 4-year Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health systems development project in partnership with Child Development Services of Wyoming and the Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Division and is the principal author of a 15 module Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health training curriculum. He led a multi-year training and consultation project with 25 Infant Mental Health mentors with South Dakota Voices for Children, and he led a strategic planning initiative with the Missouri Association for Infant Mental Health-Early Childhood. He has presented keynotes, workshops and trainings at hundreds of events and programs. Since 2018 he serves as the Coordinator of the Northeast Regional Terrorism and Disaster Coalition. He served as the Principal Investigator of the New Jersey Inclusive Education Technical Assistance (NJIETA) project, an $8 Million, 5-½  year project advancing full inclusion in New Jersey Public Schools. He is past president of the NJ Association for Infant Mental Health, and is President of the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL).

    He was part of a Zero to Three team that supported childcare staff in the wake of the 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Coast.  In the early 2000s, he worked with the Child Development- Community Policing program at Yale University, and he worked with New York and New Jersey programs following Superstorm Sandy.  He is also trained in Critical Incident Debriefing.
    Dr. Costa has been honored with numerous awards including the Christian Kjeldsen Champion for Children Award by the NJ Child Care Advisory Council, the Lucille Weistuch Early Childhood Special Education Award, by the New Jersey Division for Early Childhood (NJDEC), and the Golden Bell Leadership Award, by the New Jersey Mental Health Association. He has conducted presentations and trainings in 31 states and 11 countries, and he is the recipient of numerous awards. He is a NJ licensed psychologist and is the author of articles and book chapters on autism, infant mental health and professional formation. He is the 2021 recipient of the Weatherston Leadership in Infant Mental Health Award, from the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.

    Coping in 2022

    Emotional health or disorder?

    May 18, 2022

    4:00-5:00pm EST

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    Coping in 2022

    Emotional health or disorder?

    May 18, 2022

    4:00-5:00pm EST

    The past few years have brought much distress to people all over the world. With a global pandemic, economic concerns, social injustice, climate change, and war, there is much to cope with daily. When working with children and families, it is important to take these factors into consideration for the professionals who provide the service as well as the family members. The objectives of this presentation are:  1) Identify strategies that can be used to minimize distress, 2) Discuss differences between anxiety and anxiety disorders, 3) Describe depressive symptoms, and 4) List useful resources.

    Speaker

    Diane Kelly Andreou, Ph.D.

    Diane Kelly Andreou, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy and evaluation. She has worked with children and families for over 20 years, utilizing practical, evidence-supported interventions that emphasize individual and family strengths to facilitate positive change. Dr. Kelly’s experience in the evaluation of children and adolescents includes assessment of social, behavioral, emotional, intellectual, and academic functioning.

    Dr. Kelly received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. After completing her internship at the Oklahoma Department of Health, she returned to south Florida for a post-doctoral fellowship with the Child Protection Team at the University of Miami’s Mailman Center for Child Development. In addition to clinical work, Dr. Kelly has worked as a training director, continuing education provider, and clinical supervisor. When not at work, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and daughter.

    The Cost of Caring

    Nurturing the Nurturers

    May 18, 2022

    4:00-5:00pm EST

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    The Cost of Caring

    Nurturing the Nurturers

    May 18, 2022

    4:00-5:00pm EST

    The Cost of Caring: Nurturing the Nurturer, is designed to provide practical strategies to support, supervisors and staff, who bear witness to the stress and trauma of others, in their daily work. We will explore the concepts of Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma and Burn-Out, and identify risk factors associated with each. Participants will create an individualized self-care plan, designed to help manage stress and support their own health and wellness. Participants will be encouraged to identify, one self-care strategy that can be incorporated, their daily lives.

  • May 19th

    Learning from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

    May 19, 2022

    12:00-1:15pm EST

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    Learning from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

    May 19, 2022

    12:00-1:15pm EST

    All children enter formal learning situations with a wealth of resources drawn from their everyday experiences that helps them participate and succeed academically. All too often, however, educators are unaware of these cultural funds of knowledge, failing to draw upon them to support children’s learning. This is especially true for children from ethno-culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and other communities underrepresented in normative developmental research. Without recognizing and leveraging children’s funds of knowledge, the most well intentioned educational efforts become prescriptive and marginalize even further children from ethno-culturally, linguistically diverse and low-income communities. In this presentation, we will discuss ways in which we can leverage young Latine children’s funds of knowledge to support their early literacy development. In doing so, we move away from the deficit lens so often used to understand their development and learning and embrace a strength-based perspective to ensure a more equitable path for their learning.

    Speaker

    Dr. Gigliana Melzi

    A Strength-Based Perspective: Learning from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

    Dr. Gigliana Melzi
    Associate Professor, Department of Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt

    SESSION TITLE
    Learning from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

    SESSION DESCRIPTION
    All children enter formal learning situations with a wealth of resources drawn from their everyday experiences that helps them participate and succeed academically. All too often, however, educators are unaware of these cultural funds of knowledge, failing to draw upon them to support children’s learning. This is especially true for children from ethno-culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and other communities underrepresented in normative developmental research.  Without recognizing and leveraging children’s funds of knowledge, the most well-intentioned educational efforts become prescriptive and marginalize even further children from ethno-culturally, linguistically diverse and low-income communities. In this presentation, we will discuss ways in which we can leverage young Latine children’s funds of knowledge to support their early literacy development. In doing so, we move away from the deficit lens so often used to understand their development and learning and embrace a strength-based perspective to ensure a more equitable path for their learning.

    BIO
    Gigliana Melzi is Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Affiliated Faculty of Latinx Studies and of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. Dr. Melzi’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of cultural and linguistic practices and their relation to children’s early development and learning, in particular that of dual-language learners from immigrant Latine/x communities in the US. Dr. Melzi’s research has been funded by National Institute of Child Health & Development (NICHD), National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, The Spencer Foundation, Brooke Astor Foundation, Brady Education Foundation, and the Heising-Simons Foundation.

    Adapting to the Needs of Families in the Community

    May 19, 2022

    1:30-2:30pm EST

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    Adapting to the Needs of Families in the Community

    May 19, 2022

    1:30-2:30pm EST

    • Participants will :
      See how Ireland have adapted their curriculum and practice to become a more inclusive programme while ensuring fidelity to the programme.
    • Have a good understanding of the extra supports offered to the families on the Parentchild+ programme in Ireland.
    • Gain an insight to how Parentchild+ Ireland empowers and strengthens the parents/care givers capacity to enhance the Childs learning environment to the best of their ability.
    • Be more informed on the positive impact ParentChild+ has on families to ensure better outcomes within the community.

    In the workshop the presenters will discuss how ParentChild+ Daughters of Charity Community Services in Ireland engage and support families, in the home and within their community. This interactive workshop will include videos/photos and quotes from parents/caregivers as well as first-hand knowledge from one of the presenters who was originally a parent on the programme and is now an ELS. Participants will give practical examples of their responsiveness to families which participants can use in their own practice. See how Daughters of Charity Community Services have pivoted the programme to meet the needs of the families and the children they serve

    Speakers

    Sarah Kearney

    Sarah Kearney holds a level 5 & 6 in Early Childhood Education and has recently completed Level 7 Leadership for Coordinators. Sarah has many years’ experience of working in the early year’s sector and has recently trained as a facilitator for Circle of Security Parenting. Sarah has worked for Daughters of Charity Community Services for 8 years and in 2018 joined ParentChild+ there as Coordinator. Sarah is committed to growing the programme to ensure the families that are most in need in the area are given the opportunity to be involved with the ParentChild+ programme.

    Inês Torres

    Inês Torres holds a diploma in Nutrition from the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. She is currently in the process of completing her Level 5 in Early Childhood Education and Care in Dublin. Inês has vast experience in working with children from vulnerable families as part of a volunteer group in Portugal, she has worked with children as a nutritionist and also as a childminder. Inês is an active member of the community where she also volunteered in the parent-toddler group in her area. She was a parent on the programme ParentChild+ and that inspired her to join the programme in September 2021 as Home Visitor.

    Creation of the Caregiver Community Changers

    A Family Centered Design Process in Philadelphia

    May 19, 2022

    1:30-2:30pm EST

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    Creation of the Caregiver Community Changers

    A Family Centered Design Process in Philadelphia

    May 19, 2022

    1:30-2:30pm EST

    In 2020 ParentChild+ and PHMC project team were selected as one of four program teams to participate in the Philadelphia Parent Innovation Institute.  The Institute brought early childhood organizations and the families with whom they work together to learn family-centered design so they can strengthen family engagement in early literacy and language programs for Philadelphia’s youngest learners.  From January-June 2021, ParentChild+, PHMC staff and two ParentChild+ parent graduates worked collaboratively to identify program challenges to solve together. The process involved co-designing and rapid cycle learning to create high impact solutions that support quality early childhood experiences and meet the real needs of families with young children.  At the end of the project the team decided to pilot a Parent-Led Committee, called the Caregiver Community Changers. The purpose of this group is to give current and graduated families the opportunity to connect and receive support with transitions to Pre-K and Kindergarten, job training and participate in decision-making for the Philadelphia ParentChild+ program. Participation in the Parent Innovation Institute has deepened our commitment to incorporating parent voice in program operations and gave us new skills to ensure that we are doing that. The project team will present a short description of the process and participants will have an opportunity to ask questions of team members.  Workshop participants will be able to discuss key components of family voice in the Family Centered Design process.

    Speakers

    Katie Rubinstein

    Katie Rubinstein is an early childhood education professional with over twenty years of experience in the implementation of family support programs. She began by working with early learning programs to increase their capacity to serve low-income children and to address health and safety issues within their facilities. That program evolved into what is now Keystone STARS and Pennsylvania’s quality improvement system. In 2016, she became the Director of Quality Initiatives for the Child Development and Family services component of Public Health Management Corporation, serving as the lead for multiple projects with a shared vision of improving outcomes for young children. Katie’s diverse experience allowed her to develop a high-level understanding of the challenges that exist in ensuring all children have access to high quality care and early learning experience, especially for those who are struggling with the effects of deep poverty and other risk factors for success. She is dedicated to meeting the needs of families and the practitioners who support them.

    Anieka Mukhtar

    Anieka Mukhtar is a Site Coordinator at Public Health Management Cooperation (PHMC), ParentChild+ site in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Anieka Mukhtar brings a unique warmth and vitality as an educator and parent. Her choice to become an early childhood professional stemmed from the lack of viable options for her own children. Anieka opened a home-based center in 2007 which served families in her community for over seven years. She later taught at Bright Horizon School and became a center leader responsible for oversight of teachers, curriculum, and positive outcomes for children. In 2016 Anieka joined ParentChild+ as an Early Learning Specialist and then became a Coordinator in 2017.

    Malkia Singleton Ofori-Agyekum

    Malkia Singleton Ofori-Agyekum serves as the ParentChild+ Pennsylvania State Director. She has been overseeing the Program’s successful start-up in Philadelphia, as well as supporting sites elsewhere in the state and working on expanding into new PA communities. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Pennsylvania. As a program designer, leader and advocate in the fields of early childhood education and homeless services, Mrs. Ofori-Agyekum has dedicated her time and talent to serving underserved communities in Baltimore and Philadelphia.

    Math is Literacy

    May 19, 2022

    2:45-3:45pm EST

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    Math is Literacy

    May 19, 2022

    2:45-3:45pm EST

    This workshop addresses math learning through the lens of racial equity, addressing the need to support children and families in their existing family structures. You’ll learn about the Zeno Math approach, why we center racial equity, and our Five Zeno Practices, which are key for engaging families in the growing movement to spread the love of math. The intention of this workshop is to desensitize systemic stigmas and draw each participant and each program family to their best, innate, MATH SELF!

    Speaker

    Jermell Witherspoon

    Jermell, A native Seattleite is passionate about creating safe, inclusive spaces of learning and growth for marginalized communities. Jermell has been actively involved in equity and inclusion work for over 10 years. Jermell is passionate about dismantling white dominate systems of oppression that contribute to the killing of black bodies; bodies of color; and contribute to the deterioration of the experiences of the global majority. Jermell is a program manager at Zeno and is passionate about pulling out the innate Brilliance of Children and families of color, through Zeno’s work and learnings. Jermell believes that math is innately apart of our being and works hard to pull out the brilliance inside of every child he encounters.

    The Importance of Parent Voice on Boards and Advisory Committees

    How, When, Why?

    May 19, 2022

    2:45-3:45pm EST

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    The Importance of Parent Voice on Boards and Advisory Committees

    How, When, Why?

    May 19, 2022

    2:45-3:45pm EST

    After several years of wanting to engage home visiting customers in their work, the National Home Visiting Network—a network of leaders in policy, research, and practice—finally opened their Advisory Committee table to include parents in 2021. Hear from the network’s first group of parent leaders about bringing their experience as home visiting recipients to the discussions of the network. Learn why they wanted to join the Network Advisory Committee, how it felt to come into a group that was already established, the contributions they have been able to make to the network, and what their participation means to them personally. The network’s co-facilitator and parents will also share the practices that have been put in place to support their full participation, including on-boarding practices monthly parent leader prep and debrief meetings, mentors, and compensation for time and childcare.  Join the conversation about how to build parent voice and representation into all our work at the local, state, and national level.

    Speakers

    Regine Cherry

    Regine Cherry is a Parent Leader, National Home Visiting Network. She is the mother of a 4-year-old son. She is a graduate of the Nurse Family Partnership. She serves on the Local Leadership Group for Ingham County, Michigan, and on the Statewide Home Visiting Advisory Group.

    Nicole Loveless

    Nicole Loveless is a Parent Leader, National Home Visiting Network. She is the mother of five children ages 3 to 15. She is part of a home visiting program run by Native American Professional Parent​ Resources and serves on the community advisory board as well as the parent advisory board.

    Deborah Stark

    Deborah Stark is a Network Facilitator, National Home Visiting Network. She is the mother of three adult children. She cares deeply about early childhood and family programs and policy. Stark works with parents, program leaders, researchers, policymakers, and foundation leaders.

    Jennifer Vincent

    Jennifer Vincent is a Parent leader, National Home Visiting Network. She is a Parent Graduate of Leominister, MA ParentChild+ and a mother of two children.

    Windows, Mirrors and Doors

    Highlighting Underrepresented Populations in Children’s Books

    May 19, 2022

    4:00-5:00pm EST

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    Windows, Mirrors and Doors

    Highlighting Underrepresented Populations in Children’s Books

    May 19, 2022

    4:00-5:00pm EST

    In 2020, ParentChild+ studied the content of over 550 books used throughout our national network of sites. We discovered that 94% of the families we serve are families of color—but only 13% of our books had authors and illustrators of color. We also discovered that as recently as 2016, people of color accounted for less than a third of all children’s book characters, nationally. We all know storytellers matter just as much as the story. Without storytellers of color, children miss out on narratives that affirm their lives and the transcendent power of literature. As a part of our mission, we launched the Windows, Mirrors and Doors series to highlight the importance of representation in children’s books. Each installment featured an engaging group of panelists on topics such as representation of Black/African American, Latinx, Asian/Asian-American, First Nations and Individuals with Disability, in children’s books. This session is a continuation of this work and features ParentChild+ West Philadelphia Site Coordinator, Monica Allison and her book, Our Family is Different and author, Shirin Shamsi and her book, Zahra’s Blessing: A Ramadan Story.  Our Family is Different encourages conversations to help us all realize we are more similar than we are different, while reading about diverse representations of families. Zhara’s Blessing: A Ramadan Story, shares the story of a young girl and the unexpected blessing she receives during Ramadan.  We hope this session will spark interest and curiosity about characters and topics not often seen in children’s books as well as offer the audience an opportunity to reflect on ways to introduce content like this to families that they work with.

    Speaker

    Shirin Shamsi

    Shirin’s family left India during the Partition. Having lived on three continents, she views herself as a global citizen and now spends her time sharing stories with children of the world. Shirin and her husband have raised six children – three human and three feline -and reside in the suburbs of Chicago.

    Purpose, Passion & Power

    Uplifting community-centered approaches that connect families and neighbors to drive community change

    May 19, 2022

    4:00-5:00pm EST

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    Purpose, Passion & Power

    Uplifting community-centered approaches that connect families and neighbors to drive community change

    May 19, 2022

    4:00-5:00pm EST

    Uplifting community-centered approaches that connect families and neighbors to their purpose, passion, and power to drive community change. Hear from Camille Llanes-Fontanilla, a parent, grassroots organizer, and philanthropist who worked in and with family members and residents to address community needs in a place-based, multi-generational approach. Bright spots, key learnings, and real talk on the challenges will be unearthed. Come for a lively discussion!

Register Now!

Start your registration process for the ParentChild+ Annual Conference by filling out the form below.
The $240 registration fee includes:

  • Live access to over 15 unique keynote and workshop sessions. (If you are a ParentChild+ site, the fee includes registration for all site staff)
  • Live translations of keynotes and some key workshop sessions about home visiting practice.
  • Access to all recorded sessions.
* Note for ParentChild+ sites: Only one registration should be completed for all site staff who wish to attend. All conference correspondence will then be sent to the point person identified for your agency.

Conference FAQ’s

  • Save the Date

    The ParentChild+ virtual conference will take place from Tuesday, May 17 to Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 12:00 to 5:00 EST on the Zoom webinar platform. Please send calendar invitations to your team now!

  • Fees

    Registration fee is by site. The $240 fee gives all Early Learning Specialists and Coordinators at your site access to the conference content.

  • Where to Register
  • Payment Options

    After you register, a confirmation email will be sent to the designated point person with a list of detailed payment options. ParentChild+ accepts ACH, check, Zelle, or credit card payments. Check and ACH payments must be coordinated by emailing Dina Shahverdi at dshahverdi@parentchildplus.org.

  • Schedule and Conference Sessions

    Details Conference session details will be available in mid-April. Once available, we will share passwords to allow attendees access to webinar registration pages so they can select their individualized conference schedule. Passwords to access the webinars will be sent to you and your team approximately one month before the conference.

  • Workshop Submissions

    A reminder that workshop ideas and/or submissions should be received by close of business on March 1st. Please go here to submit a workshop proposal. If you have questions about the process, please email mmorrison@parentchildplus.org.

  • Live Translations

    We will be translating keynote workshops as well as workshops that are particular to the ParentChild+ home visit practice.