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Day 01 full schedule

September 12, 2022

Bridging Relationships: A Deeper Look at the Co-Created Intervention Experience

Child development, promotion, prevention, and intervention all occur within the context of a relationship. This plenary will examine the task of bridging relationships. What does the early childhood professional bring in terms of their experience and cultural lens to their relationships with children and families? Children and families are holding their relationship with the early childhood professional, relationship history, cultural lens, and much more. How do issues of social injustice, structural racism, microaggression, and implicit bias impact these relationships? Explore ways we can contribute to powerful and positive bridge building across and through our relationships.

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Presenter: Barbara Stroud, PhD Infant Mental Health Training Consultant, California Association for Infant Mental Health Inaugural President 2017-2019, Academy of ZERO TO THREE Fellows, California Endorsement –IFECMHS 0-5 Mental Health Specialist, IFECMH Reflective Practice Facilitator Mentor, Moderator: Eva Marie Shivers, JD, PhD, Executive Director, Indigo Cultural Center, Inc.

Communities of Learners

Extend and deepen your learning through interactive Communities of Learners sessions. ZERO TO THREE Faculty structure and facilitate peer dialogue ensuring a progressive focus from your reflections to application in practice with next step considerations. Join a community of peers in like roles or that cross disciplines. Choose from live facilitated options offered each day. -Multi-Discipline -Early Childhood Education -HealthySteps -Mental Health -Child & Welfare and Social Services -Early Identification and Intervention

II-A1, Intermediate-level: The Effects of COVID on Mental Well-Being and Relationships in Early Childhood Education

This Issue Intensive will start with a lecture to explain the effects of COVID on mental well-being and the importance of relationships. Participants will have opportunities to share their own challenges and experiences. The session will conclude with a brainstorming activity on how to advocate for and implement changes.

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Presenter: Birgit A. Monks, EdD, Union Institute & University

II-A2, Intermediate-level: Infusing Radical Healing in Diversity-Informed Training and Consultation for IECMH Providers Serving Immigrant Families

This session will highlight a consultation and training approach for infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) staff that serve immigrant children and their families. Participants will engage in conversations about adapting and using training approaches as tools for critical self-reflection, solidarity, and empowerment, especially when collaborating with staff who navigate layers of crisis and oppression.

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Presenters: Michelle Saulnier, MS, Erikson Institute; and Carmen Rosa Noroña, LICSW, MsED, CEIS, IECMH-E® and Ivys Fernández-Pastrana, JD, Boston Medical Center

II-A3, Introductory-level: Vital Signs of Early Relational Health: Advancing Emotional Connections Through Reach Out and Read

Early relational health (ERH) research demonstrates the importance of the quality of the parent-child relationship to the health and wellbeing of both members of the dyad. Reach Out and Read is exploring the integration of observation and promotion of emotional connection into pediatric well-child care.

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Presenters: David Willis, MD, FAAP, Center for the Study of Social Policy; Nikki Shearman, PhD, Reach Out and Read; and Dani Dumitriu, MD, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, , Columbia University

II-A4, Introductory-level: A Targeted Approach to Intensive Family Engagement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Early Learning Programs

This session will explore Targeted Supports, a data-driven, intensive family engagement (IFE) approach implemented in early childhood education programs. Participants will identify concrete system- and program-level strategies designed to support and optimize IFE practice and begin to build a logic model and action plan for their own program’s IFE work.

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Presenters: Michelle Lee, LCPC, I/IECMH-C, Demi Siskind, PhD, and Caroline Kritzalis MPH, LCSW, Start Early/Educare Learning Network

II-A5, Intermediate-level: Addressing the Heart of Compassion Fatigue

In this session, we will discuss professional quality of life and explore a 3-tier framework to address compassion fatigue in the workplace. Participants will have an opportunity to practice foundational skills to mitigate and prevent their own compassion fatigue and share in small group discussion.

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Presenters: Anders Kinavey Wennerstrom, MBA, ACC, CPCC, TICC, RYT-200 and Erin Kinavey Wennerstrom, MEd, NCC, LPC, IMH-E®, Raviant LLC.

II-A6, Introductory-level: Healthy Gender Identity Development in Young Children: What Does It Mean to Be Transgender and How Can You Support Kids Who Might Be?

This Issue Intensive addresses the development of gender identity, including how early the process begins (ages 2–3) and how parents and professionals can distinguish gender exploration with the emergence of a transgender identity. Suitable for early child educators and anyone interested in building a more inclusive world.

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Presenter: Brenda Blasingame, MA, Pritzker Children's Initiative / J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, Christy Olezeski, PhD, Yale Gender Program; Debi Jackson, Family Advocate, Gender Inc.; and Rebecca Parlakian, MA, ZERO TO THREE

II -A7, Intermediate-level: Guiding Principles to Enhance Relationships in Reflective Supervision: Expanding the Legacy of Jeree Pawl Through the Examination of Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Historical and current events in our country have prompted the infant mental health (IMH) field to be more intentional in its quest to invite authentic conversations about expressions of race, culture, and diversity within relationship-based work and the reflective space. In the IMH and reflective supervision and consultation (RSC) fields, there is a shared belief that an individual’s healthy growth and development happen within the context of trusting, consistent, responsive, and sensitive relationships. Honoring race, diversity, and ethnicity within these relationships is essential when working with and on behalf of very young children and their caregivers. Neglecting to attend to these and other aspects of identity disregards the individual’s full experience and can influence the development of trust and expressions of bravery within relationships. This Issue Intensive will introduce four guiding principles of diversity-informed RSC that can enhance learning and well-being, and that reflect and honor Jeree Pawl’s legacy by inviting deeper examination of “How You Are” within RSC relationships. Further, we will use tenets of Critical Race Theory (CRT) to consider the role of race and identity—which are integral to “How You Are”—within RSC. This workshop is a result of our own intentionality toward cultivating an antiracist stance within our work as reflective consultants, trainers, and teachers and represents our perspectives of RSC, CRT, and IMH that have deepened over the course of our own professional and personal growth.

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Presenters: Karol Wilson, LMSW, IMH-E®, Partnering With Parents Program, Starfish Family Services; and Carla C. Barron, PhD, MSW, LMSW, IMH-E® (IV), Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, Wayne State University

BT-A1, Introductory-level: Leveraging Pediatric Primary Care to Promote Equity in Children’s Relational and Mental Health and Mitigate Adversity

The pediatric well visit is a high-yield context for fostering relationships, preventing and mitigating impacts of childhood adversity and mental health problems, and for building resilience and well-being. This talk will present new relevant research and validated digital tools, and share engagement lessons learned to bolster pediatric care.

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Presenter: Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH, Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative

BT-A2, Introductory-level: Centering the Family by Incorporating "From Tiny to Toddler" Into Pediatric Residency Training

Learn about an initiative that introduces pediatric trainees to ZERO TO THREE's "From Tiny to Toddler" materials in which they are given the opportunity to reflect on and apply the unique and complementary lens of the materials and incorporate what they learn into their emerging practice of caring for newborns and their caregivers.

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Presenter: Kirsten Roberts, MD, MS, NYC Health + Hospitals, Jacobi Medical Center

BT-A3, Intermediate-level: Early Brain Development and The Cradle to Prison Pipeline: Early Experiences Impact Outcomes

Hear how Northwestern State University early childhood education majors engage in service learning by working with families living in poverty to strengthen family literacy in our community. Consider how you positively impact young children's development in your communities through family literacy intervention and culturally responsive practices.

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Presenter: Michelle Fazio Brunson, EdD, Northwestern State University

BT-B1, Introductory-level: Nosotros Jugamos: Culturally and Linguistically Sensitive Cooperative Learning Caregiver-Infant/Toddler Groups for the Latinx Community

Nosotros Jugamos is a culturally responsive and evidence-informed Spanish language parent-child play and parenting support group. This session will orient participants to this cooperative learning caregiver-infant/toddler group model, including its infant and early childhood mental health, culturally and linguistically sensitive, and child development psychoeducation components.

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Presenters: Erin Flanagan, MA, BCBA, Mariana Cerqueira, MD, MA, and Elizabeth Rubio, MA, University of Denver

BT-B5, Introductory-level: EHR-->EI: A Systems Integration Approach to Reducing Inequities in Early Intervention Referrals and Increasing Retention

The NYC Early Intervention Program and NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H) collaborated to reduce racial inequities in early intervention (EI) referrals and retention. The collaborators incorporated the EI referral form into the EPIC EHR and implemented bi-directional data exchange and follow-up, expanding from three sites during 2021 to more than 20 sites in February 2022.

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Presenters: Tania E. Corporan and Katharine H. McVeigh, PhD, MPH, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; and Nura Anwar, MPH, NYC Health + Hospitals

BT-B6, Intermediate-level: Where to Start? Growing the Infant Mental Health Workforce From Scratch

Building an infant mental health workforce is no easy task—the landscape and readiness of every community differs. Learn how Hawaii is combining both policy and practice to effectively build its workforce and gain a greater understanding of the field serving your community.

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Presenters: Erin Henderson Lacerdo, LCSW, IMH-E®, Association for Infant Mental Health in Hawaii; and Justina Acevedo-Cross, MPP, Hawaii Community Foundation

LS-A1, Introductory-level: Nurturing Problem Solvers: Supporting Early Math Skills in a Toddler/Preschool Setting

For toddlers, “doing math” means engaging in play. Discover ways to bring this playful learning to your toddler/preschool program. Explore early numeracy activities that spark curiosity, joy, and mastery across six math domains, and discover how equity principles are a key part of early math instruction.

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Presenters: Rebecca Parlakian, MEd, ZERO TO THREE, and Jie-Qi Chen, PhD, Erikson Institute, Chicago IL

LS-A2, Intermediate-level: From Doulas to DC:0– 5: Creating Equitable Mental Health Policy Requires New Relationships

This session will explore how cross-sector tables can advance equitable prenatal–5 mental health policies. Washington State’s Medicaid authority and its partners will share experiences collaborating with providers and families to create change. We will discuss early successes, implementation lessons, and the role of public-private partnerships in policy change.

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Presenters: Kimberly Gilsdorf, Perigee Fund; Kristin Wiggins, Policy and Advocacy Consultant; Jasmyne “Jazzy B” Bryant, Birth Justice Organizer at Surge Reproductive Justice and Full Spectrum Doula; Christine Cole, LICSW, IMH-E® and Kiki Fabian, Washington State Health Care Authority

Day 02 full schedule

September 13, 2022

Elevating Racial Equity in the First 1,000 Days: Protecting, Promoting, and Preserving the Health, Wealth, and Learning of Our Families and Babies

Framed through the 3Ps Equity Framework of Protecting, Promoting, and Preserving, this presentation identifies and elevates the cultural wealth of Black families and other families of color as they continue to deal with the global pandemic, systemic racism, and other inequities. Professionals must attend to child and family healthy supports, economic stability, and upward mobility as well as equitable access, experiences, and outcomes in early learning spaces for young children and their families. Examine how you protect babies and families from trauma and stress; promote their health, wealth, and educational excellence; and preserve their cultural identity and assets. Engage in the uncomfortable truths while recognizing the opportunity for transforming early childhood education to meet the needs of children, families, educators, and communities.

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Presenter : Iheoma U. Iruka, PhD, Department of Public Policy, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG), and Equity Research Action Coalition at FPG, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Moderator: Michael R. Olenick, PhD, Med, President and CEO for The Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) and Board Member of ZERO TO THREE

Communities of Learners

Extend and deepen your learning through interactive Communities of Learners sessions. ZERO TO THREE Faculty structure and facilitate peer dialogue ensuring a progressive focus from your reflections to application in practice with next step considerations. Join a community of peers in like roles or that cross disciplines. Choose from live facilitated options offered each day. -Multi-Discipline -Early Childhood Education -HealthySteps -Mental Health -Child & Welfare and Social Services Early Identification and Intervention

II-B1, Intermediate-level: Toward the Creation of a Racially and culturally Specific Understanding and Measurement of Black Caregivers’ Internal Working Models of Their Children

Discuss the modification of an existing proxy measurement of attachment—the Working Model of the Child Interview—to explore how Black caregivers' racial and environmental experiences impact their representations of their Black children. Presenters will highlight the need for new methods and frameworks in researching Black attachment relationships.

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Presenters: Haley Peele, MA, MS, California Pacific Medical Center; Ashlee Yates Flanagan, MA, MS, and Monica Daniels, MS, MHS, Tulane University

II-B2, Intermediate-level: Gender Splendor: Gender Diversity and Socialization in Infant and Early Childhood

"Gender Splendor" explores the importance of examining the ways in which gender as a social construct shapes our work with children, from prenatal period onwards, and their families, celebrates the splendor of gender diversity, and engages participants about the implications on infant and early childhood work and field.

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Presenters: Nucha Isarowong, PhD, LCSW IMH-E®, Barnard Center for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health; Carmen Rosa Noroña, LICSW, MsED, CEIS, IECMH-E®, Boston Medical Center; and Maria St. John, PhD, MFT, Infant Parent Program, University of California San Francisco.

II-B3, Intermediate-level: Multicultural Interdisciplinary Care Model for Foster Children: Integrative Approach to Health, Mental Health, and Neurodevelopment

Early adversity can have cascading effects across numerous domains of development. To advance the care of children, this session will provide research on the development and implementation of a culturally informed interdisciplinary care model for foster children that integrates prenatal and postnatal risk factors, health, physical growth, and neurodevelopment.

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Presenters: Maria Kroupina, PhD, LP, Judith K. Eckerle, MD, and Kimara L. Gustafson, MD, MPH, University of Minnesota

II-B4, Intermediate-level: Prenatal and Postpartum Strategies to Support Native American Infants and Families Affected by Prenatal Substance Exposure

Discuss Tribal Family Wellness Plan Learning Modules, a series designed to empower tribal collaboratives to reduce the impact of substance use on pregnant and parenting families and prevent family separation. Explore action steps communities and tribes can take to implement Family Wellness Plan programs.

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Presenters: Teri Kook, Children and Family Futures; and Suzanne Garcia, Tribal Law and Policy Institute

II-B5, Intermediate-level: Building the Capabilities and Competencies of Early Childhood Professionals in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: A New York City Case Study

Review a major initiative building competencies of early childhood professionals in infant and early childhood mental health, in licensed outpatient clinics and across child-serving systems. Hear about the success of the three-pronged approach that links clinical services with training and a focus on business sustainability.

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Presenters: Evelyn J. Blanck, LCSW, New York Center for Child Development; Meaghan Baier, LMSW, NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy & Research; and Fatima Kadik, MA, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

IIB6, Intermediate-level: Innovations in Early Childhood Mental Health Assessment Training

It is critical to identify mental health and developmental needs and provide appropriate services early. Yet early childhood mental health (ECMH) assessment is rarely incorporated into provider training. This Issue Intensive will take a deep dive into three ECMH assessment training projects, including: a prerecorded overview, live Q&A, facilitated discussion, and small-group breakouts.

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Presenters: Karen Appleyard Carmody, PhD, Duke University/Center for Child & Family Health; Mindy Kronenberg, PhD, IECMH-E®, Vanderbilt Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody; and Megan M. Julian, PhD, University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry, Zero to Thrive Program

II-B7, Introductory-level: Nature Babies: From Children to Communities to Climate

Join a journey to explore the intersections between infants and toddlers, their communities of caregivers, and climate change. The session will bring both global and local perspectives on environmental impacts on young children and families. Discover tools for engaging with the early childhood community in nature and strategies for addressing climate change. Let’s come together to cultivate a healthier future for all.

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Presenter : Adrián Cerezo, PhD, MESc, Visiting Scholar & Fellow, Yale Child Study Center,Charmaine Godley, MEd, Children and Nature Network Moderator: Sheri L. Hill, PhD, IMH Mentor E® (Policy), CCC-SLP, Sheri L Hill PHD LLC - Early Childhood System Consultant

BT-C1, Introductory-level: Bringing Equity to Fragile Infants Using Interdisciplinary Guidelines for Discharge Preparation and Transition Planning

Whether you work in a hospital, pediatric clinic, early intervention, or a family support agency, this talk introduces the new National Perinatal Association (NPA) interdisciplinary NICU Transition and Discharge Guidelines. This session will highlight best practices to support the optimal outcomes for medically fragile children using a relationship- and community-based, family-centered approach.

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Presenter: Julia Yeary, LCSW, IMH-E ®

BT-C2, Intermediate-level: TREEHOUSE Program: Developmental Telehealth Coaching by Pediatric Providers With Low-Income Families With Young Children

The TREEHOUSE program promotes positive parent-child interactions through talking, reading, and play in low-income families with young children via developmental telehealth coaching sessions offered by pediatric practitioners. Learners will be challenged to consider novel ways to integrate pediatric providers into the Early Intervention community.

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Presenters: Kenneth Tellerman, MD, and Anna Maria Wilms-Floet, MD, Maryland Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics; and Margo Candelaria PhD, Institute for Implementation and Innovation, University of Maryland School of Social Work

BT-C3, Introductory-level: Hello Family: Improving Outcomes by Delivering a Suite of Services at Scale Through Pay for Success (PFS) Financing

This talk shares the extraordinary story of Hello Family. The initiative seeks to improve outcomes for young children and their families by providing a continuum of evidence-based services for all children (PN-5) born in the Spartanburg, SC, and linking contracting to actual improvements in families’ lives.

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Presenters: Bryan Boroughs, Institute for Child Success; Andrea Phillips, Maycomb Capital; and Chris Story, City of Spartanburg

BT-D1, Introductory-level: Anxiety Due to COVID-19 Among Preschool children Based on Parent Report

This study examines the psychological impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable young children in and around the metro Atlanta, Georgia, area. Specifically, it addresses whether the pandemic increased fear and anxiety in the sample population of children aged 3 to 5 years old.

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Presenter: EveLyn Wedge, MS, MA, LPC, The Early Years Matter.

BT-D2, Introductory-level: Digital Parenting During and After COVID-19

The Digital Parenting program was created in 2021 to connect parents with evidence-based parenting information remotely. The project provides access to a digital library of parenting messages and supports effective digital communication options, family-friendly approaches that allow parents to engage in their child’s development and establish positive parenting.

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Presenter: YaeBIn Kim, University of Nevada Reno Extension

BT-D3, Introductory-level: Ensuring a Sugar-Free Start: Preventing Sugary Drink consumption Among Young children to Increase Health and Decrease Health Disparities

In this session we will describe how marketing creates misperceptions among caregivers about the healthfulness of child-directed sugar-sweetened drinks, demonstrate how our campaign uses “countermarketing” to prevent caregivers’ provision of sugary drinks to their young children, and explain cost-effective strategies to utilize campaign materials in a variety of settings.

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Presenters: Frances Fleming-Milici, PhD, and Sally Mancini, UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Health

LSB1, Introductory-level: Relational Home Visiting Strategies to Support DEI Discussions Among Newcomer Refugee/Immigrant Families

This session is for home visiting stakeholders interested in engaging refugee/immigrant families using diversity, equity, and inclusion-focused books and relational engagement strategies. A panel of model developers, researchers, and refugee home visitors share preliminary findings from a pilot project conducted in a home visiting program at a Chicago-based refugee resettlement agency.

Presenters: Aimee Hilado, PhD, LCSW, University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice; Cindy Bardeleben, Baby TALK, Inc.; and Wahidah Abu Taib, RefugeeOne

LS-B2, Intermediate-level: Earlier the Better: How Collaborative Court Models Are Improving Outcomes With a Prevention Approach

Families in child welfare affected by a substance use disorder and prenatal substance exposure experience poor outcomes. Collaborative courts can help engage families early and prevent family separation. This talk will explore how collaborative courts achieve this goal through partnership, coordination, mitigating bias, and using a family-centered approach.

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Presenters: Alexis Balkey, MPA, and Ashay Shah, MSW, Children and Family Futures

Day 03 full schedule

September 14, 2022

Making the Case: Advocating for Equitable Access to High-Quality Early Childhood Services

Early childhood professionals know firsthand the need for more public investment to support equitable access to high-quality services and support for families with infants and toddlers. Sharing your experiences with policymakers and community leaders can be an important catalyst for change. In this session, Dr. Tiffany Manuel (Dr. T), President and CEO of the TheCaseMade will share her expertise in powerfully and intentionally making the case to improve systems. With a strong focus on racial equity and inclusion, Dr. T will share guidance on advocacy messages and strategies that can help you to effectively advocate for what infants and toddlers need in your community.

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Presenter: Dr. Tiffany Manuel, TheCaseMade Moderator: Miriam Calderon, Chief Policy Officer, ZERO TO THREE

Communities of Learners

Extend and deepen your learning through interactive Communities of Learners sessions. ZERO TO THREE Faculty structure and facilitate peer dialogue ensuring a progressive focus from your reflections to application in practice with next step considerations. Join a community of peers in like roles or that cross disciplines. Choose from live facilitated options offered each day. -Multi-Discipline -Early Childhood Education -HealthySteps -Mental Health -Child & Welfare and Social Services -Early Identification and Intervention

II-C1, Intermediate-level: Making Your Program Data Work for You: Planning Intentional, Data-Informed Embedded Professional Development

Journey through the data cycle with Educare Lincoln. Learn how school leaders have utilized program data to guide them in the implementation of embedded professional development. Attendees will have an opportunity to explore a data dialogue and practice planning embedded professional development routines.

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Presenter: Jessica Haremza Diop, MEd, Start Early

II-C2, Intermediate-level: Centering Equity, Cultivating Liberation: Transforming the Landscape of Reflective Practice

This session will share the vision, implementation strategy, and lessons learned from the BIPOC Community of Leaders in Reflective Practice in King County, Washington. The session will highlight leaders' stories of personal-professional transformation and invite session participants to imagine possibilities for uplifting BIPOC voices and wisdom towards equity and liberation.

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Presenters: Monica Mathur-Kalluri, OTD, OTR, WestEd; Alicia Martinez, MSW, LICSW, IMH-E®, Best Starts for Kids; and Biren (Ratnesh) A. Nagda, PhD, MSW, IDEALeadership LLC

IIC3, Intermediate-level: HealthySteps as Behavioral Health Prevention and Promotion—Guidance for Your Practice

The natural inclination of a behavioral health provider in primary care pediatrics is to be crisis driven, as the most urgent patient’s care naturally rises to the top. Framing HealthySteps as behavioral health prevention and promotion counters this tendency. Approaching care in this manner is even more essential now given the exponential stress of the pandemic. This session explores strategies for navigating this challenge and focusing on population health through case-based discussions and clinical vignettes.

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Presenter: Laura Krug, LCSW, HealthySteps, ZERO TO THREE

II-C4, Introductory-level: What You Do Next Matters: Discussions on Implicit Bias and Its Lasting Impact on Development

Explore a video produced to facilitate discussion around implicit bias’s lasting impact on a young child’s development. Increase your awareness of your own biases while also developing strategies to continue this important conversation to advance equity at your workplace and beyond.

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Presenters: Desiree Yoro Yoo, LCSW, CA-IFECMH, RPF II, and Adriana E. Molina, MS, LMFT, IFECMHS, RPFII, Childrens Institute

II-C5, Intermediate-level: The Cultural Implications of Nature Sensory Play to Promote Diversity-Informed Infant Mental Health Practices

This Issue Intensive addresses the importance of recognizing the benefits of early engagement with nature-based sensory play therapy interventions to promote social, emotional, and cognitive development in young children. Explore the implications related to lack of access to green spaces within marginalized cultures.

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Presenter: Harleen Hutchinson, PsyD, The Journey Institute, and Janet A. Courtney, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S, Developmental Play & Attachment Therapies

II-C6, Intermediate-level: IECMH Clinical Workforce Diversity Collective

This Issue Intensive summarizes the work of the IECMH Clinical Workforce Diversity Collective in a reflective conversation and engages participants about barriers and opportunities to IECMH training and education that integrate and center the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and professionals, families, and communities of color (BIPOC) across disciplines and service sectors.

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Presenters: Nucha Isarowong, PhD, LCSW, IMH-E®, Barnard Center for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health; Carmen Rosa Noroña, LICSW, MSW, MEd, CEIS, IECMH-E®, Boston Medical Center; and Jennifer Boss, MSW, ZERO TO THREE

II-C7, Introductory-level: Innovative Leaders Making a Powerful Difference: IECMH Emerging Leadership Awardees

Meet the 2022 Emerging Leadership Awardees who are creating new ways to impact infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) practices, policies, and systems. Dialogue with the awardees about their passion for this work. Be inspired by the contributions they hope to make. Reflect on your own professional journey with the insights and resources you will gain from this Issue Intensive. Presenters: Erin Henderson Lacerdo, LCSW, IMH-E® Clinical, Association for Infant Mental Health (AIMH) Hawai‘I; Callan Wells, MS, Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS); and Holly Hatton-Bowers, PhD, University of Nebraska-LincolnModerator: Lynette Aytch, PsyD, Leadership Development Institute, ZERO TO THREE

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Presenters: Award winners will be announced in July •2022 Awardee for Policy •2022 Awardee for Practice •2022 Awardee for Research

BT-E1, Introductory-level: Providing Comprehensive Primary Health Care to Infants Involved in the Child Welfare System

The Connections for Kids Clinic (CFKC) is a medical home for infants who are in kinship or foster care. CFKC is comprised of multidisciplinary professionals with expertise caring for the unique health care issues facing these infants. The presenters will provide an overview of those issues and offer CFKC’s team-based approach to care.

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Presenters: Giovanni Billings, PsyD, James Kaferly III, MD, and Jaime Maroney, LCSW, Denver Health Medical Center

BT-E2, Introductory-level: A Head Start on Housing for Young Families

The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood and the Connecticut Department of Housing will explain how to build a partnership to streamline access to Housing Choice Vouchers and housing search assistance for homeless and precariously housed families participating in Head Start and Early Head Start.

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Presenters: Ruth White and Jamole Callahan, National Center for Housing and Child Welfare

BT-E3, Intermediate-level: Linking Infants and Families to Supports (LIFTS) in Montana

Learn how Montana's early childhood coalitions helped create the LIFTS online resource guide and magazine to increase awareness of services and events, with a focus on supporting families impacted by substance use and normalizing accessing help through storytelling.

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Presenters: Brie MacLaurin, RN, and Stephanie Morton, MSW, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, The Montana Coalition, Inc.

BT-F1, Intermediate-level: ECE Neighborhood Villages: Rethinking Early Care and Educational Infrastructure, Supports, and Capacity Building

The session will present the Neighborhood Villages (NV) model and advocacy efforts, to date. The session will offer detailed information about NV’s innovations and implementation strategies that can be considered by program administrators, policymakers, and researchers for developing early childhood education supports/innovations and facilitating practice and policy change.

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Presenters: Sarah Siegel Muncey, MEd, & Binal Patel, MS, Neighborhood Villages

BT-F2, Intermediate-level: Maine's Effort to Support the ECE Workforce

Across the country, child care programs struggle to recruit and retain qualified educators. This talk will focus on the key components of a successful private/public partnership in Maine that led to the governor leading a proposal to increase compensation for the early childhood education workforce.

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Presenters: Ana Hicks, Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future; and Todd Landry, EdD, Office of Child and Family Services, Maine Department of Health and Human Services

BT-F3, Intermediate-level: Tennessee First Five Training Institute: Three Years of Workforce Development in Review

The Tennessee First Five Training Institute (TFFTI) established a state-wide intensive workforce development project in 2019. In the 3 years since its inception, TFFTI has increased the infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) workforce by 500%, promoted conversations of specialized funding for IECMH services, and fostered Tennessee to adopt the DC:0–5 for assessment and billing.

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Presenters: Alison D. Peak, LCSW, IMH-E®, Allied Behavioral Health Solutions

LS-C1, Introductory-level: The Early Childhood Workforce Across Disciplines: Incorporating Experiences From Health, Child Welfare, and Education to Build a Sustainable Workforce

The early childhood workforce experiences system challenges across health care, education and care, mental health, child welfare, and early intervention. This session examines key challenges across disciplines—compensation, burnout, safety, and retention, which undermine workforce effectiveness, exacerbated by the pandemic. It highlights strategies for policymakers and program directors.

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Presenter: Megan Carolan, Institute for Child Success

LS-C2, Intermediate-level: Competency-Based Coaching and Mentoring: Equity Levers for Leadership Development in the Infant-Toddler Workforce

This session highlights novel, competency-based approaches to infant-toddler practitioner coaching and mentoring developed by two Illinois institutions. Participants will learn how unique, intentionally designed coaching and mentoring models create rich and engaged learner experiences, expand higher education and workplace partnerships, and support quality infant-toddler programming.

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Presenters: Erika Gustafson Dietz, MS, Erikson Institute; and Johnna Darragh-Ernst, Heartland Community College

Day 04 full schedule

September 15, 2022

Advancing Equity for Young Children from Zero to Three

The pandemic has been an equity disaster for our youngest learners, particularly those of color and those from low-income backgrounds. The time is now to use evidence-based strategies rooted in fairness and cultural competence to re-imagine how to best provide access to developmental screening, early intervention services, and quality early childhood education in underserved communities and on college campuses. Bringing a moving personal narrative and experience that ranges from classroom teacher to U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. King is a strong voice for equity, justice, and opportunity. He will help us be inspired by and invested in the promise of a strong national future built upon the foundation of a high-quality education for each or each and every child.

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Presenter: John B. King, Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama and CEO and President of the national nonprofit organization, The Education Trust Moderator: Ernestine Benedict, Chief Communications Officer, ZERO TO THREE