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Jim Tamm

Opening General Session
August 2, 2020 / 9:00 – 10:00 AM PT

Workplace Wellness - Building Culture of Radical Collaboration

Jim Tamm is a former judge and an expert in building collaborative workplace environments, with 40 years of experience in the field of alliance building and conflict resolution. As a Senior Administrative Law Judge for the State of California for 25 years, Jim mediated more than 1,000 employment disputes.

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Martha J. Bailey

Closing General Session
August 2, 2020 / 3:00 – 4:00 PM PT

Social Impact - Head Start: Changing Lives, Saving Public Funds

Martha Bailey is a Professor of Economics at UCLA and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Bailey’s research focuses on issues in labor economics, demography and health in the United States within the long-run perspective of economic history. Her work has examined the implications of the diffusion of modern contraception for women’s childbearing, career decisions, and the gender gap in wages. Her recent projects examine the short and long-term effects of Great Society programs. She has written numerous articles and co-edited two books, Legacies of the War on Poverty and A Half Century of Change in the Lives of American Women. Bailey leads the NSF-funded Longitudinal, Intergenerational Family Electronic Micro-data (LIFE-M) project and the Michigan Contraceptive Access Research and Evaluation Study (M-CARES) and currently serves on the editorial board of the American Economic Review and as an editor at the Journal of Labor Economics.

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Adrienne L. Edwards, Ph.D

Opening General Session
August 3, 2020 / 9:00 – 10:00 AM PT

Equity & Inclusion - Putting Intersectional Developmental Science into Practice with Infants, Toddlers, and Families

Dr. Adrienne L. Edwards is assistant professor and program director of Human Development and Family Studies at Winthrop University. Dr. Edwards earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Clemson University, Master of Education in counseling and development with a concentration in community/agency counseling from Winthrop University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in human development with a concentration in child and adolescent development from Virginia Tech. She is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). Dr. Edwards began her career as a teacher assistant in a three-year-old classroom. She worked as a mental health therapist and supervisor of a Child and Family Support Services program before entering academia. Dr. Edwards is former president and current board member of the South Carolina Infant Mental Health Association. She is an active member of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Dr. Edwards is a recipient of the NCFR Jessie Bernard Outstanding Contribution to Feminist Scholarship Paper Award. Her research interests include intersectional developmental science, family processes, family life education, and feminist family science. Dr. Edwards has published articles on these and other interests. She has given over thirty presentations at regional, national, and international conferences.

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Bridget A. Walsh, Ph.D., CFLE

Opening General Session
August 4, 2020 / 9:00 – 10:00 AM PT

Continuous Quality Improvement - Transforming Early Head Start Home Visiting: A Family Life Education and Family Life Coaching Approach

Bridget Walsh, Ph.D. was recently promoted to full professor of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. She has been a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) for more than a decade and in 2016 was the National Council on Family Relations CFLE of the year. In 2020, she received the Margaret E. Arcus Outstanding Family Life Educator Award. She started her career as a preschool teacher and remains committed to working with young children and their families particularly through early childhood home visiting. As a graduate student and early in her career she conducted studies in Head Start to determine how young children learn new words, particularly dual language learners. As an associate professor and now full professor, she had the opportunity to work with Early Head Start home visitors in Michigan and Nevada to write her second book “Transforming Early Head Start Home Visiting: A Family Life Education Approach”. She is currently working on projects about home visitor professional development, including coaching Early Head Start home visitors and home visitor wellbeing. She has more than 45 publications including outlets such as NAEYC’s Young Children, NCFR’s Family Relations, and Early Education and Development.

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Dr. Deborah Bergeron & Kent Mitchell

Closing General Session
August 4, 2020 / 3:00 – 4:00 PM PT

Early Head Start RISING!

Early Head Start is on the rise! Early Head Start access has steadily increased due to more funding from Congress, new partnerships and an increasing recognition of the importance of supporting young parents and promoting brain development and health prenatally to age three. However, nationally, there is a 500,000 slot gap between Head Start slots and Early Head Start slots. The need to strengthen the prenatal to five continuum of Head Start is urgent. Join this session to hear from the National Head Start Association (NHSA), including Deputy Director Dr. Deborah Bergeron, about NHSA’s Early Head Start RISING! campaign. The session will cover: 1) why Early Head Start is so important to our nation’s future, 2) what we need to do as a community to prepare for higher levels of Early Head Start enrollment, 3) how to advocate for expansion and support in Congress and in your region.

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