2020 First 1,000 Days – Pre-Conference


August 10, 2020

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PT

Live Online


Session 1

Essential Conditions for Successful Early Childhood Professionals

Kelly Woodlock, MS, Vice President, National Home Visiting – The Ounce of Prevention

We know that optimal family and developmental outcomes for children are largely dependent on the relationships, skills and consistency of positive interactions by center-based and home visiting professionals. To date, most research and efforts to improve the outcomes of early childhood services have primarily been focused on what practitioners do with children in the classroom or with a family during a home visit. But what is revealed when we look more broadly at the experience of practitioners in the field of home visiting and early childhood education today? What strategies emerge for improvement when we systematically examine the conditions of the organization and supervision that create the context of a practitioner’s work with families? This interactive session creates a forum for leaders and supervisors to explore common challenges and strategies that strengthen the impact of their role to optimize the experience and effectiveness of practitioners. It features current research, resources and strategies that improve conditions that support the success of practitioners in outcome achievement with families.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine current field conditions that impact successful staff retention and professional development of early childhood professionals
  • Identify the organizational conditions that result in high quality services and create an optimal environment of support for early childhood professionals
  • Explore best practices in supervision and professional development that build competencies and confidence in practice


Session 2

Compassionate Parenting

Paul Figueroa, Founder – Peace Enforcement LLC

Parents discover what compassion really is and how it really starts with being compassionate to ourselves. Taken from his full day training, you’ll learn the roadblocks, hurdles and challenges that often prevent this kind of parenting and discover ways to move through them so you, and your children, win!

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify common challenges to using compassion with parenting
  • Discover their primary road blocks
  • Articulate and know the benefits of Compassionate Parenting and be able to provide it in their parenting


Session 3

Landscapes for Learning: How to design optimal EHS environments

Louis Torelli, M.S.Ed., Co-Founder and Director – Spaces for Children

The design of the physical environment in Early Head Start programs has a significant impact on children’s health, learning and relationships. This session will review the principles, key components and strategies for improving existing and setting up new high quality classrooms and outdoor environments in EHS facilities. Content will include a discussion of the science of space planning, and how programs can utilize classroom and facility enhancements as an opportunity to improve program practices, teacher-child interactions and curriculum fidelity. The presentation will include before/after case studies of EHS classrooms and play yards, demonstrating compliance with HS Performance Standards, health practices cited in Caring for Children Basics and best practices in design. Session content will also include furniture space planning and selection, sink and toilet area design, and classroom design to support active supervision of children. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of master planning strategies for short and long-term classroom and facility improvements.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the principles, components and strategies for developing high quality EHS center-based environments
  • Identify the classroom and facility criteria for compliance with the Head Start Performance Standards and Caring for Children Basics
  • Identify resources for guidance and continued study on EHS classroom and facility design


The Vision

All children, regardless of their circumstance at birth, deserve a full and prosperous life.

The Mission

  • Support high-impact Head Start programs for children and adults by creating opportunities for collaboration, networking and information sharing.
  • Unite with state and national Head Start organizations to ensure regulatory and budget outcomes that support our work.
  • Champion the message that every child and family who succeeds makes their community a better place.
  • Provide resources to assist our members in compliance and professional development.

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