2018 FECE – Education Sessions

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Session 1.1

Strengthening Family Financial Literacy Part 1: Building foundations to increase family financial security

Lead Presenter: Jessica Freeman-Torres

Co-Presenter: Brian Te`o

Co-Presenter: Arlene Cura

Agency: HHS/ACF/OHS Region IX TTA Network

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Ilima 2-3

Description:

In this session participants will understand how offering financial literacy and services to families promotes family well-being.  Included will be case studies from the field of concrete strategies that demonstrated to be effective with programs. 

 

Session 1.2

Cultivating a Welcoming and Inclusive Center Environment

Lead Presenter: Michael Tomas Mitchell

Co-Presenter: Dianna Ferrari

Agency: Acelero Learning Clark County

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Pikake 1-2

Description:

Families cannot be served if they do not first feel welcome among those who are trying to partner with them. This workshop will strengthen participants’ abilities to make each family in their Head Start center feel respected, included, and understood. Through frank discussion examining the implicit biases every member of society is conditioned to carry, participants will be equipped to recognize bias within themselves and their teams and, crucially, will learn how to overcome negative outcomes of that bias.

 

Session 1.3

Building Family Capacity to Support Literacy at Home

Lead Presenter: Jenni Brasington

Co-Presenter: Ernesto Rodriguez

Agency: Scholastic

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Maile 1-2

Description:

Empowering families to support literacy at home should be a key strategy in any program’s comprehensive literacy plan. Research consistently demonstrates family engagement has the greatest impact on literacy development and student success when families are able to take action at home that reinforces what their child is learning in the classroom. In spite of this research how to best help families support their children isn’t always easy or clear. This session is designed to assist participants understanding of how to develop and implement meaningful strategies that build the capacity of families to effectively support their child’s literacy development at home. Participants will engage in strategies that build family competence and confidence on the following skills: Read-aloud, Comprehension, Critical Inquiry, Vocabulary and Conversation Skills. Session attendees will leave with proven practices and actionable next steps to strengthen their family partnership work.

 

Session 1.4

Advocacy on Behalf of Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Families and their Children

Lead Presenter: Elizabeth “Biz” Steinberg

Co-Presenter: Bill Castellanos

Co-Presenter: Yvette Sanchez-Fuentes

Agency: Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Plumeria 1-2

Description:

This workshop will present an informative overview of the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Program administered by OHS/Region 12 in Washington, DC. Migrant and Seasonal Head Start provides services in 36 states serving 32,000 children. We will explore the growth of the program that began in 1969 as a birth to 5 program, share current demographics, family characteristics and program requirements which include both parents working 51% in agriculture. The program will celebrate 50 years of service in February 2019.

 

Session 1.5

Exploring the Link Between Family Outcomes and Child Outcomes

Presenter: April Morris

Agency: CCR Analytics

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Haleakala 3

Description:

How do you connect child and family data? Does family engagement impact child development? Join CCR Analytics to explore real world examples linking Head Start child assessment data with family outcomes data.  We will review a framework for doing integrated child and family data analysis, present the insights derived from the integrated analysis, and discuss how to use the data to guide program choices. This workshop will be lively and interactive. Come prepared to engage.

 

Session 1.6

Parenting Curriculum:  Exploring your Choice and Implementation Efforts

Presenter: Dr. Brandi Thacker-Black

Co-Presenter: Shelley Weatherwax

Co-Presenter: Arica Marshall

Co-Presenter: Jennifer Olson

Agency: HHS/ACF/OHS Region IX TTA Network

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Haleakala 4

Description:

In this NCPFCE session, participants will engage in a conversation based on the Head Start Performance Standard (HSPPS) requirement regarding parenting curricula.  The group will have the opportunity to discuss their experiences in choosing and implementing a parenting curriculum while sharing celebrations, lessons learned, and next steps.   Focus will also be on exploring additional resources for programs consideration as they choose, confirm, and implement a parenting curriculum over time.

 

Session 2.1

Strengthening Family Financial Literacy Part 2: Building family financial capability through community partnerships: helping families build wealth

Lead Presenter: Jessica Freeman-Torres

Co-Presenter: Brian Te`o

Co-Presenter: Arlene Cura

Agency: HHS/ACF/OHS Region IX TTA Network

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Ilima 2-3

Description:

Participants will discover strategies for forming partnerships with banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions. Learn how these partnerships can help families improve their money management skills, enhance credit knowledge, and increase savings.

 

Session 2.2

Strengthening Family Engagement 3.0

Lead Presenter: John Thomas

Co-Presenter: Amanda Loyola

Co-Presenter: Yvonne Jacob

Agency: Acelero Learning Clark County Head Start

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Pikake 1-2

Description:

This interactive workshop is a continuation of Acelero Learning’s movement from individual coaching to reflective group coaching and will provide concrete strategies and hands-on activities for engaging staff and families intentionally and meaningfully.  In laying the groundwork for positive child/family outcomes, the workshop will also highlight the core skills needed to enhance family engagement by building competencies in staff and parents.

 

Session 2.3

The Power of Play Through Music

Lead Presenter: Nick Young

Co-Presenter: Jen Stillion

Agency: PlayMotion Music

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Maile 1-2

Description:

This engaging and interactive early childhood music workshop introduces preschool teachers to the power of play centered music and movement for children. This music and movement workshop includes songs and music from African and Native American cultures. The teachers get hands-on training with methods and materials and learn how to implement enriching, interactive music and movement activities with their students. It also introduces them to Nick Young’s approach to early childhood music education and gives them guidance on classroom management techniques that are effective for preschool music time. No musical ability is required. Just the excitement and enthusiasm that you bring to your classroom environment every day.

 

Session 2.4

What’s with the Kid – Working with Difficult Young Children

Presenter: Ronald Mah

Agency: Consultant

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Plumeria 1-2

Description:

As participants begin to understand temperament, many of the negative judgements and fears about working with difficult young children can be set aside.  Participants will learn nine temperamental traits and how to make temperamental evaluations of children and of themselves. How to use the temperamental evaluation to create constructive experiences with the child; to minimize difficulties; and to empower the adult with logical and effective strategies for interactions.  How to diagnose learning styles of children; and how to diagnose adult’s teaching/parenting styles.

 

Session 2.5

Transition from Family Involvement to Family Engagement

Presenter: Judy G. Poggi

Agency: Poggi Designs, Inc.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Haleakala 3

Description:

This session will examine the difference between family involvement and family engagement. Family engagement includes an intentional partnership of all individuals working together to support reciprocal growth. Participants will review common family involvement strategies that can easily be modified to develop a comprehensive family engagement plan. To support programs, step-by-step examples will be introduced as a transition to designing collaborative learning experiences for families, children and staff. Programs will brainstorm and identify key principles and practices that focus on providing culturally welcoming environments; responsive and respectful communication; building strong relationships; and establishing various opportunities for social learning networks and communities.

 

Session 2.6

Making Connections from Family Engagement to School Readiness and Program Planning:  A Story of Outcomes

Presenter: Dr. Brandi Thacker-Black

Co-Presenter: Shelley Weatherwax

Co-Presenter: Arica Marshall

Co-Presenter: Jennifer Olson

Agency: HHS/ACF/OHS Region IX TTA Network

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Haleakala 4

Description:

In this NCPFCE session, participants will broaden their understanding of how connections from the classroom to the family and the program are made, and how together, they lead to programmatic practice change and growth for children and families.  The group will have the opportunity to interact with each other and explore the use of a NCPFCE resource to break down program silos and tell their story while measuring progress toward outcomes. The NEW Head Start PFCE Framework and Foundations for Excellence documents will be used as a core resources in this session. 

 

Session 3.1

Beyond Polite

Lead Presenter: Larry Campbell

Co-Presenter: Noorulhuda Hassoon

Co-Presenter: Natasha Neal

Agency: Catholic Charities Community Services

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Ilima 2-3

Description:

Does your organization have a defined vision and blueprint for building principles for cultural competence?  Many times cultural competence is thought of as a person’s good intention to not offend someone from another ethnicity, race or culture.  However, it goes way beyond that. Cultural competence is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures, being aware of one’s own worldview, developing positive attitudes towards cultural differences and gaining knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews.  It’s a journey rather than an endpoint.

 

Session 3.2

Educational Equity and You

Lead Presenter: Karelia Harding

Co-Presenter: Beatriz Marron-Molina

Agency: Oregon Child Development Coalition

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Pikake 1-2

Description:

This training will focus on defining educational equity and providing staff with reflective strategies and tools to better understand and address the needs of families that are furthest from opportunity due to systemic oppression, racism and more. By focusing on the myriad facets of identity and an intersectional approach to understanding equity, trainers will focus on how representation, language, cultural artifacts and storytelling influence our conscious and unconscious perceptions of ourselves and one another. This training will deliver new insights and offer family advocates and teachers opportunities to explore and reconsider their beliefs about power and privilege, and how we can reshape environments and reconsider individual behaviors to help achieve educational equity for our families.  

 

Session 3.3

Dealing With Difficult Parents

Presenter: Ronald Mah

Agency: Consultant

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Maile 1-2

Description:

Focus is on understanding and addressing the underlying emotional and psychological issues of parents or clients with issues with your program–that is, how and why they may become difficult; and how staff can best meet their needs through this awareness combined with appropriate technique, without compromising their integrity and needs. Included is how to have the difficult conversation with parents about their children.

 

Session 3.4

Coaching: Unleashing a Family’s Potential

Lead Presenter: Jessica Gallardo

Agency: Foothill Family Early Head Start

Co-Presenter: Amanda Inchaustegui

Agency: Novus Global

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Plumeria 1-2

Description:

For years, we have been inviting families to participate in the Family Partnership Agreement.  What if those agreements were clear, powerful, and owned by each family? What if those agreements actually came to fruition?  Together we will explore how to use a coaching model to help families craft their own vision and how to coach them into making it their reality.

 

Session 3.5

Helping programs connect and coordinate with Community Health and Wellness partners

Lead Presenter: Jessica Freeman-Torres

Co-Presenter: Brian Te`o

Co-Presenter: Shelley Weatherwax

Agency: HHS/ACF/OHS Region IX TTA Network

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Haleakala 3

Description:

In this session participants will understand key challenges around engaging community partners, gain information and access to resources to assist in developing and enhancing partnerships with key stakeholders.

 

Session 3.6

Engaging Families: Establishing Partnerships to Create a More Inclusive and Welcoming Program

Presenter: Dr. Deidre D. Jones

Agency: Youth Policy Institute

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Haleakala 4

Description:

It is important for educators to make conscious decisions about engaging parents/families in ways that reveal a profound understanding, using the anti-bias curriculum approach to early childhood education that sets forth values-based principles and methodology in support of respecting and embracing differences and acting against bias and unfairness. These efforts to establish positive relationships that ensure parent/family engagement is a continuing cycle of support creates a strong foundation of connection, particularly in the developmental years.

 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Session 4.1

Mobile Homeless Preschool – A homeless NAEYC preschool

Presenter: Danny Goya

Agency: Partners in Development Foundation

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Ilima 2-3

Description:

What started off as an attempt to provide essential needs to homeless families in Hawaii has blossomed into a comprehensive family education program that includes a NAEYC accredited preschool, fathers program, parent and adult education, and structured and intentional parent child engagement time. This workshop will show how the program was developed and the lessons learned over the years.

 

Session 4.2

Attuning to Parents’ Core Needs to Increase Family Engagement After Birth

Lead Presenter: Krista Olson

Co-Presenter: Claudia Bennetts

Co-Presenter: Cedrick Ondra

Agency: Family Support Hawaii

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Pikake 1-2

Description:

When families welcome a newborn, Home Visitors and Family Advocates may struggle to balance support for undisturbed bonding time with the need to provide timely guidance when it is needed most.  We will explore the evolving physical, emotional and social needs of parents and newborns in order to plan well-timed, supportive messaging to effectively connect with families in the immediate postpartum.

Many programs experience challenges connecting with families in the busy first weeks after birth, yet it is a critical time for building home visiting relationships and providing critical anticipatory guidance to keep newborns safe and healthy. We will explore evolving physical, emotional and social needs of parents in order to plan well-timed, supportive messaging that forges a strong connection postpartum.

Participants will have an opportunity for role play and for hands-on exploration of the many communication strategies adapted to new families to increase engagement within Early Head Start and other home visiting programs.

 

Session 4.3

A Second Look at Family Engagement: Motivating for Change

Presenter: Oscar Gomez

Agency: MAAC Project

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Maile 1-2

Description:

This workshop will provide participants with a series of evidenced based practices that are effective in making deeper connections with families from the moment they walk into our doors. Items that will be covered are Theory of Change, Trauma-Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, and self-regulatory framework, all with a strength based lens.  Families come to our centers with a lifetime of experiences, how we choose to interact and engage them in the early stages of their Head Start journey will pay dividends in the future for their children and their family. Simple things like affirmations, reflective listening, and rolling with resistance make for a more cohesive relationship. Change happens when parents feel a connection with their center and with Head Start staff. Participants will get to practice some key skills in building long lasting connections with the families we serve.

 

Session 4.4

Move Into Wellness

Lead Presenter: Jen Stillion

Co-Presenter: Nick Young

Agency: Move Into Wellness

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Plumeria 1-2

Description:

Move Into Wellness is a wellness and stress management program for educators and parents that includes a variety of tools using creative movement and mindfulness exercises to bring balance, health and joy into our lives. This program improves physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing, with easy group dance activities and other wellness practices including:

Creative Movement/Dance, Affirmations, Journaling, Visualization, Meditation and Mindfulness, Emotional Freedom Technique and Stretching/Yoga.

Move Into Wellness is designed for all ages and levels of experience. Participants will learn easy to follow dance routines to popular hits, fun dance games, and interactive team building exercises. They will also discover freedom in managing stress and anxiety and learn to feel better about themselves.

Move Into Wellness is a motivational program that gives tools to manage stress and inspires us to feel better physically, emotionally and mentally!

 

Session 4.5

Engaging and Supporting Korean Families in Cultural Context: Understanding the Influence of Korean Culture and Values on Education and Child Development

Presenter: Pyeongeun Kim

Agency: Home-SAFE/Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Haleakala 3

Description:

Culture is a strong part of education and a part of building a rapport. This workshop will discuss how to better engage and support Korean families in cultural context. With the increase of Korean population in the United States, an important job of educators is to acquire knowledge and cultural differences about Korean culture to support Korean children and families more intentionally. This workshop will begin with laying out the major components and values of Korean culture. Then, this workshop will connect those values to the perspectives of Korean parents on education and child development. Participants will examine how each value impacts on Korean families to create perception on education and child development. Lastly, this workshop will provide practical strategies for how to better support and engage with Korean families, understanding cultural aspects.

 

Session 5.1

RIX OHS Update

Presenter: Jan Len

Agency: Office of Head Start

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Ilima 2-3

Description:

Join with Region IX Office of Head Start, program manager, Jan Len and her staff to her the latest information from there office in San Francisco.  In addition to her updates, Ms. Len will answer questions, discuss trends and gather feedback from program leadership, parents and partners.  This will be a unique opportunity to explore ideas or concerns from your local community.

 

Session 5.2

Parent Community and Civic Leadership

Presenter: Marty Oliphant

Agency: Hawaii Children’s Action Network

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Pikake 1-2

Description:

The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) is an award-winning program that has been in existence for over 20 years across the nation and has been adapted for Hawaii.  Participants develop leadership and civic engagement skills including: public speaking and an understanding of government, media, and civic relations. PLTI helps families get informed, engaged, and involved in their neighborhoods, schools, and communities to improve the health, safety, and learning outcomes of children.

The goal of PLTI is to develop and support a culture of civic engagement across Hawaii, where parents and community members work side by side with policymakers to improve child outcomes.

No one knows what children need better than parents. Parents are the citizens with the greatest motivation to change their children’s lives, but ironically, their voices are often unheard in government and formal community systems. When parents are distanced from social change, the most deeply needed changes are often overlooked. PLTI aims to bridge the gap between families’ needs and governmental decisions. Parent voice is essential in a state where many families struggle to live sustainably.

 

Session 5.3

Partnering with Families to Create a Culturally Responsive Environment

Presenter: Patty Hinojosa

Agency: ReadyRosie

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Maile 1-2

Description:

Viewing families as equal partners and engaging them will dramatically improve connections with families, resulting in academic success and powerful family learners and leaders. Discussions and hands-on activities facilitate a deep understanding of the distinct roles of the staff and the caregiver, the importance of working together and the critical role a strong, family/school partnership plays in improving student and family outcomes. Participants will reflect on barriers and biases that keep caregivers and educators from fully engaging. Hands-on activities and self-reflections encourage educators to collaborate with families in meaningful ways to get to know families: their stories, the hopes and dreams they have for their children, and the strengths and assets they bring to your center. Participants will learn the stages of cultural competencies and how to use the strengths of the different cultures represented in the center to create a culturally responsive environment.

 

Session 5.4

Milk Matters: Supporting Families to Meet their Breastfeeding Goals

Lead Presenter: Krista Olson

Co-Presenter: Claudia Bennetts

Co-Presenter: Charlene Ishikuro

Agency: Family Support Hawaii

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Plumeria 1-2

Description:

Home Visitors and Family Advocates are in an ideal position to support and encourage families to breastfeed.  After exploring the tremendous safety net breastfeeding provides families, participants will master brief interventions to help mothers and babies breastfeed comfortably, and will be able to identify and assist with common challenges.  With simple tools and techniques, programs can improve child health and developmental outcomes by promoting evidence-based best practices in infant feeding in a manner that builds upon cultural strengths and acknowledges traditional practices.

 

Session 5.5

Positive Family Engagement Time

Lead Presenter: MoanaLisa Lupe

Co-Presenter: Charlie Cervantes

Agency: Institute for Human and Social Development

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Haleakala 3

Description:

What is quality engagement? Are staff feeling stressed in trying to get parents to connect? Let’s get together and talk about it in a cafe style setting. We’ll be sharing some of our strategies as we share our story of how we have quality family engagement in our program.

 

Session 6.1

Reaching the Hardest to Reach Families

Lead Presenter: Deborah Kanegsberg

Co-Presenter: Robin Sheiner

Agency: Vista Del Mar/Home-SAFE

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Ilima 2-3

Description:

There are always some families that are especially hard to engage in program services. Often these are families that have experienced trauma and have reasons not to trust agencies (like those who have been involved with the child welfare system, have mental health issues, have experiences with racism, are gender non-conforming, and/or have immigration documentation issues). Teachers, home visitors, drivers, supervisors, administrative assistants, and anyone else working in a Head Start or Early Head Start program can be a positive force for engaging families. This interactive workshop will take a holistic program and trauma-informed perspective and emphasize the importance of systems of support. Participants will discuss concrete strategies to help ALL program staff build trust and meaningfully engage the most challenging families in program activities. And because working with challenging families is…well…challenging, methods of developing specific and meaningful self-care plans will be discussed.

 

Session 6.2

Empowering a Hui (Neighborhood) with Family Engagement

Lead Presenter: Cherilyn Shiinoki

Agency: Family Hui Hawaii

Co-Presenter: Tekawitha Iese

Agencies: Family Hui Hawaii and HCAP Head Start

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Pikake 1-2

Description:

An ancient Pacific Island adage states that it takes a village to raise a child, which points to the understanding that the successes of our children and families are not entirely reliant upon self-sufficiency but also on the sufficiency of the neighborhoods/communities in which we live. In this workshop you will be offered an at a glance view of the collaborative initiatives between HCAP Head Start and Family Hui Hawaii, a local early childhood education partner, actively working together to support our Head Start families in offering peer-to-peer discussions which engage families in building positive and goal oriented relationships. Family Hui Hawaii initiated a pilot program with HCAP Head Start to cultivate Hui’s among our families to engage, nurture, and empower the continued growth of the Hui after a child’s enrollment in Head Start has concluded with the goals of enhancing positive growth and success in our neighborhoods, schools and work environments for the future.

 

Session 6.3

Fatherhood Engagement & Panel Discussion

Presenter: David “Kawika” Mattos

Agency: Maui Family Support Services, Inc. – KĀNE Connections program

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Maile 1-2

Description:

With fatherless children on the rise, it is essential that we intentionally engage fathers in the lives of their children.  Ohana includes everyone!  Come learn about the awesome impacts a father’s presence makes verses the impacts of his absence as children grow.  Do you truly understand how men think or where their actions come from?  Hear the answers to these questions and more from a father’s perspective.  Take a moment to examine how your own perspectives and core values affect not only how you engage with boys and girls, but also how you welcome their fathers involvement into the work you do.  Explore tips, tools, resources and opportunities to make a difference in engaging fathers in the lives of their children. 

 

Session 6.4

Fostering the Language of Affect and Play in Cross-Cultural Parenting: A Professional Development Workshop

Presenter: Jennifer Breslin

Agency: Home Safe – Vista Del Mar

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Plumeria 1-2

Description:

Regardless of a child’s home language and culture, the affective and social context of language is a large part of how communication develops. Non-verbal communication makes up between 70-80% of all communication.   While there is a growing focus on Dual Language Learners and the importance of supporting home languages along with English acquisition for children, the value of non-verbal language, including social and affective cues, and child led play, is often overlooked.

 

Session 6.5

Road Map to Family Engagement: You Choose the Path

Presenter: Gisela Martinez

Co-Presenter: Cathy Garcia

Co-Presenter: Connie Lomas

Agency: Kidango, Inc

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Haleakala 3

Description:

This workshop will provide Head Start participants with the opportunity to reflect, brainstorm, and identify their own robust and/or tenuous Family Engagement programmatic systems. The presenters will utilize the PFCE Markers of Progress, family engagement tools, and program design template to help participants start a rich discussion on their programs’ current Family Engagement systems. Family Engagement should not be treated in isolation but through collaboration. Participants will learn about strategies on creating inclusive opportunities for all individuals, teachers, family service workers, supervisors, and families to play an active role in Family Engagement. Participants will conceptualize and learn how to create their own Road Map to Family Engagement.

 

Friday, October 26, 2018

Session 7.1

Dealing with challenging behaviors

Lead Presenter: Joshua Alvarez

Co-Presenter: Yolanda Gonzales

Agency: Kaplan Early Learning

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Ilima 2-3

Description:

Attendees  will explore and learn innovative strategies and technics in supporting children in building resiliency and teaching essential social skills and will learn how to self regulate and support children in self-regulation. Attendees will  becoming conscious of culture and social patterns that are aiding and impeding learning and social interactions sometimes due to stress and trauma across all ethnic and economic lines and how it effects the health, learning, social-emotional development and brain development. They will understand the importance of developing  positive relationships/ reinforcement in dealing with challenging behavior which leads to positive school readiness skills and a positive family life.

 

Session 7.2

Authentic Approaches to Cultural Inclusion

Lead Presenter: Julia Childs

Agency: Neighborhood House Association

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Pikake 1-2

Description:

There are many approaches to embracing child and family culture in programs around the world. This workshop will offer insights from New Zealand’s national early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki, and ways to include family culture in curriculum in authentic, meaningful ways.

 

Session 7.3

Building Authentic Relationships with Vulnerable Families

Lead Presenter: Kehau Golis

Co-Presenter: Shane Suehiro

Co-Presenter: Silvia Sharrar

Agency: Parents and Children Together

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Maile 1-2

Description:

This session will help Family Services Leadership teams support staff in building authentic relationships with families and overcoming barriers that get in the way by helping their team examine their own biases, attitudes, and beliefs about families who may be vulnerable due to their current circumstances.

This session will also support the team to work towards developing more strength-based, meaningful partnerships with families in their program while developing a clearer understanding of Unconditional Positive Regard and its role in deepening relationships though perspective taking activities that can be facilitated in their programs.

 

Session 7.4

Implementing Trauma Informed Care as Head Start Providers

Lead Presenter: R.E. (“Ari”) Szego

Co-Presenter: Julio Galindo Muñoz

Agency: Oregon Child Development Coalition

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Plumeria 1-2

Description:

In this highly interactive session, the presenters will facilitate a discussion on how participants are working to create safer and more welcoming environments and supporting strengthened resilience for Head Start families and staff. They will provide an introduction with basic information on Trauma Informed Care and share ideas and resources from their agency’s ongoing process of implementing Trauma Informed Care within a large (serving over 4000 children across 16 counties) Head Start provider. Participants will identify where they are already using trauma informed practices and discuss where and how they might increase these – by both degree and volume – within their own workplace and practices. Participants will leave with practical ideas about implementing trauma informed practices and resources for supporting organizational change. This session is designed for participants with at least some basic prior knowledge about Trauma Informed Care.

 

Session 7.5

Lots of Littles! Supporting Families with Twins, Triplets and Siblings Close in Age

Presenter: Nataly Ruiz

Agency: Home-SAFE

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Haleakala 3

Description:

Having multiple children in a home visit can be both fun and challenging! When the children are triplets, twins, or young siblings close in age, it can be extremely overwhelming for parents and home visitors. Participants will learn to understand parent’s challenges in engaging with their children, how to help parents engage in positive interactions, the benefits of sibling interactions to child development, and how parents can support positive child to child interactions. The importance of considering families’ cultural influence will be discussed. Participants will learn how to plan for and implement home visit strategies and activities to effectively engage families. These will allow parents and home visitors to observe each child’s uniqueness and help manage common challenges. Special considerations will be included for working with twins and triplets. Strategies to incorporate multiple children in activities and help them adjust to new routines with siblings will be discussed.

 

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