Final EC Systems Summit Workshop Decriptions
Early Childhood Systems Summit Workshops
Community Collaboration: Planning for Child Care in Your Community
Is the lack of child care an issue in your community? Not sure how to get started? Hear from two community representatives about their roles in addressing the child care shortage. This session will outline the approaches taken by two Iowa communities, including collaborative partners, progress made, lessons learned and next steps.
Mary Janssen, Elizabeth Stanek
Achieving ECI’s Goals for Children’s Dental Health
The presentation will focus on achievements in children’s dental health within Iowa’s public health programs partnering with ECI. Iowa ranks among the leading states in national measures in improving early childhood dental access.
Dr. Bob Russell, DDS, MPH, CPM, FACD
Early Experiences Matter: Bringing Science to Justice for Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families
Federal and state laws require states to concurrently provide reasonable efforts to maintain or reunify a family as well as reasonable efforts to place a child for adoption or with a legal guardian. For best outcomes, judges and advocates need a working knowledge of the impact of trauma and how to avoid exacerbating trauma within the context of child welfare cases. The session will include excerpts from the DVD, “Safe Babies Court Teams: Building Strong Families and Healthy Communities,” describing how court teams are using the science of early childhood development and trauma informed care to advocate effectively, tailor services and make informed decisions. Additional topics will include Pre-removal Conferences, concurrent planning, and the 2-4-2 Book Project.
Constance Cohen, Retired Juvenile Judge
Engaging Community Partners to Support Early School Success
Engaged communities mobilized to remove barriers, expand opportunities, and assist parents in fulfilling their roles and responsibilities to serve as full partners in the success of their children are needed to assure student success. This workshop will focus on the success and challenges of several Iowa communities that have joined the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. These communities have organized community leadership teams in support of the goal of ensuring all children are healthy, developing on track and succeeding in the early grades. The speakers will share their experience of starting and sustaining local coalitions and some of the key lessons learned in achieving improved outcomes for children in their community.
Becky Miles-Polka, Rachel Williams, and Malai Amfahr
Convening Business and Community Leaders to Discuss Child Care Impact
Participants will learn about efforts of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Iowa Women's Foundation. Both organizations work to bring awareness to the issues child care impacts on both today's and tomorrow's workforce. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions of each presenter to gain lessons learned and hear suggestions for engaging business, economic and community leaders in their community.
Caitlin Codella and Dawn Oliver Wiand
How Workforce Initiatives Impact the Early Care and Education System
Maintaining an affordable, accessible, and high-quality early care and education (ECE) system requires a great deal of resources and supports for the workforce. This session will review current data and trends for the ECE workforce in the state of Iowa compared to the nation. Information will be shared about the needs of this workforce and some professional supports that are currently available in Iowa. An overview of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® IOWA scholarship program and the Child Care WAGE$® IOWA salary supplement program will be provided along with some recommended policy solutions.
Ashley Otte and Dara Madigan
The Power of Children’s Early Experiences: A Deeper Dive
Join Dr. Sarah Lytle for a deeper dive into the topics introduced during her keynote presentation. In this workshop, we will discuss additional evidence that children’s early experiences provide the foundation for later learning. We will also explore ways that communities can support young children and their families. Participants will have the
opportunity to participate in hands-on activities, connect research to videos of young children at play, and engage in group discussion.
Dr. Sarah Lytle, Ph.D.
Investing in in Iowa’s Future Innovators: How High Quality STEM Experiences in Preschool Through Grade Two Benefits Iowa
Just as the industrial revolution made it necessary for all children to learn to read, the technology revolution has made it critical for all children to understand STEM. To support the future of Iowa, the seeds of STEM must be planted early, along with and in support of the seeds of literacy. Together, these mutually enhancing interwoven strands of learning will grow well-informed and innovative Iowans prepared for a digital tomorrow. This session will examine research on early childhood educational environments (preschool through third grade) that develop STEM dispositions, the role those dispositions play in academic success throughout a child’s education, and the benefits of having STEM-fluent citizens in Iowa.
Dr. Beth VanMeeteren, Sherri Peterson
Understanding Implicit Bias: Rewiring our Perceptions and Intentions
Implicit racial bias influences decision-making, contributing to the disparate treatment of people of color in all sectors of life. As social workers and stakeholders for the well-being of children, we provide services to diverse client systems and it’s important we examine how implicit racial bias has an impact on our decision-making. Using cultural competency and cultural humility, we will explore implicit racial bias to provide awareness and strategies for change.
Supporting Iowa Families
Attendees will receive an overview of family support in Iowa including models used and the collaborative efforts to make best use of all funding sources. We will examine the reach of services including the effects of programs on maternal and child health outcomes, the impact on school readiness and the strength of families. Attendees will also learn about innovative programs in place to continually improve the quality of Family Support in Iowa including TEACH scholarships, The Institute, PAEYS incentive stipends, and the Staffing Diversity Pilot.
Jean Sullivan, PJ West, Kelly Schulte
Wellness Today, Wellness Tomorrow
Three health initiatives have recently taken off in early childhood settings across Iowa. Attendees of this session will learn how they are each unique, yet working together to achieve a healthy start for Iowa’s young children and families. NAPSACC, 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count, and Farm to ECE are helping children and families access healthy food and physical activity. Each initiative is multisector which requires collective action elements such as shared measurements and a common agenda. Participants will learn each program’s approach to embed into the greater early childhood system and beyond.
Kelly Hanson, Patti Delger
Designing Systems for Success
The purpose of the Early Childhood Iowa Stakeholder Alliance is to be a catalyst in the development of Iowa’s comprehensive, integrated early childhood system. But what is an early childhood system? What are the components of this system? What can we do to ensure this system is comprehensive and integrated? This session will help participants better understand how ECI supports the building of this system, and what is required to align many complex purposes and processes and to share operational goals and objectives. Simply put: it requires systems leaders and system thinkers. Learn how you can be both to ensure every child in our state is healthy and successful.
Tom Rendon, Jeff Anderson
All About Iowa's Infant Mental Health Initiative: Supporting Babies and Toddlers, their Families and the Providers who Help Them
As part of the leadership cohort for Infant Mental Health in Iowa, the presenter has experienced the history of bringing the practice of supports to the smallest of Iowans in the tenderest of places. This session will describe the tenants of infant mental health (risk and protective factors), the competencies involved in infant mental health work and the importance of becoming the voice for babies in Iowa. Concepts discussed will include the Infant Mental Health Association, and explain the infant mental health endorsement. The practice of reflective consultation is now available in Iowa to support those who work with very young children and their families, as well as those who supervise the workers. Reflective consultation will be explained, including its healthful benefits for those who do this difficult work.
Billie Jo Clausen
Child Care Shortages: How it is Impacting Businesses and Communities?
Learn about the child care shortages in communities across Iowa; how this is impacting the present and future workforce; a company’s ability to recruit the quality and quantity of employees they desire; and how it impacts economic growth and development in trying to attract new businesses. We will tell you what we know and how our services are available to support the growth and development of new child programs in all communities across the state as well support in helping families find the child care they need.
Brenda OHalloran, Rebekah Hungate
Enough Already With the Warm and Fuzzies: Segmented Advocacy that Really Works
Anyone over 40 years of age in 2018 grew up in a time of mass marketing-- using one basic message to sell a product, program or service to an audience that was seen as largely uniform. Those days are long gone. As mass markets have fragmented, successful organizations have responded by applying mass customization to tailor their products and messages to a wide array of consumer sub-sets. However, relatively few early education and care initiatives have undertaken this shift, relying instead on the same basic “what’s good for the children and their futures” approach that they have traditionally employed, with only limited success at best. That is a primary reason that quality early education has been under-recognized, under-appreciated and under-funded across the United States.
This presentation defines the various customer segments for early education and care, and then explains strategic marketing approaches to reach those often vastly different audiences. By responding to market segmentation with segmented messages, messengers and media, organizations can maximize the impact of advocacy and public awareness.
The program thrust would be on giving participants specific real-life examples of techniques that have worked elsewhere and that can be applied in their communities.