12:00 - 2:40

A Conversation About Transition Planning Across Programs and Settings

Speakers
Chelsea Bartling Holly Hickson, M.A. Marisa Macy, Ph.D. Monica Wells, M. Ed
Audience Level
Intermediary
Session Track
Early Childhood Services
Room
Diamond 6

Young children experience many transitions, including from home to an early care and education setting, between age groups or program settings, and from preschool to kindergarten. Supporting these transitions for children, families, educators, and service providers is critically important because even positive change can be challenging. Session participants will discuss the importance of transition planning for all involved, while identifying solutions and resources for working through the planning processes.

Constructive Ways to Understand and Communicate the Concept of Bias

Speakers
Walter Gilliam, Ph.D.
Audience Level
Advanced
Room
Diamond 9

This workshop will provide a much deeper dive into the nature of bias, with a special focus on how and why biases exist, how they are formed, how they impact our behaviors with others (including with the children and families we serve), and ways we may address biases in constructive ways.

Intended Audience

Professionals work with young children or families with young children.

Increasing Security: Attachment in Early Childhood and Practical Tips

Speakers
Samantha Byrns, LIMHP
Audience Level
Intermediary
Session Track
Young Child Development
Room
Diamond 7

This session provides a look into early childhood attachment, including its impact on development and the adverse effects of early childhood traumatic stress. Participants will be able to identify indicators of secure or insecure attachment behaviors. They will also be able to explain strategies for improving attachment relationships to mitigate the impact of trauma.

Intended Audience

Professionals working with and making decisions for young children and caregivers.

The Poverty Story You Don't Know

Speakers
Tina Chasek, Ph.D.
Audience Level
Intermediary
Room
Diamond 2

This workshop will be an encounter with the poverty story we don’t always know. Participants will be challenged to confront the other side of poverty by exploring the cultural norms and hidden rules of socio-economic class. Participants will engage in exercises that guide their own understanding, ideas and beliefs about socio-economic class as well as exploring strategies to bridge the poverty gap when working with families.

Intended Audience

Everyone who works with families.