Workshop Listings

Equity Begins with Me: Expanding our Commitment to Infants, Children and Families

Tuesday Nov. 2nd   1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Tonia Spence, Diversity Informed Tenets

Principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are difficult to uphold within a society where certain groups and relationships are recognized and revered, while others are discounted or denigrated. The Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families offers shared language, vision, and a call to action framed within principles and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This session invites participants on a journey toward realizing just and equitable services for young children and families we serve begins with ourselves. This journey pushes us to be mindful of ourselves — our beliefs and values, struggles, joy, and ambivalence, and our power and privileges. In turn, we can be more aware and better attuned to those whom we serve and with whom we have relationships.

This session includes a one hour keynote with Tonia and thirty minutes for reflection and connection among attendees. We encourage all conference participants to attend this opening keynote to reflect on the themes for the conference and build community among conference attendees.


Rethinking the Talent Pipeline through Partnerships and a Focus on Job Quality

Wednesday Nov. 3rd    1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Susan Buckey, MassHire Downtown Boston

Join Susan Buckey from MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center for a conversation on recruiting and retaining the qualified talent Head Start programs need today. This session will include a conversation on effective recruitment strategies and how programs can use the JVS Jobs Quality Index.


Next Generation Leadership and Change Management

Thursday Nov. 4th   10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Kristen Hayes, Kristen Hayes Consulting

The purpose of this session is to engage direct service supervisors, managers, coordinators and specialists in authentic discussion of the challenges and opportunities associated with change management and leading the next generation workforce. Together we will explore a change management framework, including conducting a reflective Self-Assessment of the program’s ability to manage change.

Programs are encouraged to register more than one participant, as the strategies discussed will be best implemented by multiple key stakeholders. 


Nurturing Young Children Impacted by Traumatic Stress: A Trauma Informed Approach

Monday Nov. 8th   10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Aditi Subramaniam, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC)

It takes a village! This workshop will focus on developing a shared understanding of early childhood experiences of stress and further explore the impact of trauma on the developing brain and child. The session will also highlight resilience and introduce trauma informed principles that can be integrated into daily practice and work with families with young children. 


From Beastie to Bestie: Helping Teaching Teams Resolve Common Conflicts in the Classroom

Tuesday Nov. 9th   10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Deidre Harris, Team Agreements

Come and learn some tips and strategies for developing a positive workplace environment followed by a process that helps teams work through common disagreements and concerns such who should prepare lessons and activities, or the role of team members during whole/small groups.

This session begins with interactive activities for helping staff develop effective communication skills and team build; followed by a communication tool review (template with examples of situational categories and expectations) while drafting 1-2 agreements to that can be used immediately; ending with discussions and more interactive activities for holding teams accountable.


Parent Ambassador Panel: Learning from Head Start Parents

Wednesday Nov. 10th    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Maria Moreno, MHSA Parent Facilitator, and MHSA 2021 Parent Ambassadors

MHSA launched its Parent Ambassador Program in 2021 with 11 talented Head Start and Early Head Start parents from across the Commonwealth. Hear what they have learned from a year of intensive advocacy and leadership trainings and how they have leveraged their existing advocacy skills to influence legislators and policymakers.


How Our Program Worked to Develop Positive Parent Relationships; What is Working, Lessons Learned and Moving Forward

Friday Nov. 12th    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

June Lynds, CAPV HSELP

Join June Lynds and team members from Community Action Pioneer Valley Head Start and Early Learning Programs to learn about how they reset the approach to conversations between families and staff while promoting positive self-advocacy skills among families.

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