Workshop Listings

Wellness: Taking Care of Yourself

Thurs. Oct. 1st   1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Kristin Tenney-Blackwell, Pyramid Model Consortium

Early childhood educators and helping professionals can see and experience the effects of stress and trauma in their environments. Encouraging awareness of the importance of self-care and wellness practices to improve the sustainability of effective practices is key to an effective workforce. This engaging webinar will focus on understanding the importance of health and wellness of adults in a child’s life. Educators and program leaders will explore strategies and approaches to enhancing adult resilience.


Parenting Through COVID

Sat. Oct. 3rd     10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Tiedra Marshall, Parents as Teachers

We all have had to pause and rethink our definition of normal during the COVID-19 health crisis. Not only have parents adopted new roles, old roles have been redefined. Parents now find themselves juggling even more responsibilities than ever before.  While this may be our first pandemic, it definitely will not be our last crisis to face as parents.  As we navigate our way through these changes, our children do not stop growing. They continue to rely on their parents to address their development and growth. This session will explore different types of stress and how stress can influence parent-child interactions.  You will be introduced to the protective factors that you can grow in your life as well as strategies to overcome these negative impacts. We will explore both child and parenting development concepts and how the two relate to one another. This will be an interactive session that will lead you to discover your best self.


Trauma-Informed EHS/HS Management: Nurturing the workforce

Mon. Oct. 5th   2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Jayne Singer, Brazelton Touchpoints & Anat Weisenfreund, MHSA Board Chairperson

Since working with young children and their families stirs up many complex feelings for the early childhood educator, it is important for managers and supervisors to be able to provide reflective support to the workforce that takes into account the potential that the work has for both vicarious and secondary trauma. A Trauma-Informed lens to understanding children, families, and the feelings and reactions of direct service staff is critical to supervision that strengthens all of the relationships within programs. In this 90 minute virtual interactive session, Participants will learn:  ● What is Trauma-Informed-Care? Why is it important? ● What impact does it have on providers? On families?
● Examples of trauma-informed reflective supervision and management ● Implementation in daily practice

Reflective Practice for the Early Childhood Educator:   Working with the emotional lives of children, families, and ourselves

Mon. Oct. 5th   4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Jayne Singer, Brazelton Touchpoints & Anat Weisenfreund, MHSA Board Chairperson

Working with young children and their families stirs up many complex feelings. Reflection helps us to understand our feelings and reactions so that they can be valuable tools in building our relationships with children, their families, and with each other.  Reflective Practice is a critical aspect of early childhood work that involves attending to the feelings and experiences of adults and children to improve services, as well as to manage stress.  In this 90 minute virtual interactive session, Participants will learn:  ● What is Reflective Practice? ● Why is it important? ● What impact does it have on providers? On families? ● Examples of reflective practice ● Implementation in daily practice


Strategies for Becoming a Resilient Leader:     A presentation designed to provide those in supervisory positions with a strength-based approach to leadership

Thurs. Oct. 8th   11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Rachel Wagner, Devereux Center for Resilient Children

Adults who dedicate themselves to caring for children and managing programs that support children and families know this to be true – this effort can be extremely rewarding and also challenging. This presentation is designed to introduce leaders to a framework of resilience that can help make a big difference in the health and wellness of adults who care for young children. Resilient leadership is the term used to describe those leadership behaviors that help others withstand crisis, adapt to or rebound from adversity (George Everly, Johns Hopkins University). Leaders will use the Devereux Resilient Leadership Survey (DERLS) to reflect on ways to support resilience in those that they manage. This presentation provides many opportunities to learn resilience-building strategies for teams based on the research-informed items on the DERLS. Finally, leaders will have an opportunity to reflect on their own resilience and explore strategies to build their personal bounce.


Developing a Culture of Behavior Support

Tues. Oct. 13th    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Alissa Marotto, Kids Included Together

Head Start teams spend a lot of time discussing how to respond to the behavior of young children. When behavior interferes with participation in a classroom or family child care home, or affects the child’s connections to peers and educators, teams often struggle with how to provide effective supports. This session is designed for Head Start program leaders to assess their current policies and practices as they relate to behavior and identify ways to strengthen the culture of behavior support within their programs.


Supporting Children to Embrace Race: How we can & why we must

Mon. Oct. 19th    6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Melissa Giraud, Andrew Grant-Thomas

A growing body of research indicates that the best time to start engaging children on race is at a very young age, as their racial (and other) biases start to emerge but before those biases have become entrenched. Consider that by the time children enter kindergarten, most harbor biases of their own. That said, we also have promising insights into how to challenge the biases young people develop, and that we, their parents, educators, and caregivers, also typically harbor – whether we’re aware of them or not. Join the founders of EmbraceRace, Melissa Giraud and Andrew Grant-Thomas, for a presentation and Q & A that considers some of the evidence for racial bias and steps we can take to push back against it – in our children and ourselves.


Applying COVID Lessons Learned to Program Planning

Tues. Oct. 20th    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Kristen Hayes, Kristen Hayes Consulting

Spring and summer 2020 were a learning experience for us all, as early care and education programs around the nation adapted their services to support children and their families in a pandemic. As we embark on the 2020-2021 program year uncertainty remains, yet the field looks to us for steadfast and responsive leadership. This session will support program leaders with creating and utilizing a framework for “COVID lessons learned” and the application of those lessons to program planning (including Self-Assessment and continuous improvement efforts). Participants will be asked to complete a brief, 5 minute personal reflection before participating in this session. 

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