Virtual Birth to Three 2013 Archive
May 28 – June 27, 2013

The 17th Annual Virtual Birth to Three Institute (vBTT) is a professional development opportunity that is broken down into five content tracks. Each track contains a webcast and two to three supporting webinars. Each webcast has a supplemental viewer's guide and the webinars include a viewer's guide, questions and answers (Q&A), and a professional development activity. Continuing education units are available for participants who are interested. Please refer to the bottom of the page for more information.

The vBTT Institute benefits an array of audience members, including: Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, and American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start program staff, parents, directors, managers, and administrators; T/TA managers; T/TA providers; federal and Regional Office staff; state and national collaboration directors; child care administrators and providers; and community partners interested in the care and education of young children.

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Track A - Plenary: The Foundations for Life and School Readiness Begin in Infancy

Summary: Early experiences influence the architecture of our brains. Parents and caregivers, then, have a significant impact on a child's learning. This plenary addresses the connection between experiences in infancy and school readiness and how early experiences and social interactions provide the foundation for lifelong learning.

Presenter: J. Ronald Lally, Ed.D., WestEd, Center for Child and Family Studies

Panel of Respondents: Sarah Merrill, M.S., Office of Head Start; Tweety Yates, Ph.D., National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning; Tarima Levine, National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness; and Claudia Quigg, M.ED., National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

Panel Moderator: Terra Bonds-Clark, M.S., Early Head Start National Resource Center

Viewer's Guide [PDF, 408KB]

Webinar A1: Reflective Curriculum Planning for Infants and Toddlers

Summary: On their developmental journey, infants and toddlers continually construct ideas about the world around them during everyday moments of play. They invite adults to join them on this journey, as navigators and guides. This session explores how those caring for infants and toddlers can support their natural curiosity and plan experiences that ensure a strong foundation for school success. Participants observe and reflect on examples of moments of play and interactions taken from infant-toddler settings and discuss how such written and photo documentation provides a frame for understanding young children's thinking, planning curriculum, assessing learning, and engaging families.

Presenters: Mary Jane Maguire-Fong, M.S., American River College, and Margie Perez-Sesser, M.A., Early Childhood Consultant

Moderator: Emily Adams, M.A., Early Head Start National Resource Center

Viewer's Guide [PDF, 2.2MB]  Q&A [PDF, 206KB] Professional Development [PDF, 339KB]

Webinar A2: Supporting the Intuitive Understanding of Early Math in Infants and Toddlers

Summary: This session discusses the inherent understanding of early math concepts in infants and toddlers and explore how to facilitate early math experiences through observation and planning.

Presenter: Eugene Geist, Ph.D., Ohio University

Moderator: Sarah Semlak, Ph.D., Early Head Start National Resource Center

Viewer's Guide [PDF, 937KB] Q&A [PDF, 79KB] Professional Development [PDF, 128KB]


Track B - Plenary: Prenatal Brain Development: Nurturing Babies in a Healthy Environment

Summary: Brain development starts at conception. The mother and fathers emotional and physical well-being is critical for a baby's healthy brain. In work with expectant families, Early Head Start staff have an incredible opportunity to influence brain development at a crucial time. This plenary describes the foundational growth and development of the prenatal brain, the value of early intervention, and offers insight in the many factors that impact long-term health and learning.

Presenter: Joshua D. Sparrow, M.D., Brazelton TouchPoints Center

Panel of Respondents: Amy Hunter, LICSW, and National Center on Health, and Jennifer Boss, MSW, Early Head Start National Resource Center

Panel Moderator: Terra Bonds-Clark, M.S., Early Head Start National Resource Center

Viewer's Guide [PDF, 575KB] 

Webinar B3: Prenatal Development: Laying the Foundation for School Readiness

Summary: The foundation for school readiness begins in pregnancy and continues throughout the early years of a child's life. This session addresses the important messages programs serving expectant families should provide regarding prenatal care, education, and services that support strong beginnings leading to school readiness. Examples of successful program models are shared by the presenters.

Presenters: Janet Shultz, CPNP, DANYA International, Office of Head Start, and Rachel Abramson, M.S., Health Connect One

Webinar Moderator: Donna Britt, Ed.D., Early Head Start National Resource Center

Viewer's Guide [PDF, 1.3MB] Q&A [PDF, 119KB] Professional Development [PDF, 152KB]

Webinar B4: Meeting the Unique Needs of Families Through the Required Postpartum Visit

Summary: This session examines the comprehensive purpose of the two week postpartum visit in an effort to meet the unique needs of the infant, mother, and family. The presenters discuss strategies for a successful visit, including linking families with community partners.

Presenters: Guylaine Richard, M.D., M.P.H, Richardetc, LLC and Nick Wechsler, M.A., Ounce of Prevention Fund, Chicago

Moderator: Laura Annunziata, MSN, Early Head Start National Resource Center

Viewer's Guide [PDF, 602KB] Q&A [PDF, 99KB] Professional Development [PDF, 146KB]


Track C Plenary: Adverse Childhood Experiences: Early Experiences Do Matter!

Summary: This plenary provides an overview of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study with specific emphasis on the study findings and implications most related to the Early and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start population. The plenary discusses how early childhood experiences are powerful indicators of adult health, functioning, and well-being. Specific attention will be given to the impact of primary prevention on children and families, including potentially decreasing the influence of risk factors, building resilience with families, and breaking the intergenerational cycle of adverse experiences.

Presenter: Vincent Felitti, M.D., Kaiser Permanente

Panel of Respondents: Amy Hunter, LICSW, National Center on Health, and Cleo Rodriguez, Jr., B.S., CFLE, National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start

Panel Moderator: Terra Bonds-Clark, M.S., Early Head Start National Resource Center

Viewer's Guide [PDF, 568KB] 

Webinar C5: Engaging Families Using Motivational Interviewing Strategies and Principles

Summary: Building healthy, supportive, professional relationships with families provides multiple challenges and opportunities. Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based method of partnering with people to help them prepare for, and commit to, change. Motivational interviewing techniques can support all Early and Migrant Seasonal Head Start staff to increase meaningful family engagement with families throughout the families' participation in the Early Head Start program.

Presenters: Rachael Galanter, MPH, Exchange Clubs' Family Center, and Ennis Baker, MSW, LCSW, Orange County Head Start/Early Head Start

Moderator: Amanda Perez, MSW, Early Head Start National Resource Center

Viewer's Guide [PDF, 1.3MB] Q&A [PDF, 147KB] Professional Development [PDF, 112KB]

Webinar C6: Partnering With Families Who are Coping With Adversity

Summary: Many families are struggling with and experiencing increased levels of adversity. Understanding the challenges and locating resources within the community is key in order to lessen any negative impact. Early Head Start and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start can help to strengthen staff-family and parent-child relationships to effectively influence the social support needed to build resilience. How programs ensure that their community partnerships support the needs of the families they serve is also explored.

Presenters: Bruno Anthony, Ph.D., Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, and Elizabeth Lujan, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco

Moderator: Victoria Prieto, M.A., Ed.S, Early Head Start National Resource Center

Viewer's Guide [PDF, 967KB] Q&A [PDF, 93KB] Professional Development [PDF, 109KB]


TRACK D – Plenary: Building and Sustaining Quality Systems: Cultivating Excellence in Early Head Start

Summary: Early Head Start programs have the responsibility and privilege to serve pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and families in local communities around the country and respective territories. This plenary talk explores critical components that support strong systems. Specific emphasis focuses on ongoing monitoring, program planning, and community assessment and relevant Head Start Program Performance Standards.

Presenter: Jerlean Daniel, Ph.D., National Association for the Education of Young Children

Panel of Respondents: Larissa Zoot, MPH, Office of Head Start, Stacy Dimino, B.A., National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations, and Margaret Mascarenaz, Division of Early Childhood Center

Panel Moderator: Terra Bonds-Clark, M.S., Early Head Start National Resource Center

Viewer's Guide [PDF, 1.2MB] 

Webinar D7: Invest in People: The Use of Coaching in Professional Development and Continuous Learning

Summary: This session explores coaching as an effective strategy for developing solid and beneficial professional growth relationships among early childhood practitioners that cultivate continuous learning and improved services for infants and toddlers.

Presenters: Dathan Rush, Ed.D., Family, Infant, and Preschool Program, and Nancy Siebel, M.ED., Early Childhood Consultant

Moderator: Linda Gillespie, M.S., Early Head Start National Resource Center

Viewer's Guide [PDF, 715KB] Q&A [PDF, 88KB] Professional Development [PDF, 95KB]

Webinar D8: Interviewing Strategies to Hire Relationship-Ready Staff

Summary: This webinar offers specific strategies for interviewing applicants and their references to identify candidates who will be able to relate well to children, parents, other staff, and supervisors. Examples are provided using these strategies in the hiring and orientation process of an Early Head Start program.

Presenters: Redmond Reams, Ph.D., Reams and Associates, PC, and Blair Johnson, MPH, Southern Oregon Head Start/Early Head Start, Inc.

Moderator: Jennifer Boss, MSW, Early Head Start National Resource Center

Viewer's Guide [PDF, 1.0MB] Q&A [PDF, 83KB] Professional Development [PDF, 82KB]

Webinar D9: Growing Programs, Growing People: Reflective Leadership in Early Head Start

Summary: Reflective leaders are effective at managing their interactions with others and lead through strong relationships with others. This webinar explains the core practices and processes of being a successful reflective leader through leadership traits such as support, trust, clear communication, and vision.

Speakers: Ellen Farrar, M.S., Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc., and Lee Turney, Youth/Early Childhood Development, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, MN

Moderator: Linda Gillespie, M.S., Early Head Start National Resource Center

Viewer's Guide [PDF, 1.1MB] Q&A [PDF, 84KB]


Track E – Plenary: Engaging Parents in the Home-based and Family Child Care Program Options

Summary: Early Head Start and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start recognize that parents are the key to positive child outcomes and long-term school success. This plenary discusses the range of opportunities for parent engagement in Early Head Start programs from Policy Council to supporting every day routines. Specific recommendations for engaging parents in the home-based and family child care options are explored.

Presenter: Brenda Jones Harden, Ph.D., Institute for Child Study, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland

Panel of Respondents: David A. Jones, Sr., LMSW, Office of Head Start, Jennifer Boss, MSW, Early Head Start National Resource Center, and Bob Stechuk, Ph.D., National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness

Panel Moderator: Terra Bonds-Clark, M.S., Early Head Start National Resource Center

Viewer's Guide [PDF, 505KB] 

Webinar E10: Family Child Care – An Effective Program Option for Children, Families, and Communities

Summary: With flexible hours, strong relationships, continuity of care, and home like environments, family child care homes often best meet the needs of children, families, and communities. This session discusses the family child care option and the unique opportunities for successfully providing comprehensive services to children and families.

Presenters: Calvin E. Moore, Jr., Ph.D., Department of Health and Human Resources, Administration for Children and Families, and William Castellanos, M.A., Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.

Moderator: Amy Dapsauski, M.S., Early Head Start National Resource Center

Viewer's Guide [PDF, 781KB] Q&A [PDF, 66KB] Professional Development [PDF, 94KB]

Webinar E11: In the Midst of Challenges: Keeping the Parent – Child Relationship in Focus

Summary: This webinar reinforces the primary purpose of the home visit, to help parents to understand their child's development and to improve the parent-child attachment and interactions. Specific strategies for keeping the parent-child dyad the focus of the work even when the family faces challenges are discussed.

Presenters: Patricia Brady, MS, Boston Children's Hospital Brazelton TouchPoints Center, Family Connections, National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement, and David Jones, LMSW, Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families

Viewer's Guide [PDF, 827KB]  Professional Development [PDF, 91KB]

Closing Parent Plenary: Something Better for My Children: Families Chart Their Course from Difficult Childhoods to Devoted Parenting

Summary: The families in this session share their own childhood challenges and their drive to offer something different to their children. Families also speak to the support that Early Head Start and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs offer as a way of helping families chart a new course for themselves.

Parent Plenary Speakers: John Cornelius, South Central Missouri Community Action Agency, Poplar Bluff, MO; Tina Salinas, Tri-Country Child and Family Development Council, Inc., Waterloo, IA, and Sandra Serrano, Hope Street Family Center, Los Angeles, CA

Moderator: Amanda Perez, MSW, Early Head Start National Resource Center

Viewer's Guide [PDF, 801KB] 

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