BTT 2015 Archive Page

The 19th Annual Birth to Three Institute (BTT) was a three-day virtual event designed to enhance the quality of services for expectant parents, infants, toddlers, and families. Explore the plenary sessions and webinars below by topic. They may be helpful to Early Head Start (EHS), Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS), American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) Head Start, child care, and family child care staff; training and technical assistance providers; and the broader early childhood community.


Below are the 10 sessions archived from the Institute. Select a tab to view the videos:

Child Development and Learning

Plenary: The Importance of Experiences in Infancy for Later Learning

Our understanding of early brain development tells us that babies' brains are rapidly expanding and their minds are growing. What does this mean for those of us who contribute to their care and learning? This presentation explores how the brain is growing in the first years of life and its implications for how infants and young children are learning. Find out what adults can do to help establish a strong foundation for growing minds and personalities.

Speaker
Ross Thompson, Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Resources
New Frontiers in Science: Policy and Practice
Presentation
The Developing Mind
Tuesday Plenary Chat
Viewer's Guide
Viewer's Guide in Spanish (español)

Stop, Think, Act: Supporting Executive Functioning and Self-Regulation from Birth Through Early Childhood

In recent years, executive functioning and self-regulation have been hot topics in early childhood education. The research is finally catching up to what educators have known for years: Self-regulatory skills such as paying attention, following directions, and getting along with others are key for early learning. Discover what can we do to ensure children have the self-regulatory skills they need for school success. In this presentation, we will focus on how self-regulation develops from birth through the early childhood years. In addition, we will discuss why self-regulation is important for early learning. There also will be an emphasis on specific strategies early childhood educators can use to effectively promote these skills in group care and home-based settings.

Presenter
Shauna Tominey, Ph.D., Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Resources
Handout
Presentation
The Developing Mind
Tuesday Plenary Chat
Viewer's Guide
Viewer's Guide in Spanish (español)

Responsive Caregiving: The Foundation of Quality Infant and Toddler Care

Know what you can do to support babies when they are engaged in their own chosen activities. To support development and learning, infants and toddlers need nurturing relationships; positive, responsive interactions between adults and children; safe, comfortable physical and social environments; and individualized routines and schedules. We call this "responsive caregiving." Join us as we focus our attention on the responsive component of positive, responsive interactions. Learn a variety of strategies that support development, learning, and adult–child communication.

Presenters
Donna Britt, Ed.D., Early Head Start National Resource Center
Kristin Tenney-Blackwell, MA, National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning

Resources
Tips for Engaging Young Infants in Conversations
Facilitating Thick Conversations with Young Infants
Facilitating Thick Conversations with Older Infants and Toddlers
Presentation
Powerful Interactions
Conversation
Discussion
Checklist
Viewer's Guide
Viewer's Guide in Spanish (español)

Program Systems and Services

Plenary: Twenty Tips for Quality Infant-Toddler Caregiving

This presentation addresses a wide range of topics for infant-toddler caregivers. It includes safety and health issues and specific tips to nurture early language. Explore ways to embed intimate loving experiences into daily routines that promote secure attachment. You also will learn ways to tune in to infant states and temperament to promote interactions that arouse kindness and cooperation, as well as awaken a tiny child's passion for books and early earning. Crucial to the success of such quality caregiving are the kinds of supervision, training, and relationships that care providers receive.

Presenter
Alice Honig, Ph.D., Syracuse University

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Presentation
Discussion
Viewer's Guide
Viewer's Guide in Spanish (español)

Foundations for Early Learning: Systemically Supporting Program Quality and Early Learning

Head Start and Early Head Start grantees are considered to be among the premier early learning programs in the country. Given the focus on quality programming, it is important that grantees understand the key components to implementing sound management systems, hiring exceptional staff, and creating safe environments. This session outlines what Head Start and Early Head Start leaders should know, do, and oversee along with best practices in operating a quality program, including the fiscal implications. Program staff will understand the importance of building an exceptional program through effective leadership and decision-making.

Presenters
Syrita Robinson, BA, Robinson Client Group, LLC
Christopher Barnes, MPA, National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operation

Resources
Resource Guide Foundations for Quality Programming: Strong Systems that Support Quality Care
Presentation
Discussion
Viewer's Guide
Viewer's Guide in Spanish (español)

Sowing Seeds for Success: Implementing Reflective Supervision and Early Childhood Coaching

Introducing and implementing reflective supervision and early childhood coaching in your program is a change process. It's not just a matter of attending a workshop or reading a book, though those things can get you started. It takes time, commitment, planning, leadership, and collaboration. These two distinct approaches to supporting staff, promoting learning, and enhancing quality thrive in relationship-based organizations. They support improved service delivery by building on staff's knowledge and competencies, as well as reducing stress and high staff turnover. This presentation provides an approach and strategies to support successful implementation of reflective supervision and coaching.

Presenters
Nancy Seibel, Ed.M., MCC, BCC, Keys to Change, Office of Head Start (OHS) State T/TA Center
Heath Ouellette, BA, Region IX, OHS State T/TA Center

Resources
Questions to Guide Development of A Shared Understanding: Reflective Supervision and Early Childhood Coaching
Reflective Supervision and Practice-Based Coaching: Relationship Based Practices
Presentation
Discussion
Viewer's Guide
Viewer's Guide in Spanish (español)

Effectively Engaging Families

Plenary: Early Experiences Elevate Everything: How the Early Years Influence the Life Course

Dr. Dipesh Navsaria discusses the fundamentals of early brain and child development. Learn how this science informs programs and policies which affect people. Concepts of relational health, toxic stress, and early adversity are be reviewed, as well as broad principles of the types of interventions that make a difference.

Presenter
Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, University of Wisconsin – Madison

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Presentation
Discussion
Viewer's Guide
Viewer's Guide in Spanish (español)

Developing Successful Multi-level Partnerships in Support of Ethnically and Linguistically Diverse Families

This session features a conversation between two "humble experts" who highlight the sometimes surprising lessons learned during decades of experience. Find out how they have worked to support partnerships between ethnically and linguistically diverse families and the organizations that serve them. The presenters explore the meaning and nuances of partnerships at different levels, how successful partnerships are developed and sustained, and how we know when we have them.

Presenters
Dr. Lorena Garza Gonzalez, Ph.D., Urban Strategies
Lyn Morland, MSW, MA, National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness

Resources
ERSEA in Early Head Start and Head Start
Presentation
Discussion
Viewer's Guide
Viewer's Guide in Spanish (español)

Seven-Step Process for Family Goal-Setting: Teaming Together

The work you do to build trusting relationships with families supports their growth and development, as well as their children's school readiness. Listen as experts from the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) highlight a new process and resources that support you in goal-setting and partnering with families to reach new heights for themselves and their children.

Presenters
Guylaine Richard, MD, MPH, NCPFCE
Brandi Black Thacker, MA, MSW, NCPFCE

Resources
Building Partnerships: Guide to Developing Relationships with Families
Head Start Father Engagement Birth to Five Programming Guide
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Discussion
Viewer's Guide
Viewer's Guide in Spanish (español)

Parent Plenary: Foundations: Families Track Child Success from Their Earliest Years

Families in EHS, MSHS, and child care programs are laying foundations for children's healthy development. In this plenary celebrating 20 years of EHS, families highlight the value and importance of the relationships they built and the supports they received in their children's early years through this program. They identify the ways programs like yours—and staff like you!—made a foundational difference for their children and offer insight into what worked.

Moderator
Amanda Perez, Early Head Start National Resource Center

Presenters
Parent Panel
Valerie Young
Stephanie Bolin
Xitlali Sosa

Resources
Presentation
Discussion
Viewer's Guide
Viewer's Guide in Spanish (español)

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Last Updated: January 22, 2016