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Community Initiatives

National Policy Summit on Early Childhood System Building in Communities



Wednesday, June 6, 2007 

2:00pm - 5:00pm - Pre-Conference Sessions
Pre-conference sessions examine the “nuts and bolts” of early childhood system building. Topics highlight and explore key components of successful community initiatives.



Professional Development
Community Presenters: Cabell/Wayne Counties, West Virginia and Northwest Washington
Facilitator: Lynn Jones, ZERO TO THREE 
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Quality Improvement
Community Presenters: Evansville, Indiana and Trenton, New Jersey
Facilitator: Gerrit Westervelt, The Build Initiative
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Community Presenters: Lawrence, Kansas and Hillsborough County, Florida
Facilitator: Gerry Cobb, Smart Start National Technical Assistance Center
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Informal Supports for Families
Community Presenters: Cuyahoga County, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Facilitator: Christie Manning, Greater Cleveland Family Support Consortium
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Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care
Facilitator: Nina Sazer O’Donnell, Success by Six, United Way of America
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Community Presenters: Lane County, Oregon and Hampton, Virginia
Facilitator: Anne Durham, Childspeak Creative
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Site Visits
A limited number of participants will have the opportunity to travel to two model early childhood programs in the Cleveland area. Participants will visit the Achievement Centers for Children, a state-of-the-art, nonprofit agency that families call a source of hope, a place of achievement, and a center of support and expertise for children with special needs. Then participants will visit Friendly Inn Settlement House, one of Cleveland’s most historical community agencies that offers a variety of supportive, social, and recreational activities to families and children. 

6:00pm - 8:00pm- Reception

Meet your colleagues from across the country and hear from key leaders from ZERO TO THREE and Cuyahoga County at Cleveland’s Great Lakes Science Center. The Science Center is one of America's largest interactive science museums featuring "hands-on" exhibits focusing on the interdependency of science, environment and technology, particularly in the Great Lakes Region.


Thursday, June 7, 2007

7:30am - 8:00am -Continental Breakfast

8:00am - 9:00am - Morning Plenary Session
Mon Cochran, Karen Ponder, and Valora Washington will participate in a panel discussion of the topics that will be discussed throughout the day in breakout sessions. This expert panel, facilitated by Billie Osborne-Fears, will provide candid comments and discussion that will set the stage for the in-depth breakout sessions. The plenary will inspire thought and energy that will carry into lively discussion within the breakouts.
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9:15am - 11:30am - Breakout Sessions
Sessions will be offered in two tracks: Policy and Practice. The Policy track will focus on local, state and national policy issues, while the Practice track will closely examine community and program level issues.  Sessions are repeated in the afternoon from 1:15 3:30pm.

Each breakout session will highlight a successful community initiative that illustrates the importance of a system-building strategy or element.  A content expert and facilitator will engage participants in discussion around three questions:

1 What is needed to be successful?
2 What changes (in practice, in policy…) are necessary?
3 What are the obstacles or barriers to moving forward and making progress?

Participants will identify the top five action steps that should be taken in either practice or policy to support system building in this arena. Because of the two tracks, this will result in action steps at both the policy and the practice level. Facilitators and staff will summarize the action steps for presentation during the Policy Maker Briefing.

Policy Track TOPICS:

Replication and Data Collection
Focuses on the steps needed to succeed when taking programs to scale locally or statewide.  It will also highlight the need to demonstrate success as well as create new bodies of knowledge that inform system building efforts and the policies that support them.
Community Presenters: Itasca County, Minnesota and the state of Michigan
Content Expert: Lisa Klein, Hestia Advising
Facilitator: Cindy Oser, ZERO TO THREE

Political Will
Discusses the importance of creating and maintaining political interest that will ultimately contribute to the development of public policy that supports young children and their families.
Community Presenters: Memphis, Tennessee and Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Content Expert: Jacqueline Romer Sensky, The JRS Group, Ltd.
Facilitator: Deb Stahl, The Build Initiative

Local and State Partnerships, Policy Level
Examines the relationships between state and local planning and governance structures. Participants will focus on the policy implications of creating stronger state-local connections.
Community Presenters: Stephenson County, Illinois and the state of Arizona
Content Expert: Julia Coffman, Harvard Family Research Project
Facilitator: Lynn Jones, ZERO TO THREE

Funding, Policy Level
Identifies challenges and successes in developing sustainable funding streams and weaving resources from federal, state, and/or local sources that will benefit local programs or initiatives. This session will approach the topic from the policy perspective.
Community Presenter: Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Content Expert: Charlie Bruner, Child and Family Policy Center
Facilitator: Ann Freimuth, Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation

Practice Track TOPICS:

Focuses on mechanisms for developing a community vision and identifying the goals for a comprehensive local system.
Community Presenters: Greenville, South Carolina and DuPage, Illinois
Content Expert: Deanna Gomby, Deanna Gomby Consulting
Facilitator: Rebekah Dorman, United Way of Greater Cleveland

Explores the need to find and cultivate champions to bring different pieces of a system together in a coordinated, sustainable manner.
Community Presenters: Wilmington Park, California and the state of Minnesota
Content Expert/ Facilitator: Nina Sazer O’Donnell, Success by Six, United Way of America

Local and State Partnerships, Practice Level
Discusses connections between state and local planning and governance structures and how communities can leverage relationships with state government or national organizations.
Community Presenters: Cicero, Illinois and Lauderdale County, Alabama
Content Expert: Karen Ponder, Consultant
Facilitator: Chris Stoneburner, Build Ohio

Funding, Practice Level
Identifies challenges and successes in finding sustainable dollars and weaving funding streams from federal, state, and/or local sources. This session will focus on funding for local programs and support of system building efforts.
Community Presenter: Waterford, Michigan
Content Expert: Valora Washington, Consultant
Facilitator: Amy Nicholls Swanson, Voices for Ohio’s Children

11:45am -1:00pm - Lunch Plenary
Mark Sniderman, Senior Vice President and Director of Research of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, will present on the importance of early childhood as an economic development tool.

1:15pm - 3:30pm - Afternoon Breakout Sessions
The morning breakout sessions will be repeated in the afternoon. Please see breakout session descriptions listed previously. All room assignments will remain the same.

3:30pm -  3:45pm -Break

3:45pm - 4:45pm -  Roundtable Discussions
Roundtables offer the opportunity to discuss the full scope of a service delivery model from planning to implementation and lessons learned.  Participants will share their experiences.  Roundtables will be repeated on Friday from 8:30 9:30.

Roundtable Discussions:

Family Resource Centers
Community Presenters: Wilmington Park, California and Hampton, Virginia

Oral Health
NOTE: This roundtable will not be repeated on Friday morning
Community Presenters: Middletown, Connecticut and Pittsburg, Kansas 

Mental Health
Community Presenters: Bridgeport, Connecticut and the state of Louisiana

Child Care
Community Presenters: Rocky Mount, North Carolina and Bucks County, Pennsylvania 

Child Abuse Prevention
Community Presenters: Durham, North Carolina (Thursday only) and DuPage, Illinois

Home Visiting
Community Presenters: Brown County, Wisconsin and Cuyahoga County, Ohio

International Model: The British Columbia Experience
Community Presenter: British Columbia, Canada

Description: This session will describe a unique interdisciplinary academic and community agency partnership.  The project conducts action-based, community-driven research that involves professionals, parents, and other community members.  University level training is offered to agency staff, and information is shared with policy makers in order to implement a comprehensive system of early intervention services in British Columbia.
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International Model: The Israeli Experience
Community Presenter: Israel
Description: PACT (Parents and Children Together) is an early childhood intervention systems model designed to close the educational and developmental gap between the Ethiopian Israeli populations (who are recent émigrés to Israel) and the native Israeli population. Piloted in 1998, the model now operates in 14 Israeli cities, and the multi-city, multi-method evaluation has demonstrated its efficacy in closing that gap. Lessons learned about intervening with this special population and about creating a multidisciplinary coordinated system will be the discussion focus.
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Friday, June 8, 2007

8:00am - 8:30am- Continental Breakfast

8:30am - 9:30am - Roundtable Discussions
The roundtable discussions facilitated on Thursday, June 7 will be repeated (with the exception of Oral Health). Participants will be provided the opportunity to attend the session of their choice.

9:30am - 9:45am - Break

9:45am - 12:15pm - Policy Maker Briefing and Closing
Several summit participants will present action steps formulated during Thursday’s breakout sessions.  A panel of influential executive branch policy makers from the federal, state, and local levels will engage in a discussion of their reactions.  One or more U.S. Senators with positions of authority over services for young children and their families will offer remarks.
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