Opening Minds is pleased to announce the following sessions in partnership with the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness

4 th Annual National Dialogue with Nurse and Child Care Health Consultants (3 Hours)

John Borrero, M.Ed., National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness

The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act include provisions related to health and safety requirements for all providers that receive payment from the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). A successful Child Care Health Consultant understands what programs are being asked to do.  Use this session as your opportunity to review CCDF requirements, learn about resources available and hear from other consultants what helped them to be successful.  This session also includes a facilitated discussion with an expert panel who can help us look at a range of health and safety issues and give advice on how to address them.  This is a great session for experienced providers who want to refresh their knowledge of what’s happening right now in child care.

Update on Caring for Our Children Standards.

What’s new?

Every day millions of children attend early care and education programs.   It is critical that they have the opportunity to grow and learn in healthy and safe environments with caring and professional caregivers.  Following health and safety best practices is an important way to provide quality early care and education for young children.  This is why Caring for Our Children, 3rd edition has been an invaluable resource to pediatricians, nurses, providers and consultants around the world.   The national standards in CFOC represent the best evidence, expertise, and experience in the country on quality health and safety practices that should be followed in today’s early care and education settings.

But, did you know that changes are constantly being made to the content?  The American Academy of Pediatrics updates the standards regularly to respond to evolving health issues and to rewrite standards where the advice around best practice has changed.  There have been dozens of changes made to Caring for our Children since the last publication.

Come to this session to find out what has changed.

Healthy Homes: Health and Wellness Resources for Family Child Care Providers

The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act outlines health and safety requirements for all providers that receive payment from the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). Since that legislation, we have seen more guidance and resources for Family Child Care providers. This interactive 90-minute session will serve as an overview of those resources and strategies, and will launch us into a discussion around what providers can do today to strengthen their practice in health and safety. If you’re an FCC provider and you want to take a smart look at your health and safety practices, this is the session for you.

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (3 hours)

Dr. Neal Horen, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development

Infant and early childhood mental health consultation (I/ECMHC) has been identified as an effective strategy for addressing young children’s challenging behaviors and for supporting their social/emotional development.  The EHS/HS program supports this model through the Head Start Program Performance Standards that require a mental health professional to be on-site to provide mental health consultation.  In this session you will learn about: the role of the mental health consultant in early care and education; effective strategies for designing your mental health consultation services; and resources for developing or sustaining an effective mental health consultation system.

Dr. Neal Horen is a clinical psychologist who has focused on community-based work for the last fifteen years. He is Director of the Early Childhood Division and Co-director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development. Dr. Horen is the co-lead on mental health for the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness for Head Start, the lead on the Center of Excellence on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and the lead Early Childhood Consultant for the National TA Network. Dr. Horen has worked closely with numerous states, tribes, territories and communities in supporting their development of systems of care for young children and their families. In addition, Dr. Horen continues to spend time working in direct clinical care including development of social skills interventions for young children and is director of the HOYA clinic which offers therapeutic and assessment services for young children and families. Dr. Horen’s primary interest is in early childhood mental health and he has lectured extensively on infant and early childhood mental health, challenging behaviors in young children, social skills development, as well as the impact of trauma on child development. He is the proud father of four children.

Additional Sessions Include

Spit Happens: Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools

Presented by Michele Cheung, MD, MPH, FAAP, board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. This session will include information on emerging illnesses and epidemics. Details from the AAP Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools, 4th Edition will be highlighted, including the importance of hand washing, sanitizing, and disinfecting.

Emergency Preparedness Planning: Why Wait?

Shana Godfred-Cato, DO, FAAP, Board Certified Pediatrician from Austin, Texas.

This session will include basic information on emergency preparedness. This session will include information on what to pack in an emergency kit and how child care/Head Start should be prepared to deal with medication administration issues during an emergency. Information on how to deal with psychological first aid during and after a disaster will also be highlighted.

“I’ve wanted to be a pediatrician since my elementary school days, as I love working with children of all ages. I believe that the whole family is the patient and should be involved in decision-making when appropriate, to support the whole family unit for a successful outcome. Open communication is extremely important in all interactions.” Shana Godfred-Cato, DO, FAAP

Bari Koral: Kids Yoga + Music + Movement

Yogapalooza: Incorporate yoga into your classroom with music, tips, tools and creative relaxation.

A trip to the moon? Yoga with a Dancing Bear?! Discover a wonderful world of beloved songs and activities that make it easy to teach yoga to children.  Incorporate yoga into your classroom with music, tips, tools and creative relaxation.

“After grappling with anxiety for almost a decade, I dove deep into the world of yoga and meditation to help restore and heal my nervous system. Since then I have shared these tools with almost 10,000 teachers (and counting)…”

“Bari Koral is the preeminent authority on kids yoga and music. But more important than that, children and teachers simply love her. “ – Greg Scelsa/Greg & Steve

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This is just a preview of what’s planned. More sessions, descriptions, and presenters will be added, regularly. Follow us on Facebook, to get updates in real time. The full schedule of listings will be available in January.