Strengthening Collaboration and Coordination for Children with Multi-Service Needs: A Systems Approach by Zackary Gibson, Director of the Office of Adoption and Child Protection.
Director Gibson will talk about the interagency Memorandum of Understanding and how this increases communication with partners such as the Florida Department of Children and Families.The MOU is very important for increasing communication between the Early Learning Coalitions and partners when providing services for the same population. For example, when a foster child is referred to the ELC for School Readiness services, most of the times, the coalition just receives the authorization for child care (referral) form, but does not get any information about the child regarding any evaluations or screenings that have been done, or if the child is receiving services from other agencies like Early Steps, or if DCF has referred the child to additional services. If the inclusion specialist and/or CCR&R specialist at the coalition had this information, it may reduce the duplication of services from the inclusion specialist and would allow them to help the foster parent and/or case worker find a child care placement with trauma informed background for example.
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation by Lisa S. Negrini, LCSW, the Chief Operating Officer of USFSP’s Family Study Center and the Clinical and Training Director at the USFSP Infant-Family Center.
Lisa brings 25 years of experience in children and family mental health, evidence based interventions, training and professional development, infant mental health, family systems, trauma and non-profit leadership to her current role. She supports programs, advocacy, research, workforce development and new initiatives for young children and their families. Lisa supports an integrated community system of care for families that incorporates quality infant-family mental health, co-parenting, trauma informed practices and relationship-based caregiving. In her role she develops key partnerships and collaborations that disseminate effective strategies and services to meet the needs of young children and their families. Lisa is the President of the Florida Association of Infant Mental Health (FAIMH) where she supports state efforts to address issues effecting infants, toddlers and young children.
Classroom Strategies to Help Children Deal with Stress and Trauma by Dr. Mimi Graham, Director of the FSU Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy.
In this session you will learn about using a trauma-informed approach to adapt your classroom so that you can reduce stress and promote a sense of safety and security - essential for successful early learning. You’ll also learn about early childhood mental health consultation and other resources when children need supports beyond the classroom. Trauma-informed care will also help you have less stress and behavior challenges while concurrently helping the children you care for be happier and more successful.
Dr. Mimi Graham has been the Director of the Florida State University Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy since 1993, specializing in policy, training, and special projects for vulnerable infants and toddlers including the Early Childhood Coordinating Systems (ECCS) project on Trauma & Toxic Stress and the Harris Infant Mental Health Training Institute. She is active in the statewide Trauma Informed Care Workgroup and is spearheading statewide "baby" court teams to address the trauma of young children. She is the past president and co-founder of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health and a fellow with the Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families.
Program-Wide Implementation of the Pyramid Model to Promote the Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Competence of All Children by Dr. Lise Fox, Co-Director of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities and the University of South Florida Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.
Dr. Fox is a Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies and the Co-Director of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, the University of South Florida Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. She also serves as the Co-Division Director of The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC). She has a Ph. D. in early childhood special education from Florida State University (1989) and was a faculty member in the Department of Special Education of the University of Florida prior to her appointment at the University of South Florida. She was the principal investigator of the OSEP-funded Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children and a faculty member with the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning. She is currently engaged in research and technical assistance projects related to the implementation of evidence-based practices with in early care, education, and early intervention systems; state and program implementation technical assistance; and the implementation of the Pyramid Model (program-wide positive behavior support).Dr. Fox is a nationally-recognized leader in interventions related to young children and challenging behavior and the author of many articles, chapters, and books related to improving practices and programs for young children.