Upcoming Webinar Making a Difference: Maternal Depression


Date and Time: March 27, 2018 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET/12:00 – 1:00 pm CT/11:00 am – 12:00 pm MT/10:00 – 11:00 am PT

Description:  Maternal depression encompasses a range of conditions that can affect women at any time, and occurs most often during pregnancy and in the first year postpartum.  Having a depressed mother can have a negative impact on young children’s behavior and social/emotional development. Home visitors and early childhood professionals are often best positioned to support very young children and their families. Infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) consultants can help home visitors and early care and education (ECE) providers learn the skills needed to support children and families who are experiencing the effects of maternal depression.

This webinar will explore the role of IECMH consultants in building staff capacity to identify maternal depression and support mothers and their young children through screening, support, and linkages to evidence-based prevention and treatment services. After attending this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand how maternal depression affects infants and toddlers.
  • Understand how IECMH consultants can help ECE providers and home visitors identify maternal depression in the families they serve.
  • Identify strategies to address maternal depression in ECE and home visiting settings.

Who Should Attend? This webinar is for program directors in infant and early childhood mental health consultation, early care and education, Early Head Start and Head Start, and home visiting, as well as federal, state, tribal, and community maternal and child health agency workers.

Please forward this invitation to anyone who may be interested in attending.


  • Deborah Perry, Expert Mentor with the Center of Excellence for IECMHC, and Director of Research and Evaluation and a Research Professor at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
  • Cathy Ayoub, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, and Director of Research and Evaluation at Brazelton Touchpoint Center
  • Debra Sosin, Program Manager for Family Connections at Brazelton Touchpoint Center

Please register by March 26, 2018 to receive webinar login information.


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Social-Emotional Learning & ECE Program Culture: How to facilitate resilience and inclusive culture, By Dr. Maurice Elias

Early Childhood Investigations Webinars

Time: December 16, 2015, 2:00pm to 3:30pm ET

Presenter: Maurice Elias

This presentation will focus on how early childhood education programs can systematically build social-emotional learning/emotional intelligence skills in young children and enhance program culture and climate.

While many nations, and states in the U.S., include social-emotional skills among their standards, there has been less emphasis on how to build those skills in sustained ways. That includes not only classroom instruction and routines, but also how parents are reached and addressed. This presentation will focus on the most relevant SEL skills for young children, how they can be developed in schools, and how educators can take a lead role in bringing parents along in their ability to become life-long promoters of their children’s SEL abilities. These strategies will improve school culture and climate to build an environment of inclusion for families, children, and staff. Specific techniques for emotion recognition and regulation, social awareness, empathy, problem solving, and relationship skills will be demonstrated via examples and videos. I will show how to improve school culture and climate, as well as children’s’ social-emotional development by integrating skill building into classroom routines (like circle time and moving into Centers), language/vocabulary (particularly emotion vocabulary), non-verbal cues (how to read stories’ pictures before text), reading (stories that older siblings and parents can read to young children to build their “EQ”), and parental follow through (how to foster “Emotionally Intelligent Parenting”). Opportunities for questions and follow up will be provided.

Source: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars

Available at: http://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/social-emotional-learning-ece-program-culture-how-to-facilitate-resilience-and-inclusive-culture-by-dr-maurice-elias/

Managing Mild Autism in Early Childhood Inclusive Classrooms: Top Teaching Strategies for Children with Mild ASD, by Michael Assel and Libby Hall

Early Childhood Investigations Webinars

Webinar Time: December 9, 2015, 2pm – 3:30pm ET
Presenters: Libby Hall and Michael Assel

Your program is proud to be an inclusive environment. Children of all abilities are welcome, and your teachers work hard to facilitate learning that meets every child’s needs, but they are frequently challenged  when it comes to engaging children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Without specialized training and/or individual aides, teachers often are often unable to find the right strategies to meet the needs of children with ASD. This actionable webinar will offer participants strategies they can use to engage and facilitate learning for children with ASD in early education classrooms through the lens of an expert, Dr. Michael Assel, and the lens of an experienced practitioner, Libby Hall. Both Mike and Libby have rich experience working with children with Autism in classroom settings. Join this webinar to learn the strategies they have used and refined through years of experience.

All sessions are 1.5 hours long, and include a brief announcement from our sponsor.

Can’t participate in our webinars at the appointed time? Never fear! All of the webinars are recorded. To view the recording, simply register now and you will receive an email with a link to the recording when it is ready to be viewed. You can still download the certificate by watching the recording to the end when the certificate link is announced and displayed on the screen.

*Please be advised that you will only be eligible for the great door prizes if you participate in the live session.

Source: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars

Available at: http://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/managing-mild-autism-in-early-childhood-classrooms-top-teaching-strategies-children-with-mild-asd-by-michael-assel-and-libby-hall/

Welcome to OHS Health Talks


A Health Talk is a pre-recorded video or podcast that allows health managers to explore deeper into specific health topics.The Health Talks include two series:

  • Health Chats: Listen, as new tools and strategies are discussed to improve health outcomes for children.
  • Ask the Experts: Get answers to frequently asked questions from pediatricians, dentists, psychologists, and other health professionals.

Health Talks offer an easy way to learn more about some of the health issues that concern the early childhood community. Health professionals, technical assistance providers, and other early childhood health and safety staff share information on a variety of topics. The topics are chosen based on questions and suggestions submitted from the field. Send your suggestions for the next Ask the Expert or Health Chat presentations to nchinfo@aap.org.

What is a Health Chat

  • Digging Deeper into Safety and Injury Prevention Data
  • Using Stepping Stones and Compliance with Care to Support Infants and Toddlers
  • Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Ask the Expert

  • What is Ask the Expert
  • Head Lice
  • Head Start and the Medical Home
  • Nurturing Health and Wellness in Early Childhood: Nurturing the Brain, the Environment, and the Nurturer

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center, National Center on Health

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/health/health-services-management/program-planning/health-talks.html

A Week on Active Supervision: Keeping Children Safe


The goal of the Week on Active Supervision: Keeping Children Safe is to provide practical support to programs in complying with the Head Start Program Performance Standards related to child supervision. Daily webinars this week will highlight these resources and show how the materials can be used across the birth to 5 continuum.The Office of Head Start (OHS) worked with the National Centers on Health (NCH), Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL), and Program Management and Fiscal Operations (NCPMFO), and the Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHS NRC) to develop these resources for you.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center, Office of Head Start

Available at: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/health/safety-injury-prevention/safe-healthy-environments/active-supervision-safety.html

Strong Connections for Strong Kids: Working Through the Challenges of System Collaboration

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
1 – 2 p.m. EST

Join the Head Start National Center on Health (NCH) for a webinar that brings together health care and Head Start experts. Learn to address the challenges that can arise when multiple systems are caring for children and families. The webinar will highlight the differing requirements for each system. It will also explore ways that communities have worked through them to provide the best support to children.

Topics for the webinar include:

  • How the Head Start Program Performance Standards and pediatric preventive services guidelines intersect
  • Examples of communities overcoming the challenges of collaboration
  • Key Head Start and health care systems staff who can help coordinate a collaborative approach to overcoming system challenges

Who Should Participate?

This webinar will benefit an array of audiences, including: Head Start health managers and staff, center directors, and education managers; regional program managers; pediatricians and members of the medical home team; health care system leaders; and American Academy of Pediatrics chapter members and staff.

How to Register

Participation is free. Select this link to register:

After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. This presentation will be recorded and archived in the NCH portal on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) for later viewing.

Certificate of Participation

Participants will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of an online evaluation. A link will be available when the webinar closes. Participants must complete the online evaluation in order to receive a certificate. Only participants in the live presentation will be eligible.


For more information, contact NCH at nchinfo@aap.org or 1-888-227-5125.

More Than Fun and Games! Digital Technologies and Children’s Learning

Friday, Nov. 14, 20143–4 p.m. EST

The National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning

NCQTL is pleased to present Teacher Time, the webinar for Head Start teachers. Each month, Kristin Ainslie and Dawn Williams consult, learn from, and talk with a special guest, a Head Start teacher, or researcher in the field about the joys and challenges of teaching young children.

Children are fascinated with digital technology and interactive media. But how can teachers use these hands-on, interactive tools to provide more ways for children to learn and create? Join us Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at 3 p.m. EST for More Than Fun and Games! Digital Technologies and Children’s Learning. We’ll explore safe and fun! ways to use technology in the classroom.

We will look at what research and recommended practices tell us about using digital technologies with young children. Come away with ideas you can use to impact children’s development and imagination through digital storytelling, video recording and playback, and assistive technology.

Topics for the webinar include:

  • Why it’s important to build technological fluency
  • How you can expand young children’s access to new content with interactive technology
  • How technology offers hands-on, engaging, and appropriate additions to the classroom curriculum

To see more on this topic, check out these resources:

Who Should Watch?

While anyone is welcome to participate in these webinars, they are specifically designed to meet the unique demands of Head Start teachers.

Viewing the Webinar

There is no need to pre-register. On the day of the webinar, select this link to join: http://teachertime.org/

To review system requirements and for troubleshooting information, visit: http://mcguirk.ncqtl.washington.edu/ttfaq

Stay Connected with #NCQTL

We encourage you to follow us on Twitter! If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still follow the conversation at www.twitter.com/#NCQTL.

We Want to Hear from You!

What are the children in your class doing? You can share ideas with other Head Start teachers across the country. Just email ncqtl@uw.edu with a photo, lesson plan, or activity that you’d like us to include in a future Teacher Time webinar. Be sure not to include children or adults in the photos, for confidentiality reasons.


You may send your questions to ncqtl@uw.edu or call (toll-free) 1-877-731-0764. Sign up to receive information and resources about quality teaching and learning.


Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Early Childhood Workforce 25 Years After the National Child Care Staffing Study

November 20, 2014 12:00 – 1:00 pm

The National Child Care Staffing Study NCCSS released in 1989, brought national attention for the first time to poverty-level wages and high turnover among early childhood teaching staff, and to the adverse consequences for children. In the succeeding 25 years, combined developments in science, practice, and policy have dramatically shifted the context for discussions about the status of early childhood teaching jobs, and the importance of attracting and retaining a well-prepared workforce that is capable of promoting young children’s learning, health and development. This confluence of trends carries vast implications for what we expect of those teaching young children. A new report by the National Child Care Staffing Study original authors examines the current status of the early childhood teaching workforce, and rethinking how our nation is preparing, supporting, and rewarding these teachers.

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Marcy Whitebook, Director and Dr. Lea Austin, Specialist of the University of California at Berkeleys Center for the Study of Child Care Employment. Administration for Children and Families Deputy Assistant Secretary Linda Smith and Office of Child Care Director Shannon Rudisill will welcome and introduce this webinar.

Source: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Available at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/191149206

Early Childhood Investigations Webinars

Welcome to Early Childhood Investigations! The concept for this webinar series began  a long time ago when  I was a child care administrator who discovered a passion for using technology to get things done. Ever since, it’s been my dream to use technology to enhance practice for other early childhood administrators.

Over the years, in several positions, I was fortunate to have opportunities to blend my passion for early childhood education with my interest in technology– learning every step of the way. Now I am an independent consultant with my own company, Engagement Strategies, and I decided to do something I’ve always wanted to do: Make professional development affordable and accessible for my colleagues.

Offering webinars not only requires technology know-how and friends who know how to deliver great presentations*, it also requires great partnerships and financial backing.  In May of 2010, I shared my idea for the webinar series with Judi Coffey, the CEO of Robert-Leslie Publishing.  Judi agreed to make Robert-Leslie the sponsor of Early Childhood Investigations for the inaugural year of the series. I am grateful for the generous sponsorship that helped me launch my dream and keep it alive for more than a year. Now I’m on a new journey to find new sponsors who also share the dream of connecting educators with great thought leaders.

I launched the series in July, 2010, and were thrilled to make a big impact by providing webinars to thousands of smart, savvy, and creative early childhood colleagues.

I am committed to continuing this initiative as long as there is interest from my colleagues in early care and education. I hope you will come along for the ride.

Source: Early Childhood Investigations

Available at: http://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/infant-toddler-social-emotional-development-the-heart-of-early-learning-by-peter-mangione/

Comprometiendo a las familias en la transición al kínder

August 2014

Vea cómo un programa de Head Start en Laguna, NM prepara a los niños y las familias para la transición al kindergarten. Las asociaciones sólidas entre las familias, los programas y las escuelas conducen a un mayor éxito para los niños. Descubra estrategias específicas que apoyan a los niños y las familias durante esta importante transición.

Source: National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement and the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/Espanol/participacion/pfce-esp/transition-to-kindergarten.html