2021 Fall Conference

A Tale of Two Cities: Reconnecting Early Childhood Systems in a Post Pandemic World

October 21-22, 2021

Via Zoom

*The Pre-Conference Panel will take place on October 20th. Click HERE for more details.*


Member | $40

Non-Member | $65

Student | $25

Bundle: Membership + Conference | $90

In October of 2021, the fall conference will be held virtually over 3 days. This conference will highlight the ways in which early childhood professionals can take what they have learned during the pandemic and apply those thoughts to what it truly means to reconnect systems in a post-pandemic world.

To honor of the legacy of Tasha Muhammad, First3Years is excited to name the first lecture of each fall conference The Tasha Muhammad Memorial Lecture. Tasha was the epitome of an infant mental health pioneer and her reach stretched far and wide, even to those she did not meet. Although her legacy lives on in the hearts of her colleagues, we will honor her legacy with every fall conference to come.

The opening keynote will be presented by nationally renowned leader and sought-after presenter, Dr. Sherryl Scott Heller. Dr. Heller is the Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Tulane University Dr. Heller will present on the essential elements of reflective practice and reflective supervision (i.e., active listening, the impact of effect, and the use of open-ended questions) will be described. She will also include reflective exercises and a recorded reflective supervision session that will highlight the essential features discussed. Dr. Heller’s activities and discussions will support attendees in integrating the material presented into their everyday work lives. Additionally, Dr. Heller will host an interactive Q&A session to answer any questions about the reflective supervision process and implementing these skills in a post-pandemic world.

The closing keynote will be presented by internationally acclaimed Dr. Neal Horen. Dr. Horen is the Director of the Early Childhood Division at the Center for Child and Human Development, and the Director of the HOYA clinic in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University. Dr. Horen will present a lecture with additional Q&A time; his presentation will explore an overview of how to build and sustain early childhood systems of care in the present context of competing policy initiatives, workforce development, and financing issues most effectively. Attendees will be provided with an overview of how to conceptualize and design early childhood systems and concrete next steps in building their own system of care within their community.

We will also host a pre-conference panel on day one, October 20th. This pre-session workshop will allow for a panel discussion with Nicole Allen, Ximena Antunez de Mayolo, Shalyn Bravens, and Tonyel Edwards. This panel discussion will serve as our introductory discussion of A Tale of Two Cities: Reconnecting Early Childhood Systems in a Post Pandemic World. The panel, who come from various roles in early childhood will reflect upon how we can continue to integrate what we/they have learned over the past year, ie. bridging systems, addressing inequity, and more in a post-pandemic world.

*Please know that the pre-conference panel on October 20th is an add-on. The option to add-on the pre-conference panel will appear when you register.

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