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Early Childhood
Quality Improvement Summit – East

Atlantic City, NJ
June 18-20, 2019

About the Quality Improvement Summit

This event is the first of its kind for early childhood programs.  It focuses on the tools and resources you need to move from traditional compliance to one of measurable program outcomes. For Head Start programs, it is a unique opportunity for stepping up to Performance Standard requirements around data and continuous quality improvement.

Schedule

Tues, June 18 – Pre-Summit Training

12:30 Registration/Check In

1:00 Data Utilization for Decision Making and Continuous Quality Improvement

Trainer: Andrew Krugly
In this interactive, hands-on training, participants will explore different types of data, the levels and purposes for data use, and the data cycle. Participants will have the opportunity through applied learning activities, to be a part of data interpretation dialogs and move into action planning for continuous quality improvement. The session will also explore what it means and how to evaluate action plans. The session will address a range of program data: classroom, family, health and attendance and examine how they can come together to support program quality. This session will address a range of program data, e.g. student outcomes, family, enrollment and attendance data, and how different types of data can come together to support program quality.

5:00 Training Concludes

Wed, June 19 – Summit

8:00 Registration, Coffee & Tea

9:00 Welcome

Opening Panel: Learning from Top Performing Programs
Hear the findings of a just published, multi-year study of five exemplary Head Start programs. This in-depth project examined programs that achieved outcomes demonstrably higher than typical Head Start programs. All five programs deploy deliberate strategies for their data use and are leading the country incorporating continuous improvement methods as envisioned in the federal Performance Standards.

10:45 Applying Improvement Science to Education – Catherine Miller

While improvement science is new to early childhood, its practice in K-12 education began over a decade ago. Learn about how improvement science is practiced, how it differs from traditional research and evaluation, and practical ways that schools are using these strategies to improve child outcomes.  The Carnegie Foundation for the Advance of Teaching is leading the way infusing improvement science into education, and Carnegie’s Dr. Miller has been translating this valuable content for early childhood practitioners.

11:45 Break

1:00 Data Science with Flair: Strategies and Tools for Quality Improvement – Stuart Jones

New federal standards are raising the bar for how to work with data. Acorn Evaluation has been supporting Head Start programs nationally to develop new insights that drive continuous improvement. Hear what their clients are finding: ways of approaching data that are creating new insights, do-able strategies for assessing the validity of program data, and visualization tools that convey key information to staff. Stuart will share experience with federal monitoring teams and leave you with inspiration, ideas, and resources.

2:30 Resources for Assessing Community Needs – Andrea Abbott and Peter Huffaker.

The strongest needs assessments are conducted by programs that are intentional about data.  In this session we’ll explore five key public data bases and creative ways to use them for effective planning, including how to look up grant information for neighboring programs and how to calculate a competitive cost per child for your next grant proposal.  We’ll also explore the biggest mistakes programs make on their needs assessments and how to avoid them.

3:15 Break / Snacks

3:45 Solution Showcase

Sometimes it’s easier to see a demo or hear first-hand from the creator of a new product or resource, than just to read about it. The “Solution Showcase” will feature diverse, innovative early childhood data and quality improvement offerings. Speakers have been vetted in advance and will present five minute executive summaries of their particular resource, with opportunities for participants to follow up with offerings of interest.

5:15 Reception

Thurs, June 20 – Summit

8:00 Coffee & Tea

8:30 Opening; Averting Enrollment Shortfalls: Using Predictive Analytics – Kathryn Black

Under-enrollment is one of the greatest fears and stressors for early childhood program leaders. With some creative analysis and testing, however, data savvy programs can anticipate and mitigate enrollment hazards. Learn how pro-active programs are improving their odds for success before school even starts, and then how you can apply the science of predictive analytics to tackle other program challenges as well.

9:10 Chronic Absence: An Early Alarm and a Resource for CQI – Sue Fothergill

Chronic absence is a critical metric and yet many programs don’t even track it (they think they can use average daily attendance instead). In this session, learn how pro-active programs are parsing their attendance data, discovering new insights and applying a public health approach to improve child attendance, creating measurably stronger child outcomes. They are also building their staff’s comfort with data and promoting an agency-wide culture of improvement.

10:10 Break

10:30 Leveraging Family Data to Strengthen Program Strategy – Peter Huffaker

Family assessment data is an often overlooked resource that can provide valuable direction to program leaders.  In this session, CCR Analytics will share what they have learned from listening to over a half million Head Start families, and how programs can better deploy family support staff and enhance their educational strategies, guided by their family data.

11:10 Bringing it All Together as Leaders – Steven Russell

In this panel, Head Start leaders will discuss how they are negotiating the transition from simple compliance to measuring outcomes and improving quality. They will share how they approach management and leadership styles that support a culture above and beyond their particular data systems.

12:10 Luncheon / Table Topics

 1:00 Closing Keynote – Blanca Enriquez

Dr. Blanca Enriquez’s career has exemplified commitment and service to vulnerable children and families.  She played an instrumental role at the federal Office of Head Start, overseeing the completion of the current Head Start Performance Standards which created new expectations for the use of data to drive program quality.   Dr. Enriquez will reflect on the challenges and opportunities for program leaders in response to these new expectations.

2:00 Adjourn

June 18-20, 2019 in Atlantic City, NJ
Early Impact: Quality Improvement Summit

Initial Speakers

Rick Mockler

Rick Mockler serves as Principal of Early Intel, a firm specializing in performance data and quality improvement for early childhood providers. He previously  served as Chief Quality Improvement Officer for…

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Dr. Sheila Brookes

Dr. Sheila Brookes is a Research Analyst at AEM Corp. with expertise in data analysis, screening, assessments, home visiting, and public policy. She has a Ph. D. in Human Development…

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Victoria Ankrah

Victoria Ankrah serves as Executive Director of Acelero Learning in Camden/Philadelphia, where the program has grown from serving 90 infants and toddlers out of a single facility in Camden to…

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Steven Russell

Steven Russell currently works for the Head Start National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (PMFO). Steve has extensive experience leading and managing early care and education programs including…

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Lauri Morrison-Frichtl

Lauri Morrison-Frichtl has served as Executive Director for the Illinois Head Start Association since 2006. Prior to joining Head Start, Lauri worked in child care as a teacher and director.…

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Katie Connor

Katie Connor is the Senior Director of Product Development and Support for Acelero Learning/Shine Early Learning. Katie initially joined Acelero in 2010 as the Director of Analysis for the Camden/Philadelphia…

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Steve Lipton

Steve Lipton serves in several leadership roles, helping Wipfli LLP’s clients achieve their mission and improve their outcomes. His roles include leading the firm’s nonprofit and government practice, a diverse…

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Dr. Blanca Enriquez

Dr. Enriquez began her early childhood career as a teacher assistant while completing her undergraduate degree as an elementary school teacher. This experience ignited her passion for advancing young children’s…

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Dr. Catherine Miller

Dr. Catherine Miller is an associate in learning resource design and development at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where she works to translate the foundation’s work in…

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Sue Fothergill

Sue Fothergill serves as Associate Director of Attendance Works, where she facilitates the national policy and practice network to strengthen school attendance and child outcomes. Ms. Fothergill is also responsible…

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Kathryn Black

Kathryn Black is the Manager of the Research & Innovation team at CAP Tulsa.  She has worked at CAP Tulsa for nearly 7 years.  Kathryn holds a Master of Science…

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Ashley LiBetti

Ashley LiBetti is an associate partner with Bellwether Education Partners in the Policy and Evaluation practice area. Since joining Bellwether in 2013, Ashley has developed deep expertise in early childhood…

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Registration

Pre-Conference Training – June 18:

Half-day training: $145

Conference – June 19-20:

Regular Registration: $545 (April 23 – June 11)

Late/Onsite Registration: $615 (after June 11, space permitting)

Event registration is being managed by the Pennsylvania Head Start Association.
Co-hosts also include the New Jersey and New York Head Start Associations.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

Early Impact is a great opportunity to connect with early childhood program directors and managers who are leading the way around data and quality improvement. For details on exhibitor, advertising or sponsorship opportunities, click the button below.

Thanks to our Event Sponsor, Shine Early Learning, for their generous support.” 

Venue

The Summit will be held at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City. The venue boasts a brand new conference area, newly renovated sleeping rooms, a dozen dining options, shopping, live shows and is a quick ride to the beach and boardwalk.

The room rate is $99 per night plus a discounted, $15 resort fee. The hotel’s additional person fee is $20 per person.

Location

Harrah’s Resort
777 Harrah’s Blvd
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401

CALL-INS:

Room Reservations:        888-516-2215 (8am-2am EST seven days a week)
Group name:                     Early Impact Quality Summit 2019
Group code:                      SH06EA9 or ask for the “Early Impact Quality“ block

What People are Saying

Participant feedback from the 2018 Summit

"I’ll be sharing a lot with my team about presenting and analyzing data and about chronic absence. Got new and relevant ideas. Very applicable to our work."

"Learning about various data collection tools was really valuable."

"Panel discussion and speakers were all excellent! Stuart’s ability to engage and demonstrate examples of how to make data tell a story was so beneficial. Thank you!"

"Examples of real data….it opened my eyes as to what to collect and what to do with what we’ve collected for CQI."

"The hands on “real” tools and strategies to help us do this work at home is invaluable."

"Opening panel was full of ah-hah! Moments and it set the tone and expectations for the rest of the event."

"The topic and the varied speakers were great. Loved the variety."

"All the information was amazing. I like that I didn’t have to choose which sessions to attend."

Contact

For questions on registration, contact
Carrie Spina
carrie@paheadstart.org
717-526-4646 

For program and content questions, contact
Marcia Durst
marcia@durstevents.com.

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