Florida’s second home visiting and early childhood summit will be held October 21-23 in Palm Beach. The First 1000 Days Florida Conference will offer the latest research, skill-building activities and advocacy strategies for supporting expectant and new families. Registration opens in June.
Conference objectives include:
- To promote systems development and collaboration at the community and state levels among programs serving families with children prenatal-3.
- To identify cross-sector opportunities to strengthen the coordination and delivery of evidence-based, comprehensive services that support families with children prenatal-3 to include developmental-, physical- and mental- health, early care and education, home visiting and other maternal and child support services.
- To infuse infant mental health, trauma informed care and related cutting-edge practices into existing service delivery models used in Florida.
- To expand professional development opportunities for front-line staff around emerging science and evidence-based practice.
- To foster the development of a continuum of results based cross sector early childhood services spanning maternal and child health, prevention of child abuse and neglect, and school readiness through shared learning and advocacy.
Who Should Attend?
- Home visitors, care coordinators, case managers and other front-line staff
- Infant mental health practitioners
- Prenatal and women’s health care providers
- Coordinating agency staff and board members(Healthy Start Coalitions, Community-Based Care Agencies, Early Learning Coalitions)
- Program administrators
- State and community policymakers and funders
- Advocacy groups
- Model developers, evaluators and researchers
The conference, which will feature more than 40 workshops and five plenaries, is a collaborative effort of key statewide groups in maternal & child health, prevention & early intervention, school readiness and early child development, including:
- Florida Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) initiative/Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Inc. – sponsor
- Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach – sponsor
- Florida Association of Infant Mental Health
- Florida Children’s Coalition
- United Way of Florida
- Early Steps
- Florida Association of Early Learning Coalitions
- Miami Children’s Trust