State Conference


Save the Date!  2018 First 1000 Days Florida Summit September 26-28, 2018 in Palm Beach

We are planning another great multi-sector, multi-disciplinary conference for home visitors and other early childhood staff working in maternal and child health, prevention of abuse & neglect and school readiness!  Mark your calendar and plan to attend this highly acclaimed event in the fall of 2018.  It will be worth the wait!

Convening sponsors:  Florida MIECHV and the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County


2015 First 1000 Days Florida Summit

Nearly 700 participants joined early childhood experts at the First 1000 Days Florida Summit Oct. 21-23, 2015 in Palm Beach to learn about the latest research, build skills and develop an advocacy agenda to improve outcomes for expectant and new families.First 1000 Days

Sponsored by Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Florida MIECHV and a host of other early childhood organizations, the multi-disciplinary conference focused attention on the importance of investing early during this critical period of brain development.

Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Pariente, a member of the state’s Children & Youth Cabinet, opened the conference and underscored the need for improved services and better coordination across sectors. Dr. David Willis, head of the federal home visiting and early childhood systems development initiatives, described the first 1000 days as “a unique window of opportunity to shape healthier and more prosperous futures.”

Other plenary speakers included Dr. Brenda Jones-Harden who highlighted the impact of toxic stress and offered strategies for “bending the curve” for young children, especially those in the child welfare system. Dr. Erika Hoff shared her research on language development during the luncheon plenary, and an expert panel provided commentary on challenges in finding quality child care following excerpts from a new documentary, The Raising of America. Author and advocate Paul Schmitz closed the three-day gathering with testimony about the power of collective impact and challenged participants to lead from the community up.

More than 40 multi-disciplinary, cross-sector workshops were offered at the conference which brought together home visitors and other early childhood providers in maternal and infant health, prevention of abuse and neglect, early intervention and school readiness.

The summit featured a Showcase of Best Practices with nearly 30 poster presentations highlighting innovative efforts to engage and serve families with young children. The top posters, selected by a group of early childhood experts, were recognized along with a People’s Choice winner, chosen by a vote of by summit participants. The Showcase was sponsored by the Quantum Foundation.

Certificate of Attendance

2014 Many Paths to Enhancing Parent Child Relationships

Dr. David Willis, national MIECHV director, and Dr. Mary Dozier, ABC program developer, were keynotes at Florida’s first early childhood summit April 23-25, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.  Many Paths to Enhancing Parent Child Relationships highlighted innovative approaches to providing infant mental health, home visiting and Part C services. 

The conference was a collaboration of the Florida Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Initiative, the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health, and Florida Early Steps. The event featured a variety of skill-building workshops around trauma screening, integration of services, prenatal alcohol exposure and substance exposed babies, motivational interviewing and strategies for working with fathers, military families, teen parents and families affected by domestic violence. More than 400 participants attended the meeting.