Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1 (11:30am – 12:15pm)

1a)  Picking Up the Pieces: Building a Better Child Care System Post COVID-19

Presenters: Dionne Dobbins, Child Care Aware of America; Rebecca Clancy, Child Care Aware of Kansas

When COVID-19 was layered onto the already fragile child care system, it shattered. In this session, you will learn about Child Care Aware of America’s report on the changing child care landscape since the beginning of the pandemic. You will understand the national impact of the pandemic and hear on-the-ground examples of strategies to help families and providers from a state CCR&R leader.

1b) The Work of System Building: Infusing Healthy Eating and Physical Activity into State Early Care And Education (ECE) Systems 

Presenter: Christopher Botsko, HKHF TAP Evaluator

In this presentation, participants will have an opportunity to learn about and discuss a systems change model that has been developed based on the first two years of the Healthy Kids Healthy Future Technical Assistance Program evaluation. The session will describe the model and provide examples of state systems change work. Participants will have an opportunity to provide input on the model based on their own experience with systems change.


Breakout Session 2 (12:30 – 1:15pm)

2a) Building Strong Children: Promoting Social-Emotional Development to Support Healthy Practices in Young Children

Presenters: Dina Burstein, MD, MPH and Robert Sege, MD, PhD, Tufts Medical Center; Kelly Rogers, MPH and Lisa Spector, MD, Nemours Children’s Health System

In this session, attendees will learn about the importance of positive childhood experiences for healthy child development and how one promising program in Central Florida is helping to improve the social drivers of poor health in partnership with communities to harness education, resiliency and integrated services for children’s health and wellness.

2b) Following a Data Roadmap to a Healthy Future: Operationalizing GIS Mapping to Advance Your Action Plan

Presenters: Jasmin Springfield and Dionne Dobbins, Child Care Aware of America; Erin Olson, Iowa Department of Public Health

GIS maps can serve as tools to help inform strategies to improve both child care access and children’s health and nutrition initiatives. Explore how to use GIS maps to visualize child care program participation in CACFP, with the goal of expanding CACFP utilization and strengthening child care coalitions.


Breakout Session 3 (2:15 – 3:00pm)

3a) Maximizing CACFP in the Midst of COVID: Opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships

Presenters: Geraldine Henchy, Food and Research Action Center; Emily Keenum, Virginia Early Childhood Foundation; Donald Goff, Child Care Resources

In this presentation, attendees will learn about federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) opportunities, state partnerships and application of HKHF TAP resources. Attendees will also learn about innovative CACFP Sponsor Organization strategies that can be leveraged to engage more child care centers and family child care homes in CACFP in response to increased needs during the time of COVID-19.

3b) Advancing Equity for Healthy Outcomes: Two State Approaches to Integrating Equity

Presenters: Michael Royster, MD and Abby Charles, MPH, Institute for Public Health Innovation; Caliste Chong, Alabama Partnership for Children; Amy Meinen, Wisconsin’s Healthy Early

During this session, the Institute for Public Health Innovation will highlight the equity training and technical assistance opportunities that are available to state coalitions. In addition, two state leaders from Alabama and Wisconsin will share their experiences of applying the training content to guide the work of their ECE coalitions.


Breakout Session 4 (3:15 – 4:00pm)

4a) Food Security in ECE Settings during COVID: The Importance of Healthy Food Access & Food Skills Education

Presenters: Caron Gremont Share Our Strength/ No Kid Hungry; Leslie Levine, Cooking Matters Colorado

Join us to learn more about how improving access to healthy food and providing food skills education can support families, educators and your state during the COVID pandemic. We will address the latest food insecurity data and talk about opportunities and challenges on the federal level and with charitable programs. In addition, we will share best practices in working with child care providers and families for a comprehensive approach to food insecurity.

4b) Creating Healthy Outdoor Learning Environments

Presenters: Nilda Cosco, PhD and Robin Moore, North Carolina State University; Misty Pearson, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Naturalization of outdoor learning environments for young children broadens the diversity of children’s play and learning experiences; contributes to physical activity, healthy eating, and positive physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development; exposes children to living ecosystems and stimulates their curiosity to explore the wonders of nature early in life. In this session, attendees will gain an understanding of the impact of diverse naturalized outdoor environments on young children’s behavior and health. As a result, attendees will be able to recognize how community strategies can have a profound effect on children’s exposure to diverse outdoor environments and identify how state health organizations can make an impact on children’s health by adopting behavior-environment approaches.