2017 Partner Summit
November 7-9, 2017
The 12th annual Partner Summit was a great success, with over 200 state and national partners in attendance, compelling and provocative plenaries and breakout sessions, and more than 100 individual TA sessions. See below for the agenda, along with links to the presentations and related resources from the sessions.
Tuesday, November 7
Registration – Pegasus South Foyer
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Opening Reception – Poolside
Wednesday, November 8
7:30am – 8:15am
Registration – Pegasus South Foyer
Breakfast – Pegasus South/Patio
New Alliance Partner Breakfast – Pegasus East 3&4
Breakfast for Foundation Partners (by invitation only) – Bordeaux Room
TA Consultation Meetings – Board Room B, Board Room C
8:30am – 10:00 am
Opening Plenary – Dr. Manuel Pastor, University of Southern California
Looking Forward: A Changing America and the Context for Early Childhood Advocacy – Lagoon Pavilion
The United States is going through rapid demographic, economic, and social change, a combustible stew that has sometimes fed into national division and discord. Part of the shift is generational and racial: an older and whiter electorate is disconnected from a younger and more diverse America. Early childhood advocates are often on the cutting edge of these fault-lines and can be critical players in crafting a broader understanding of our common fate. How does such alliance-building happen? What lessons can state advocates and policymakers learn from metropolitan areas forging new understandings between groups, geographies, and generations? How can we bubble up those lessons to craft a broader consensus that equity and inclusion, particularly of the young, is key to the prosperity and economic stability of states and our nation?
Opening Plenary PPT
10am – 10:30am
10:30am – 11:45am
Continuing the Conversation – Looking Forward: A Changing America and the Context for Early Childhood Advocacy – Board Room 1
Join us for a peer-to-peer discussion on how the themes and ideas from Dr. Pastor’s remarks apply to our work as early childhood advocates and as Americans.
Lisa Klein, Alliance for Early Success
Getting to Root Causes of Suspensions and Expulsions – Board Room 4
Ameshia Cross, National Black Child Development Institute
Carey McCann, The BUILD Initiative
Multiple states passed bills last session to address expulsions and suspensions of young children from early learning programs, in part because of the evidence of racial and ethnic disparities in expulsion/suspension rates. Elected officials are reaching for quick fixes, like legislation that prevents these disciplinary practices, but the greater challenge is to address the underlying conditions that lead to expulsions/suspensions. NBCDI and BUILD will share how they are working in states to assess and identify policies that address racial bias, support teachers, and promote trauma-informed care.
Leveraging the Local: A Means to Build Credibility and Expertise – Board Room 2
Dana Hepper, Children’s Institute (OR)
Amy O’Leary, Strategies for Children (MA)
Becky Veak, First Five Nebraska
Early childhood advocates are engaging more deeply at the local level to strengthen their state policy and advocacy efforts. Understanding community landscapes allow advocates to go beyond state-level aggregate data and bring issues closer to home for decision-makers. It also helps advocates use local results to inform policy development. This session focuses on ways advocates are building stronger cases, creating more effective and efficient policies, and informing state officials by using local data, cultivating relationships with local elected officials, and identifying local “movers and shakers.” Advocates in Nebraska, Massachusetts, and Oregon are making the issues REAL and building trust, credibility, and expertise through their local work. Come hear about strategies for leveraging the local to yield better outcomes for young children.
Momentum Building for Paid Family Leave – Board Room 3
Leanne Barrett, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
Ellen Bravo, Family Values @ Work
Washington State, New York, and Washington DC have joined California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island to implement paid family leave, doubling the number of states that provide this benefit. Are more wins on the horizon, paving the way for a national paid leave program? What does paid leave look like? How much is enough? And how do we pay for it? Learn how states are taking different approaches to answering these questions.
12:00 pm – 1:15pm
Lunch – Pegasus South/Patio
Alliance Investor Lunch (by invitation only) – Bordeaux Room
TA Consultation Meetings – Board Room B, Board Room C
1:30pm – 2:45pm
Breakout Sessions Assessing Assessments: A Florida Case Study – Board Room 4
Brittany Birken, Florida Children’s Council
Karen Ortiz, Helios Foundation
Last year, the Florida legislature initiated the creation of The Committee for Early Grade Success. The committee’s charge is to create a road map for a coordinate child assessment system for (1) the child care subsidy program, (2) the voluntary state pre-k program, and (3) the mandatory kindergarten readiness assessment. Come hear a national perspective on what we’ve learned about assessment in the past few years, as well as how Florida is tackling both the technical and political challenges to coordinating multiple assessments in the state.
Early Childhood Across the Aisle – Board Room 3
Stephanie Monroe, Wrenwood Group
Linda Smith, Bipartisan Policy Center
The current political and policy environment is increasingly polarized. But there is good news. Data from past and recent polls shows that early childhood is a bi-partisan issue. A new report on early childhood was recently released by the Bipartisan Policy Center. Linda Smith, formerly the deputy assistant secretary for early childhood development at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is now director of BPC’s Early Childhood Development Initiative. Stephanie Monroe, President and founder of The Wrenwood Group, has deep early childhood knowledge from serving as Assistant Secretary of Education and working on the Child Care and Development Block Grant, the Head Start Act, and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Family Act among others during her 25 years on Capitol Hill. Join the conversation as Linda and Stephanie share perspectives on different ways to frame and message early childhood.
Go Tell It On (this particular) Mountain – Board Room 2
Margie Newman, Intesa Communications Group
In this interactive communications workshop, you’ll learn about practical tips and tactics you can activate to create savvy, targeted, and memorable messages that advance your policy goals. Margie Newman is an award-winning, go-to communications strategist for civic leaders and early childhood development organizations across the country. Today, she’s focused on you.
Pathways to an Effective Early Learning Workforce: (Re)Calculating Route… – Board Room 1
Lauren Hogan, National Association for the Education of Young Children
Abbie Lieberman, New America
Ruth Schmidt, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association
Advocates and policymakers have long tried to develop a well-prepared, effective, diverse, and well-compensated early care and education workforce. States have implemented a variety of strategies, but thus far, advances have been slow or marginal. Are we putting our eggs in the right baskets, or too many baskets? Are we engaging the right stakeholders or pulling the most impactful policy levers? Are we confident that our strategies will bear fruit, or are we kind of muddling through? This session will use a policy scan that NAEYC and New America have conducted in states as part of the Power to the Profession project as a launching pad for discussing these questions. Participants from states will use portions of this tool to explore new questions, stakeholders, or policy levers that can enhance strategies to advance workforce policies related to educational attainment, professional licensure/credential, and leadership.
2:45pm – 3:15pm
3:15pm – 4:30pm
Early Childhood Advocacy Through an Equity Lens – Board Room 2
Jon Gould, Children’s Alliance (WA)
Jann Jackson, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Paola Maranan, Children’s Alliance (WA)
This session will discuss what applying an “equity lens” to our work means and how advocacy organizations that do this have (1) changed their staffing, governance, structures, or other internal operations to work towards their mission and (2) modified their advocacy process and goals to achieve more equitable outcomes. Advocates from Washington and other states will share strategies and tools that will help session participants identify potential ways in which applying an equity lens can change the way their organizations do business. Participants will also have the opportunity to do some self-examination with one of these tools and discuss lessons learned and next steps with peers.
The Opioid Crisis: Who is Speaking for the Children? – Board Room 3
Cory Curl, Pritchard Committee of Academic Excellence
Samantha Sittig Goldfarb, Florida State University College of Medicine
Meaghan Sprout, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children
States face a myriad of challenges from fiscal deficits to natural disasters, yet the opioid epidemic may be the most formidable. Six states have declared public health emergencies due to the overdoses from heroin and other opioids. Babies are born exposed, children are losing their parents to drug use or overdose, foster care caseloads are skyrocketing – these are a few of the devastating outcomes of opioid addiction. As decisions are made for how to confront and combat this epidemic, advocates need be at the table to ensure adequate supports are provided to children and families. Early childhood advocates can play a role in opioid addiction prevention and intervention decisions. Join advocates from Florida, Pennsylvania and Kentucky for a discussion on policy and advocacy considerations in the face of the opioid crisis.
Children and the Opioid Epidemic
Policy and Advocacy Lessons from Efforts to Promote Pre-K Compensation Parity – Board Room 1
Mindy Binderman, Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students
Caitlin McLean, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Sue Russell, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood National Center
Efforts to improve early childhood educators’ compensation have been most successful with state pre-k teachers thus far. This session will feature a recent paper by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment and discuss a range of strategies that some states are implementing to promote more parity between the compensation of pre-k and K-12 teachers, and what it takes for advocates to make the case for such policies and investments. Participants will also discuss what lessons and implications these experiences have for improving compensation for child care and other early childhood teachers in the system. Experiences from Georgia and North Carolina will be highlighted.
4:45pm – 6:10pm
Sneak Peek: ZERO WEEKS – Board Room 2
Enjoy a Sneak Peek viewing of a powerful new documentary, ZERO WEEKS, about America’s paid leave crisis, the cost of doing nothing, and the movement to change that. The film weaves compelling stories with insightful interviews from leading policy makers, economists, researchers, and activists. It reminds us how much children’s well-being is impacted by what happens to their parents at work.
4:45pm – 5:45pm
TA Consultation Meetings/State Team Meetings – Board Room B, Board Room C
Reception – Tropics Terrace
Thursday, November 9
7:00am – 8:30am
Breakfast – Pegasus South/Patio
7:30am – 10:30am
Site Visit to MiraclePlace (Advance Sign-Up Required) – Meet at the Resort Lobby
A home base for 250 homeless children and their families, MiraclePlace provides family support by meeting their most basic needs, with an intentional focus on early childhood development.
8:00 am – 9:00 am
TA Consultation Meetings/State Team Meetings – Board Room B
9:15am – 10:30am
New York Medicaid Spotlights Infants and Toddlers – Board Room 2
Elisabeth Burak, Georgetown Center for Children and Families
Dede Hill, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy
In August, New York’s Medicaid agency kicked off an innovative “First 1,000 Days” initiative, focused on the first three years of a child’s life. Medicaid covers 59 percent of all children age zero to three in New York State, so it plays an important role in laying a strong foundation for a majority of children. Medicaid also has the capacity to drive the quality of how health care providers and others interact with children and their families. Hear the latest update on federal Medicaid policy, as well as innovative ways states are leveraging this program so children have the best possible start in life.
Repairing the Safety Net for Young Children and Families – Board Room 1
Annie McKay, Kansas Action for Children
Sheila Smith, National Center for Children in Poverty
Many states are dealing with increasing threats to safety net supports that are critical for young children and their families. Kansas advocates will talk about how they used communications and data to reframe the challenges, identified feasible policy and budget solutions, and engaged communities and coalitions across the state – all of which helped reverse some of the harmful effects of the HOPE Act and shifted public perception and the political narrative to the degree that voters elected more moderate, child-friendly policymakers into office. The National Center for Children in Poverty has powerful data tools for helping state advocates strengthen safety net programs for families in deep poverty. You will come away with new things to try and have the chance to share your ideas and strategies.
10:45am – 12:00pm
Closing Plenary – Looking Forward: The Year of the Governor – Lagoon Pavilion
Mike Carpenter, Tennesseans for Quality Early Education
Avo Makdessian, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Jason Sabo, Frontera Strategy
Ceil Zalkind, Advocates for Children of New Jersey
One of the most significant factors affecting early childhood policy in states is whether or not there is a supportive governor. In 2018, there will be 36 gubernatorial elections. If federal policies give states more flexibility in the form of block grants, waivers, or vouchers, governors and state legislators will have even more discretion over how to allocate, maximize, or misuse those resources. Their decisions can support or harm young children, and help or prevent families from becoming independent, secure, and successful. The Alliance is supporting a comprehensive advocacy strategy to inform candidates and shape policy agendas so young children and families are a top priority. We will share data from a survey of the 36 states holding elections for Governor. You will hear about polling, messages, and candidate education activities underway in California and Tennessee, as well as lessons learned from the recent election in New Jersey. Together, we’ll have a spirited discussion about how to act boldly to educate, inform, and help shape future state policy agendas.
Partner Summit Adjourns