The Annual Partner Plan Act Conference provides local collaborations, state systems leaders, and early childhood stakeholders opportunities to deepen their capacity for community systems development through engaging presentations and peer-to-peer exchanges.
Registration and breakfast begins at 9:00AM
Conference Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Session Titles and Descriptions:
Building a Collective Data Muscle: A Practical Workshop for Using Data to Inform Collaborative Work
This workshop will provide tools to both figure out what data can help answer questions practitioners have about their community or work, and what to do with the information once they obtain it. Attendees will learn about data resources available to them and also practice using easy-to-use data protocols that can inform their efforts.
Basics DeKalb County: 5 Areas for Brain Development
This session tells the story of how the Boston Basics traveled to Illinois in the Basics DeKalb County community saturation project. Participants will learn about the Basics, a collection of tools born out of achievement gap research to foster healthy brain development. Participants will also hear how the DeKalb community has integrated their kindergarten readiness work with the Basics.
The Power of Collaboration: How One Cooperative and Member Districts Joined Forces to Increase Opportunities for Early Learners
CASE and member districts joined to form an EC collaborative, empowering local children and families to reach their greatest potential. Soon we were writing for the ISBE PI grant through which home visiting spots grew from 10 to 96, expanding from 1 school district to 5. Learn from our story and leave with skills and ideas to increase collaboration to improve outcomes in your communities.
A Community Approach to Coordinated Intake
A major challenge for coordinated intake (CI) & home visiting programs is identifying & enrolling families. The workshop details 1 CI's approach using parent ambassadors trained to conduct outreach with families. Participants will learn the components of CI, the underpinnings of a parent ambassador program & how to connect this referral source into the existing CI system.
Research & Evaluation: Tools for Strategic Planning & Consensus Building in Collaborative Initiatives
This workshop outlines a five-step process that collaboratives can enact to successfully build consensus among stakeholders and work strategically towards goals aligned to the needs of diverse peoples and communities: (1) Assets and challenges mapping, (2) Community engagement and feedback (3) Large group logic model workshops, (4) Evaluation coaching and, (5) Continuous quality improvement.
Breaking Down Barriers: Connecting Children & Families to Nutrition Access through Partnership
This session will detail how collaboration is essential to to breaking down barriers of access for families who are at risk of food insecurity. This will be accomplished by highlighting the Healthy Student Market pilot program for families, a collaborative effort to break down barriers of access between Greater Chicago Food Depository, Illinois Action for Children, and the City of Chicago.
The Early Development Instrument: Using Shared Early Childhood Data for Community Planning
This workshop includes an overview of the Early Development Instrument and a panel discussion with community members. Members will describe the varying ways in which their represented organizations have engaged with the EDI data. They will share how the processes of preparation, implementation, and data dissemination have included engaging with and building bridges between diverse stakeholders.
Community Systems Development: From Concept to Practice
Early childhood collaborations working to create sustained systems level change will ideally compliment and advance the community’s shared agenda and align with the state’s early childhood vision. Come participate in an informal Leadership Café to learn about the concept of Community Systems Development, and to discuss your questions and challenges as you work to implement this approach.
This conference has been made possible through Illinois State Board of Education's Community Systems Statewide Supports and in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood and Illinois Action for Children.