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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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 9:00 AM3:00 PM (Central Time)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington 

10 Brickyard Drive
Bloomington, Illinois 61701

Agenda for Partner Plan Act Conference

9:00 AM – Registration Opens
10:00 AM – Welcome and Opening Plenary
10:55 AM – Workshops on Community Systems Development
12:00 PM – Lunch and Peer Networking
1:00 PM – Workshops on Community Systems Development
2:10 PM – Closing Plenary
3:00 PM – Adjourn

Snapshot of Workshops

We have exciting workshops planned for the Partner Plan Act Conference! Join us in learning more about community systems development:

  • Essential Mindsets and Practices for Leading Community Systems – Presented by Christina Foster of Foster What Matters, Inc.

Leading community systems efforts is hard work. And it requires a leadership approach and set of knowledge and skills that is complementary to, yet different from, leading programmatic efforts. This workshop will highlight some of the ways in which collaborative leadership and systems thinking are foundational to leading community systems efforts.

  • Integrating ABLe Change into Collaborative Practice: AOK Networks’ Story – Presented by Ana Maria Accove of IDHS, Christina Foster of Foster What Matters, Inc., and Julie Herzog, Tazewell County Health Department

In 2014-2016 AOK Networks and other early childhood community collaboration teams and state level coaches from across Illinois system building efforts participated in the ABLe Change (http://ablechange.msu.edu) pilot. As a result of that experience, AOK Networks have embedded some of what they learned into their statewide 5-year approach for community assessment, planning, implementation, and continuous learning and adaptive action.

  • Effective Strategies for Supporting Priority Populations – Presented by Susan Reyna-Guerroro of Children’s Place Association and Carie Bires of the Ounce of Prevention Fund

What are priority populations in early childhood? Join this workshop to learn how to identify and understand different family needs. Learn about strategies to engage families of priority populations such as harm reduction approaches.

  • Early Childhood Expulsion Legislation: From Passage and Implementation to Best Practice – Presented by Maria Estlund of Illinois Action for Children

This presentation will discuss Illinois Public Act 100-0105, the law which aims to end the practice of expelling infants, toddlers, and preschoolers from their early childhood programs. We will discuss research, statistics, and causes of early childhood expulsion and suspension, highlighting the gender and racial disparities, as well as explore how the law came to pass, how it is being implemented, and best practices and resources programs can utilize to implement its practice. It will include case and policy examples and time for discussion and questions.

  • Using Data to Build School and Community Partnerships for Young Children – Presented by Elise Schram of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage, Stephanie Farrelly of Jefferson Early Childhood Center, Community Unit School District 200, Mary Self and Rosemary Pistorius of Success By Six Collaboration in Kankakee County, and Jaclyn Vasquez of Erikson Institute

Partnerships between school districts and early childhood collaborations can lead to better outcomes for young children and their families.  Join this workshop to hear from a panel of school and community partners and their efforts. Learn how these communities use data to build partnerships between school districts and the community.   Share your perspectives and engage in new ideas of how to engage school districts in your local efforts!

  • What is Mental Health Consultation? –Presented by Cris Stanek, LCSW

Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation is a best practice that pairs infant/early childhood mental health professionals with people who work with young children and their families to enhance children’s social-emotional well-being and development. This workshop is designed for parents and providers to learn about this resource and how it assists programs and addresses mental health issues, such as trauma, as well as resources across the state.


The Partner Plan Act Conference is Gateways Registry Approved.
Thank you to members of the PPA Conference Planning Group and the Community Systems Development Subcommittee of the Early Learning Council for providing guidance and support on the content and format of the conference. This conference funded by Illinois State Board of Education.

Questions? Contact partnerplanact@actforchildren.org