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Department of Education–Webinar: Opportunities and Challenges in Supporting and Growing the Tribal Early Childhood Workforce

March 14 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Please join this Administration for Children and Families (ACF) webinar to learn about approaches to supporting, growing, and strengthening the early childhood workforce in tribal communities. A strong, qualified, well-compensated workforce is critical to the successful implementation of high-quality early childhood programs. In tribal communities, there are additional considerations around ensuring that early childhood program staff have the language, cultural, and community knowledge to implement culturally grounded programs that meet the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) children and families. Tribal communities also have a strong interest in “growing their own” workforce by supporting members of the community, including former program participants, to become early childhood professionals.

Retaining a strong workforce also requires supports around professional development, health, wellbeing, and self-care – which has become even more clear during the disruptions of the pandemic. During this webinar, participants will hear an overview of issues related to supporting and strengthening the early childhood workforce in tribal communities, followed by a panel highlighting innovations and promising practices being implemented in tribal communities. Participants will then be able to learn more about and discuss highlighted strategies with peers and hear about resources they can use in their own communities and programs.

This webinar is part of a series of webinars on topics related to implementation and coordination of early childhood programs in AIAN communities. Resources and recordings from the webinar series are available at: https://rise.articulate.com/share/FxAwtFkPS9MNjR9DgFFxKK7HdmPgU6x1.

Agenda

Thursday, August 4

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Wednesday, August 3

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Tuesday, August 2

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7:30 am
Registration (Location: Sequoia)

9:00 am
Posting of Colors (Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

9:05 am
Welcome & Opening Prayer

9:10 am
Time of Reflection

9:25 am
Welcome & Opening Message from SGCETC Board of Directors 

9:30 am
Welcome from Tribal Nations within California and Discussion of Hot  Topics

10:15 am
Discussion with Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Bryan Newland

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am
Establishing the Bay Area American Indian Cultural District

11:00 am
COVID Update and Indian Health Service Initiatives to Improve Health and Wellbeing

11:30 am
International Decade (2022 – 2032) of Indigenous Language Preservation

11:45 am
Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Breakout Sessions

 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Networking Break

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Breakout Sessions

3:30 pm- 3:45 pm
Break

3:45 pm
Threats to Tribal Sovereignty: Protecting the Indian Child Welfare Act

(Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

4:05 pm
Self-Governance Updates from DOI, IHS, and DOT

4:45 pm
Tiwahe Initiative – Federal Updates

 

Additional Meetings and Activities

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
DOI SGDB Training Room (Sand Pebble D)

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Individual Meetings with OSG Staff- Open (Board Rooms 3 & 4)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tribal Caucus for the Food Distribution Program for Indian Reservations Consultation Meeting (Cypress A)