Prenatal to Five Summit: June 2nd

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Date(s) - 06/02/2017
All Day

Gordon Commons


Registration is Closed

Prenatal to Five Summit Info Webpage

Reduced maternal stress during pregnancy relates to better birth outcomes and long-term child well-beingThe Prenatal to Five Summit presented by the Center for Child and Family Well-Being is an unprecedented one-day gathering of scholars, practitioners, early childhood professionals, and community members, focused on one question – how might we ensure better outcomes for all Wisconsin children?

Attendees will explore challenges, share information from their own communities, work, and scholarship, and work together to identify priority areas for potential continued collaboration.

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Summit Schedule

8:00 am                Registration Open, light breakfast available

8:45 am                Opening Remarks: Elevating the Early Years through Access and Equity

By focusing on the first five years of a child’s life, together we can take advantage of this crucial developmental stage and improve the quality of life for all infants and young children in Wisconsin.

  • Dr. Janean Dilworth-Bart, Prenatal to Five Initiative Chair, Center for Child & Family Well-Being, and Chair of the Department of Human Development & Family Studies, School of Human Ecology
  • Sarah Mangelsdorf, Provost, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Representative Joan Ballweg, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Children’s Caucus

9:15  am                Opening Session:  Past Progress and Future Explorations

Through a series of relevant and relatable presentations, attendees will hear from a variety of community members and practitioners on their work and observations about serving children and families in Wisconsin, important issues of access and equity that they see in their area of practice. Themes include Physical Health, Mental Health & Emotions, Safety & Material Well-being, Learning & Development, Language and Communication and Relationships & Identity

11:00  -11:15 am              Break$12.90 in returns for every dollar invested in early childhood development programs

11:15 am       Roll Up Your Sleeves: Big Problems Need Big Thinkers: In this session, attendees engage in hands-on small group work to develop new narratives and inform new ideas that advance research, practice and community initiatives in Wisconsin. Using a “human-centered” lens, small groups will use their discussion feedback to create a poster including suggested priorities for future work for the afternoon session.

12:15 – 1:15 pm                Lunch

1:30 – 4:00 pm                  Afternoon Session:  Strategic Priorities and Grand Challenges

  • 1:30 – 2:45 pm  Gallery Walk:  This is an opportunity for all attendees to circulate, network, gather information and consider /vote for priority areas for Initiative Planning. Community groups and academic partners will also have the opportunity to share information about their work in their respective area(s) of prenatal-to-five work in this “poster” setting.High-quality early childhood education helps prepare a young child for a future of school success, higher income, and better health
  • 2:55 – 3:55 pm  Strategic Priorities, Next Steps, and Proposed Vision:  The work of the day comes together with an engaged and participatory session where together, priorities for a Wisconsin Prenatal to Five Initiative and mechanisms for ongoing work are established.

4:00 – 4:15 pm                  Closing Remarks

4:15 pm                            Information Fair and Social Networking

4:30 pm                           Informal networking and dinner at the Nitty Gritty


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The Prenatal to Five Summit made possible by the generous support of these sponsors and partners:

Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison:

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