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Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference

Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference

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WHAT TO EXPECTGBGF

  • Choice of breakout sessions
  • National and local keynote speakers and presenters
  • Networking with professionals serving young children and families in Montana

OFFERING

  • Early Childhood Project Approved Training Hours
  • Montana Office of Public Instruction Renewal Units
  • Nursing Contact Hours
  • Social Work and Professional Counselor Continuing Education Hours

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Early Childhood Professionals
  • Home Visitors
  • Nurses working with young children and families
  • Social Workers

2017 Conference Information

Please contact Michelle Eckert, GBGF Conference Coordinator at michelle.eckert@umontana.edu, or 406-243-6842 for additional conference information.

Presenter Call for Proposals

proposal submission form

The fifth annual Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference will be held August 16-17, 2017 at Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena, Montana. It is anticipated that approximately 100 to 150 conferees will be in attendance. The Great Beginnings Great Families conference committee within MT DPHHS invites you to submit a presentation proposal for the conference, and take this opportunity to share your knowledge and experience. Proposal submission deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017

Purpose of the Conference

To increase the infrastructure and knowledge of early childhood systems to enhance family support best practices.

Conference Goals

Connect early childhood programs, providers, and Best Beginnings Coalitions and partners within early childhood systems. • Promote sustainability of early childhood programs. • Provide professional development opportunities to support early childhood workforce development and retention through new skills, strategies and ideas to ensure high quality services. • Enhance the strengths-based services for families to promote effective family and provider relationships. • Promote social, emotional, mental, economic, and cultural health within Montana communities. • Improve the health of Montana’s families by encouraging the promotion of preventive care and comprehensive health practices.

Possible Session Topics May Include

  • Prevention: Early Childhood Mental Health; Trauma Informed Care; Understanding Addictions; Impacts of Poverty; Perinatal Mood Disorders and Postpartum Support; Reality of Suicide; Resilience and Protective Factors; Teen Pregnancy
  • Promotion/Program Support: Child and Family Nutrition; Combating Compassion Fatigue/Secondary Trauma; Engaging Young Fathers; Engaging Parents as Partners; Relationship-Based and/or Strength –Based Strategies for Working with Families; Staff Retention
  • Early Childhood Systems: Early Childhood Data and Data Systems; Economics of Early Childhood; Program Sustainability; Models for Multi-Level Collaboration; Linking Early Childhood Across Sectors and Disciplines (e.g. Public Health, Public Education, Medical Field)

Presentation Formats

Presentation proposals should indicate what the format of the presentation will be, specifically, if the proposal is for a Panel, Sole Presenter or Group Presenters.

Conference Audience May Include

Parent Educators ● Family Support Specialists ● Parent Liaisons ● Parent Advocates ● Home Visitors ● Public Health Nurses ● Early Childhood Providers ● Head Start Program Staff ● Social Workers and Professional Counselors ● Early Childhood Educators ● Any service provider working with families with young children

If Your Proposal is Selected

Presenters will be notified of their acceptance by May 15, 2017. Room assignments will be determined by the GBGF Planning Committee. Presenters must be committed to present on the date and time assigned. Reasonable requests/accommodations will be considered. Presenters will not be charged the conference attendance fee. Lodging may be provided for presenters at the discretion of the GBGF Planning Committee. Lunch each day will be provided through the conference to all presenters. Travel costs and per diem are the responsibility of the presenter.

Materials for Conferees

Each conferee will receive a USB/Thumb Drive containing all conference information i.e. handouts, PowerPoint presentations, etc. Any other hard copy handouts for presenters or conferees will be the responsibility of the speaker. All materials (Power Point presentations, handouts, resources, etc.) will need to be submitted to the GBGF Planning Committee by July 15, 2017 to allow enough time for uploading materials to the USB/Thumb Drive. Conferees will have the opportunity to download and print materials as needed. All submitted materials for the conference will be converted into PDF files so that the content cannot be changed.

Technology

Laptops &projectors & screens will be provided in each of the breakout sessions at the conference site for no additional charge to the presenter. It is recommended to Please notify the GBGF Planning Committee of any special technology needs or requests for the session and/or presenter.

Speaker Fees

If your agency/organization collects a speaker fee, please indicate this on the proposal form. Speaker fees must be invoiced with a W-9 within 30 days of the 2017 conference.

Sessions Qualifying for Continuing Education Hours

The Great Beginnings Great Families Conference is proud to offer a variety of continuing education hours and units for conferees. On the 2017 GBGF Proposal Submission Form, please indicate if your sessions will qualify for any of the continuing education hours listed. If you are unsure of which continuing education hours your session will or may qualify for, please mark the “I am unsure” box in this section. The Great Beginnings Great Families Conference Committee will review the information submitted and determine the best fit for all hours. The Conference Committee may need to contact you for further clarifying information to determine all of the continuing education hours your proposed session could qualify for.

Conference Location and Schedule

The 5th annual Great Beginnings, Great Families (GBGF) conference will be held August 16-17, 2017, at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena, MT. The GBGF conference seeks to increase the infrastructure and knowledge of early childhood systems to enhance family support best practices.

The conference will start at 8:30am with 2 full days of keynotes & presentations and end at 5:00pm on Day 1 and 4:00 pm on Day 2. Free parking is available at the Radisson Colonial Hotel for all conference attendees around the hotel parking lot.  The agenda will be available to download prior to the conference.

Registration

Registration opens June 1st. Please check back.


Registration Type

Fee
Before August 1st

Fee
After August 1st

Regular Registration

$100

$125

 

 

 

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations and substitutions must be requested in writing to The University of Montana, School of Extended & Lifelong Learning. 
  • Cancellations made after August 15th and no-shows will be subject to a $25 processing fee.
  • Substitutions in attendance can be made at any time.

For more GBGF related questions please contact:
Michelle Eckert, GBGF Conference Coordinator
michelle.eckert@umontana.edu or 406.243.6842

Lodging

RADISSON COLONIAL HOTEL HELENA
2301 Colonial Drive
Helena, MT 59601
(800) 333-3333 or (406) 443-2100

We have a large room block reserved for the Great Beginnings, Great Families participants at the Radisson Colonial Hotel Helena.  To make your registration, please call (800) 333-3333 or (406) 443-2100 and refer to the “DPHHS – Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference” to receive the special discounted group rate of $95.00 plus tax a night.  Rooms at this rate will be held until Saturday, July 15, 2017, so please make sure to book your room(s) right away.

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Continuing Education

The 2017 Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference will submit applications for Continuing Education credit to the following entities:

  • Nurse Contact Hours – MNA
  • Early Childhood Project Approved Training Hours 
  • Social Work and Professional Counselor Continuing Education Hours
  • Montana Office of Public Instruction Educator Renewal Units – OPI

*Please check back for approvals.

“This project is supported in part by Grant Number 6 SP1AH000023-02 from the HHS Office of Adolescent
Health, in part under grant number 1H79SM061545-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Health
Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS) under Grant #: D89MC26359, Title: Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program,
Total state award amount: $10,955,639, 0% financed with nongovernmental sources. This information
or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or
policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, SAMHSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.”