The 5th Annual First Born Conference was held on September 22 & 23, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort located at 1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Anna Pueblo, NM 87004.
This conference brought together over 300 First Born staff, early childhood professionals, and people who work with or care about families in our state.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
FOR FIRST BORN PROGRAM STAFF ONLY
11:00 am registration followed by a working lunch where First Born program staff engaged Spark Talks on topics of interest. Evening networking cocktail hour followed by dinner on their own.
Agenda for September 22:
Luncheon, Welcome & Introduction: Anna Marie Garcia, First Born Program Director, LANL Foundation; Susan Herrera, LANL Foundation CEO
Luncheon Speaker: Vicki Johnson, Founder, First Born Program
Spark Talks - First Born Program Staff
||Spark Talks continued - First Born Program Staff
||Cocktail Hour with hors d’oeuvres
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC & FIRST BORN STAFF
7:30 am registration followed by presentation until 3:30 pm by Keynote Speaker Dr. Bruce Perry, "The Power of Early Childhood".
Agenda for September 23:
||Registration and Continental Breakfast
Welcome: Anna Marie Garcia, First Born Program Director, LANL Foundation; Susan Herrera, LANL Foundation CEO;
Speaker Introduction: Marisol Atkins, United Way of Santa Fe County First Born
Introduction of Key Note Speaker: Marisol Atkins, United Way of Santa Fe County First Born
||Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bruce Perry, "The Power of Early Childhood"
|Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bruce Perry continued
||Luncheon, Video & Speaker: TBA
||Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bruce Perry continued
FREE* for First Born program staff Sept. 22 & 23
$125* Sept. 23 for the General Public (includes registration, breakfast, lunch, and conference materials)
*Family members & guests are welcome to join conference participants for breakfast, lunches, and breaks for an additional fee.
No charge for First Born program staff Sept. 22
General Public: mention "First Born Conference" to receive a discounted room rate at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort
Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. is an American psychiatrist, currently the Senior Fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy (www.ChildTrauma.org) in Houston, Texas and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Perry will present "The Power of Early Childhood". The human brain has remarkable malleability during development. Experiences of early childhood shape the developing brain by providing a range of social, emotional, motor and cognitive experiences that will literally impact the number and density of synaptic connections, neurons and neural networks in the infant brain. The major provider of these early experiences are the primary carers. This presentation will discuss the vital importance of supporting and fostering brain development from infancy throughout early childhood by supporting the carers. The importance of designing care-giving strategies and support programs for new parents cannot be underestimated. Dr. Perry's address will focus on the importance of positive human relationships as well as providing consistent, nurturing, structured, and enriching environments for children.
Read an article by Dr. Perry about Helping Traumatized Children, featured on Oprah.com.
Watch a video of Dr. Perry discussing the disconnect between what our children need to thrive and what the modern world has to offer.