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Head Start Heals Office Hours:Family Engagement and Child Welfare
Thursday, May 28, 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Category: Other conferences and events

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When families are involved with the child welfare system, it is a heightened time of stress and difficulty for both parents and children. Many parents have their own histories of trauma and child welfare involvement. They may also struggle with related health and mental health challenges. Trusting, respectful relationships between Head Start and Early Head Start staff, parents, and children are protective and an important part of addressing related child and adult trauma.

Join the Office of Head Start (OHS) for a discussion and question-and-answer session on related issues. Engage in peer dialogue, chat with experts, and identify strategies for current and future Head Start programming.


  • Sangeeta Parikshak, PhD, social science analyst and behavioral health lead, OHS
  • Kiersten Beigel, MSW, family and community partnerships specialist, OHS
  • Joshua Sparrow, MD, DFAACAP, co-principal investigator, National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE); executive director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center; associate professor, Harvard Medical School
  • Catherine C. Ayoub, MN, EdD, co-principal investigator, NCPFCE; associate professor, Harvard Medical School; director of research and development, Brazelton Touchpoints Center
  • Amy Hunter, LICSW, National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW); assistant professor, Center for Child and Human Development, Georgetown University
  • Neal Horen, PhD, NCECHW; director of early childhood, Center for Child and Human Development, Georgetown University

Head Start Heals Campaign

Find more trauma resources and strategies about Head Start Heals on the ECLKC. Program managers can use these resources to design quality improvements for their programs. Direct service staff can use promoted strategies to assist the children and families they serve. Join the conversation on social media using #HeadStartHeals.

In the coming weeks, Head Start Heals will present the following webinars and office hours:

All events listed above will be available both as live events and on-demand for a limited time following the event. They will also be posted to the ECLKC 10-15 days after the live webinar.


Send your trauma-related questions or comments to [email protected]

Contact: Office of Head Start (OHS) | 1-866-763-6481