Dr. Neal Horen is a clinical psychologist who has focused on community-based work for the last 15 years. He is the Director of the Early Childhood Division and Co-Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development. Dr. Horen is the lead for mental health on the Head Start National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness, the lead for Georgetown on the Home Visiting TA Center-HV-ImpACT, the lead for early childhood systems of care for the TA Network and the TA Director of the Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation. Dr. Horen has worked closely with numerous states, tribes, territories and communities in supporting their development of systems of care for young children and their families. In addition, Dr. Horen continues to spend time working in direct clinical care including development of social skills interventions for young children and is the director of the HOYA clinic which offers therapeutic and assessment services for young children and families. Dr. Horen's primary interest is in early childhood mental health and he has lectured extensively on infant and early childhood mental health, challenging behaviors in young children, social skills development, as well as the impact of trauma on child development. He is the proud father of four children, 18, 16, 16 and 1.
Morning Feature Talk:
Building the Workforce in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Addressing Suspension and Expulsion
This talk will describe some the compelling data around suspension and expulsion, including information about racial and ethnic disparities. Dr. Horen will discuss one part of the early childhood service array that can help to reduce suspension and expulsion and support early childhood providers and families.
Dr. Rosemarie Allen has served as a leader in early childhood education for nearly 40 years. Her life's work is centered on ensuring children have access to high quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her classes are focused on ensuring teachers are aware of how issues of equity, privilege, and power impact teaching practices. From 2007-2012, Rosemarie served as the Director of the Division of Child Care. In that role, she oversaw the State’s child care licensing program, the federal child care assistance program, the redesign of the State’s quality rating and improvement system, the implementation of the State’s professional development plan, and assisted in the creation of Colorado’s early learning guidelines. She recently served on President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, Early Childhood Task Force. Dr. Allen also launched the Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence that will serve as the lead agency for ensuring equity in educational practices throughout the nation.
Rosemarie is a respected keynote speaker and has the distinct honor of being appointed as a “Global Leader” to represent the United States at World Conferences across the globe. Rosemarie earned her B. A. from California State University, Master’s of Education from Lesley University and Doctorate in Equity and Leadership in Education at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Afternoon Featured Talk:
Challenging Behavior, Who's Being Challenged?
When children act out in the classroom, it changes the tone of the environment. Most times we blame the child. Imagine what might happen if we looked within, at OUR responses to the child's behavior.