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Healthy Smiles Summit- Alamosa
August 24 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Join our expert staff to learn about the importance of good early oral health habits and participate in hands-on activities that can easily be replicated in your program. Attendees will learn simple and fun ways to engage children and families in conversation, songs, books, and learning center activities that promote healthy habits. The Summit will be focused on learning how to plan and implement policies and practices related to the 5 Basics of Oral Health:
Early Childhood Professionals Receive:
- Certificate for 5.5 hours of professional development
- Tooth Healthy Toolbox: curriculum binder, toothbrushes, books, props, water bottles, family engagement tips, and an assortment of activity ideas and materials.
- Lunch and snacks
Summit Session Descriptions
Cavity Free Kids focuses on oral health education for young children and their families. Cavity Free Kids includes a rich collection of lessons, activities, stories, songs, and other resources that actively engage young children in fun-filled, play-based learning and help parents practice good oral health habits at home.
Healthy Smiles Champion builds upon the Cavity Free Kids training and aims to improve the oral health of young children by supporting early childhood programs with the implementation of tooth healthy policies and practices. You will receive the support and materials needed to begin implementing tooth brushing and creating policies that support tooth healthy practices in your program. We will explore many different ways that you can be a champion for oral health in your program!
Create ‘n Relate is a guided Do It Yourself (DIY) session to create teaching materials and activities that you can add to your Tooth Healthy Toolbox. There will be supplies, examples, and a DIY facilitator to lead the creation of your teaching materials and explore how they relate to the 5 basics of oral health from the Cavity Free Kids curriculum.
Tooth Healthy Policies & Practices is a session where you will create a plan for implementing new tooth healthy practices in your program. You will also understand what policy changes can be made within your program and how to champion those changes to become a reality. We will walk through sample policies and a planning tool that allows you to create your own tooth healthy policies for your family and/or staff handbooks.