Co-sponsored by the VaHSA and the Head Start State Collaboration Office
Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 9 & 10, 2011 in Staunton
Registration is now closed
Topics to include:
- Brain development and movement
- Social-emotional development
- Health and safety issues
- Environments (classroom and home base)
- Assessments (Using What you Know to Support Development)
- Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers
- Networking opportunities
Amy Requa, Keynote Speaker at Infant-Toddler Summit
Amy Requa, a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, will bring the opening keynote speech at the Infant-Toddler Summit in Staunton, Virginia, August 9-10. Ms. Requa currently works as an independent health consultant to national, regional, state, and local clients in public and private sectors to improve the health and well-being of young children. Since 2003, she has held regional and national positions with the Office of Head Start as the Health Content Technical Assistance Specialist in Region III and as National Technical Assistance Lead for the Office of Head Start’s childhood obesity prevention initiative, I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL). Ms. Requa was a primary architect of IMIL in 2004. She managed the original IMIL pilot project in Virginia and West Virginia in FY 2005 and was a member of the National IMIL Training Team for the national expansion of IMIL in FY 2007 to all federal regions, reaching over 300,000 children and families. Also, Ms. Requa developed nutrition content for the Early Head Start pilot project “Little Voices for Healthy Choices.” Recently, IMIL was featured as one of three innovative early childhood obesity prevention programs in the White House Childhood Obesity Task Force Report to the President (2010).
For her leadership of IMIL in Region III, Ms. Requa received the “Partnering for HHS Excellence Award”, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Honor Award, from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Prior to her work with Head Start in Region III, Ms. Requa was statewide Director of the Early Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS), also known as “Healthy Child Care Pennsylvania” at the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Ms. Requa began her work with Head Start in 1997, as the Lead Head Start Health Consultant for the State of Iowa and the Chair of the Iowa Head Start Dental Health Task Force.