8:00-9:00 am
NURTURING EARLY YEARS: Moderated by Kavita Arora
9:00-9:15 am
1. Welcome: Aao sochein saath
9:15-9:45 am
2. The roots of rituals & relationships by Dr. Sue Jennings
Understanding the nuances and importance of play and attachment in the early years.
9:45-10:00 am
3. Early intervention by Ms. Lavina Nanda & the Children First Developmental Team
Our team shares a community-based empowering model for working with young children with diverse neurodevelopmental profiles.
10:00-10:20 am
4. Everyday counts! By Ms. Urmila Chowdhary
Providing the best quality of education in the early years for all children, no matter what!
10:20-10:40 am
Open House
Interaction with the audience
10:40-11:10 am
SCAFFOLDING STRENGTHS: Moderated by Shelja Sen
11:10-11:30 am
5. Professionals as change-makers: Dr. Nandita de Souza
How can we, as professionals, build emotionally safe spaces for children in our community?
11:30-11:50 am -11:30 pm
6. It takes a child to raise a village: Dr. Vibha Krishnamurthy
Our children are active change-makers and can help us grow and become a more conscious, aware and inclusive society.
11:50-12:10 pm
7. Parents as change makers: Jo Chopra
Parents can be the strongest advocates for children at risk of marginalization and exclusion. Ms. Jo Chopra shares her experiences of parenting and standing up for children with different abilities.
12:10-12:30 pm
Open House
Interaction with the audience
12:30-1:30 pm
1:30-2:30 pm
8. Young voices in conversation with Dr. Amit Sen – Ms. Gurmehar Kaur, Mr. Ambuj Sen Patra, Mr. Veer Misra & Ms. Afreen Khan
Let’s imagine emotionally safe spaces together. Young people share their unique stories and lived experiences of feeling safe and feeling marginalized, and all the experiences in between.
2:30-2:45 pm
9. No child left invisible: Ms. Ankita Khanna & the Schools That Care Team
Children First believes in weaving unique training models to reach out to the community. Our team will share a snapshot of our work with teachers to create experiences of “belonging” and “feeling safe” in our schools.
2:45-3:00 pm
10. Let’s talk: Ms. Priyanka Mittal & the Communities That Care Team
Children First aims to create stigma-free conversations around mental health. Our team will share our experiences of empowering youth and creating peer networks in colleges.

3:00-3:30 pm
BUILDING EMOTIONALLY SAFE ECOSYSTEMS – How do we use our privilege? – Moderated by Dr. Alok Sarin
3:30-3:50 pm
11. Failing children or failed education systems? – Mr. Shailendra Sharma
How can we make schools learning-friendly spaces for all children? By building processes and systems that strengthen the foundation of education, and creating access pathways to higher education for all.
3:50-4:10 pm
12. Street children: to whom do they belong? – Mr. Sanjoy K. Roy
Making visible the children we all see and choose to ignore: A reflection on working with children surviving on the fringes of society.
4:10-4:30 pm
13. Taking mental health out of the institution: Dr. Shekhar Sheshadri
How can we make mental health practices accessible in our neighbourhoods and communities?
4:30-4:50 pm
Open House
Interaction with the audience
4:50-5:00 pm
Weaving the threads together
Children First Team
5:00-5:30 pm
Keynote address by Mr. Manish Sisodia
Mr. Sisodia will speak about Delhi government’s educational reforms and his vision for the holistic development of children.
5:30-6:00 pm
Building the Little Network: Ms. Ritu Shree & Dr. Amit Sen
This marks the closure of the conference
6:30 pm onwards
Only for invited guests and delegates who have registered for dinner. Open mic, music, poetry by young people followed by a lively and fun networking dinner in the beautiful lawns of Zorba.