Day Three—Thursday, June 19

9:00 - 11:15 AM / Choose ONE: Center Visit (see "Visit a Center")
                           OR ONE Morning Workshop

16. What Do I Do If I am Feeling Blue? Supporting Teachers' Mental Health
Laura Martin, ITFS, Early Head Start Mental Health and Disabilities Specialist, Verner Center for Early Learning, Asheville, NC; Gabriel Guyton, MA, MSEd, Head Teacher, Bank Street Family Center
Through this workshop, participants will develop a clearer understanding of the impacts of their mental health on their caregiving, coworker relationships, and workplace satisfaction. Together, we will identify factors impacting our individual mental health and our associated behavioral responses and develop strategies to cope with workplace stressors, increase effectiveness of daily performance, and support the development of healthy relationships.

17. Baby Watch
Jacqueline Range, Teacher, LYFE program, NYC Department of Education
Come and watch real babies in action. How do we support them in their play and development?

18. The Power of Positioning in Play with Infants and Toddlers
Lisa Yoon, PT, MS, PCS, NYC Early Intervention Program
What does positioning have to do with function? In this workshop, learn strate- gies and techniques to optimize engagement, attention, and participation for learning, communicating, and independence.

19. Choosing Materials That Are Engaging and That Optimize Infants and Toddlers' Growth and Development
Marcia Scheer, Early Childhood Consultant
This interactive workshop will explore what infants and toddlers find most inter- esting and engaging to play with at any given age and stage as well as why this is so. The materials will include things you can purchase and things you can make. We will also discuss how to organize and introduce materials to the children.

20. Art Sensory Experinces for Young Children: Expanding Your Repertoire!
Debbie Silver, MSEd, Director of Professional Development and Quality Enhancement Services, Child Care Resources of Rockland
Explore sensory and art experiences that you can use with the toddlers in your program. Have fun with paint, tearing, scrunching, “sticky” sand, water, and play dough. Leave with recipes and ideas.

21. Sleep Tight? Establishing Quality Sleep Environemnts for Babies and Toddlers in Child Care
Cynthia Soete, Infant/Toddler Specialist with NJ First Steps  at Programs for Parents
Babies need sleep to grow. Explore the biological sleep needs of infants and toddlers and the relationship between sleep, the developing brain, and learning. Find ways to provide optimal sleep environments in childcare settings and ways to work with parents who hold alternate views on putting children to bed.

Afternoon Workshops

1:00 - 3:15 PM Choose ONE Workshop 

22. Understanding Sensory Integration:What Does It Mean and How Can I Help the Children I'm Working With?
Yasmin Dorrian, MSEd, Early Interventionist
Through exploring our own unique individual sensory profiles, we will work to empathize with and ultimately assist the children we work with every day. This workshop will provide a basic overview of sensory integration and then move on to discuss potential strategies for children with challenging sensory profiles.

23. Relationship, Relationship, Relationship:The Importance of Building Relationship within an Infant Room
Marge Markey, MSEd, Head Teacher, The Rockefeller University Child and Family Center
In working with babies, we must create trusting and caring relationships—with them as well as with their parents and siblings. In order to understand and support the baby, we must understand and support the family. This workshop will focus on the importance, challenges, and successes of building relationships and will offer anecdotes to help support the idea of relationship as the basis for all that follows.

24. Understanding and Supporting Dual Language Development in Infants and Toddlers
Carmen Colon, MSEd, Instructor and Advisor, Bank Street College
This workshop will explore first and second language acquisition of infants and toddlers. We will look at strategies for supporting second language development and examine the role that parents and other adults play in helping children during the second language learning process.

25. Outings with Infants and Toddlers
Lisa Laflamme, Lead Teacher, Roosevelt Island Day Nursery; Pamela Stark, Director, Roosevelt Island Day Nursery
How can we as teachers support hands-on exploration of the community by the youngest children? What are ways to make sure outings are developmentally appropriate and safe? What are unique features of your program’s community that are ripe for exploration? What happens when you expand into the world outside your program?

26. Forming Infant and Child Mental Health:The Power of Relationship
Gerard Costa, PhD, DIR-C®, IMH-E® Mentor–Clinical
This workshop will explore the nature of human attachments and the power of the earliest relationships—notably with the primary caregivers but with ALL those who spend time with infants and children—to “sculpt” the infant brain and mind. Participants will learn about the growing field of interpersonal neurobiology, the impact of adverse experiences on infants and children, the critical importance of self- and coregulation, and ways to interact with infants and children that promote human development.

27. It's More than Chocolate:Strategies for Keeping Staff Motivated
Debbie Silver, MSEd, Director of Professional Development and Quality Enhancement Services, Child Care Resources of Rockland
Having a motivated staff is vital to program quality. What keeps our staff doing their work when salary may not be enough for that? This workshop will examine what motivates and what does not motivate staff, intrinsic and extrinsic factors, and strategies to assess and individualize motivation for each staff member.

28. Helping Families Understand Their Child's Challenging Behaviors
Susan Geller, MSEd, Technical Assistance Quality Specialist, Bergen County Office for Children
When very young children present challenging behaviors, it is common for us to become frustrated with the families’ reactions and attitudes. In this session we will use a relationship-based  approach to explore strategies for providing support and sharing knowledge with families.

29. Creating Engaging Environments
Michelle Barnea, Early Childhood Consultant
The physical and emotional environment is a powerful factor in how young children feel about themselves, how they behave, and what they learn. Explore how to create an engaging environment that will support the developmental needs of infants and toddlers.