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Infancy Institute

For caregivers, teachers, directors, trainers, home visitors, parents, early interventionists, developmental specialists, social workers and family childcare providers

Mark your calendars for next year's Institute—June 19, 20 & 21, 2018!

Highlights from Infancy Institute 2017: Infants, Toddlers, Families and Ourselves: Reflecting and Responding

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Keynote: Dr. Linda Gilkerson

Looking Inward: Looking Outward
Power of Attunement in Relationships

Attunement in relationships creates the feeling of being connected and understood and opens the space where growth can occur.  Attunement requires an awareness of self and others. This plenary explores the use of the FAN (Facilitating Attuned Interactions) framework to build our capacity to be present in relationships and strengthen partnerships with families and colleagues in support of the development of infants and toddlers.

Linda Gilkerson, Ph.D.
Professor, Erikson Institute
Executive Director, Fussy Baby Network

Professor Linda Gilkerson is director of the Irving B. Harris Infant Studies Program. Her area of specialization is early intervention and her research addresses the needs of infants and families in a range of settings including neonatal intensive care units, Early Head Start, childcare and early intervention. She also directs the Fussy Baby Network, Erikson’s first clinical initiative. A board member of Zero to Three, she also chairs their Infant Mental Health Task Force.

Tuesday afternoon presentation:

The Power of Early Relationships
Dr. Lesley Koplow, Director of Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College.

Workshops topics include:

  • Culturally responsive practice
  • Singing
  • Difficult conversations
  • Stress management
  • Informal assessment
  • Curriculum
  • Cooking
  • Biting
  • Infant mental health
  • Documentation
  • Supervision
  • Blocks
  • and more!

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A short history of the Infancy Institute

Thirty years ago the Bank Street Infant & Family Development and Early Intervention Program recognized the lack of professional development designed specifically to improve the practice of those working with infants and toddlers.

The Infancy Institute was the answer to that interdisciplinary need in the many settings where infants, toddlers and families interact with professionals. Highlighting cutting-edge research, development, relationship-based practice and family-centered care, the Institute has educated thousands of infant/toddler specialists from around the world.