Tuesday, June 20
1. Block Building with Toddlers
Judi Gentry, Education Coordinator, Bank Street Family Center
In this workshop, we will look at the exploration of the material as well as the developmental stages through which children progress as they work toward representational structures. We will also discuss block building and its connection to social development, early language, early math and literacy skills and problem solving skills.
2. Creating Engaging Learning Environments
Michelle Barnea, RN, MSEd, IMH-E®(IV), Early Childhood Consultant
The environment that we provide for infants and toddlers greatly impacts how they feel, how they behave and what they learn. Care providers need to intentionally plan and create an environment that engages children, supports their needs and promotes their developmental goals.
3. Food, Feeding and Feeders
Dr. Marilyn Figueroa
This workshop focuses on infant and toddler feeding. Helping parents/caregivers navigate the intersection path of infant/toddler physical nutrition needs and their social/emotional development.
4. Global Citizenship Education: Empathy, Stewardship and Unity in Early Education Settings
Robin Hancock, M.A., Ed.D.
By presenting three very different early education spaces, Dr. Hancock will lay out a range of possibilities for instilling global citizenship in the lives of very young children and the benefits of such work for each demographic.
5. Infant Mental Health: Working Together to Understand Brain Development and Address Toxic Stress
Emily Fried, LCSW, Healthy Steps Specialist, Denver Health and Hospital Authority &
Melissa Buchholz, Psy.D., Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
What exactly is infant mental health? How do babies experience stress? How do we understand these early experiences and their effects on social-emotional development and self regulation? This workshop will provide an overview of infant mental health and take a close look at toxic stress and it's effects on the developing brain. Participants will engage in small group activities and discussion.
6. Peak Performance! Recruiting and Retaining Infant and Toddler Caregivers
Simone Taylor, M.S.Ed., IMHE®II, Infant/Toddler Specialist with New Jersey First Steps at Programs for Parents
Finding and retaining infant and toddler caregivers takes time, resources, and thoughtfulness. What makes your program stand out? What makes a caregiver want to work in your program? How can we make infant and toddler caregivers valued? What expectations does your program have? Join other professionals in discussions as we review the various internal processes that are used to attract and sustain quality caregivers in our programs.
7. Sensory Smart Strategies for Real-Life Challenges
Lindsey Biel, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Coauthor Raising a Sensory Smart Child, Author Sensory Processing Challenges, www.sensorysmarts.com
This workshop will enable attendees to recognize sensory processing challenges in children and understand how they impact behavior, learning, and daily function. Attendees will learn practical strategies for managing sensitivities to noise, touch, movement, visuals, taste and smell as well as ways to avoid overstimulation and activities that help children maintain the optimal state of arousal needed to learn.
8. Supervising Teachers: Ways that Improve Practices and Work Environments
Channing Edson, M.S.Ed., Ed.M., Lead Teacher, Infant/Toddler Classroom, Bank Street College Family Center
Supervising teachers can be a challenge at times as a person needs to navigate personalities, help develop solid practices and create cohesive work environments. In this workshop we will discuss how to meet people where they are at both personally and professionally. Develop skills that will help you supervise people in a way that allows them to tap into what you are saying and grow in their practices. As well as, create a work environment that is productive and copacetic.
9. Supporting Infant and Toddler Caregivers in their Professional Development
Allison Tom-Yunger, Adjunct Instructor, Guttman Center for Early Care and Education at Bank Street College
This workshop will focus on best practice in fostering the growth of infant and toddler caregivers. We'll explore different techniques and activities to help caregivers develop reflective capacities in the work they do with young children and their families.
10. Yoga as a Tool for Self-Regulation
Yasmin Dorrian, Early Childhood Consultant, YKD Consulting, LLC
Come ready to move! We will be exploring ways to use yoga and movement as a tool for self-regulation. Which poses are energizing and empowering, not only for infants and toddlers, but also for us as caregivers? Which poses are soothing and calming to help create a sense of peace and ease? You will walk away with concrete tools for managing the energy in your classroom, yourself and the individual children you work with.
Tuesday Afternoon Presentation
The Power of Early Relationships
Dr. Lesley Koplow, Director of Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College
Infants and toddlers who are cared for within attuned caregiving relationships have an inner resource that promotes resilience as they grow. Teachers and caregivers become an important part of the circle of attachment that surrounds children who are well cared for, and a protective factor in the lives of children who live with early adversity. The power of early relationships lasts a lifetime.