Our Faculty

Allison Tom-Yunger

Supervised Fieldwork Advisor & Course Instructor

Allison is an Advisor and Instructor in both the Early Childhood General & Special Education and Infant & Family Development & Early Intervention programs at Bank Street College of Education.  Before beginning in this role she helped launch the first cohort at the Guttman Center for Early Care & Education at Bank Street as an Adjunct Instructor in January 2017.  From her college years working as an assistant teacher in an infant-toddler classroom to her more recent role as a clinical supervisor in an early childhood mental health clinic, Allison’s professional experiences have shaped her passion for promoting emotionally responsive and culturally informed practice in the fields of education and social work.  She specializes in clinical work with young children and their families who are coping with stress, trauma, and loss.  Allison believes access to quality early childhood programs within a child’s community is a right for all families and can be a step towards a more equitable society.  This belief guides her practice in her work with children, caregivers, and teachers.  In her work as a graduate instructor and advisor her goals are to strengthen educators’ capacities in developing reflective skills, assessing and understanding the individual needs of children, and improving communication when working with families.

Educational Background

Qualifications
MSW, Columbia University, M.S.Ed., Bank Street College of Education

Presentations

Supporting infant and toddler caregivers in their professional development. Bank Street College of Education Infancy Institute, June 2017, June 2018

Association to Benefit Children, September 2016 – August 2018:

  • Administering the Ages and Stages questionnaire
  • Early childhood trauma: An Overview
  • Infant and early childhood mental health
  • Managing challenging behaviors in the early childhood classroom
  • Teacher self-care and stress management

Harlem Children’s Zone Baby College, June 2014 – January 2015:

  • Being present: Staying active and engaged in our work with children
  • Creating developmentally appropriate curriculum for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
  • Strategies for recognizing and working with families impacted by trauma
  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder and how to support a child’s individual differences