Conferences & Institutes

Infancy Institute

The Infancy Institute is an early childhood development conference that provides training and intensive workshops for professionals who work with infants and toddlers. We welcome caregivers, teachers, directors, trainers, home visitors, parents, early interventionists, developmental specialists, social workers, family childcare providers, and others who support young children in a variety of settings.

The annual conference highlights cutting-edge developments in research, relationship-based practice, and family-centered care and has educated thousands of infant/toddler specialists from around the world.

Infancy Institute 2021: Racial Consciousness and Social Justice was held on Friday, March 19 – Saturday, March 20, and featured a keynote presentation by Ijumaa Jordan and a featured presentation by José Velilla.

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Ijumaa Jordan

“Baby Loves Themself Sooo Much!” Supporting Infants' and Toddlers' Positive Racial Identity Development

Featuring Keynote Speaker Ijumaa Jordan
Ijumaa Jordan is a fat, Black, cis-gendered woman (she, her, her’s) daily engaging in the beautiful struggle of life, doing the internal and external work to abolish systems of oppression such as racism, sexism, transphobia, and classism, etc. Ijumaa shows up for this work with intensity and passion, being joyful, thinking critically, and holding a learning space with care and grace. She loves afternoon naps and snacks, you can usually find her online looking serious and laughing loudly.
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infancy instituteHistory 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.



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The presenters gave such interesting, concrete examples that I could bring to my center and really understood the reasoning behind the approach.
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I love the emphasis on culture, race and relationships and, of course, children!
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The site visits let us see all the workshops in action and what it really looks like in the setting.
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