Conferences & Institutes

Infancy Institute

This early childhood conference focuses on the care of infants through four-year-olds. Each year workshops focus on curriculum, infant and toddler development, challenging behaviors, working with families, and emotionally responsive practice highlighting cutting-edge developments in research, relationship-based practice, and family-centered care. The institute, founded in 1987, has educated thousands of infant/toddler specialists from around the world. We welcome caregivers, teachers, directors, trainers, home visitors, parents, early interventionists, developmental specialists, social workers, family childcare providers, and all who support young children in a variety of settings.

2023 Conference
Relationships that Heal: Choosing Connection over Control

June 20 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
June 21 from 12:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET
June 22 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Post-Conference Session (On campus; additional registration required) June 23, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET

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2023 Keynote Speaker: Deidre Quinlan

Attending to Attachment in Early Care: The Circle of Security
Because babies are hard-wired to be social creatures, it is literally unbearable for a human being to not feel connected to others in some way. We all learn behavior strategies to help us feel a connection with others and to protect ourselves from isolation. In this presentation, participants will explore through the lens of the Circle of Security® how behaviors feel from the inside—not just how they look from the outside—so that we can better understand how our own feelings and behaviors impact our relationships with children and how children depend on relationships with adults to grow and develop.
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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.
Participant Experiences
The presenters gave such interesting, concrete examples that I could bring to my center and really understood the reasoning behind the approach.
Participant Experiences
I love the emphasis on culture, race and relationships and, of course, children!