Infancy Institute

Information and Registration

  • General Information

    Conference Details:

    Infancy Institute 2022 – Beyond the Behavior: Understanding the Behavior of Children, Adults, and Ourselves
    Tuesday, June 28, Wednesday, June 29, and Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Location:

    We are excited to be able to host this year’s event in a hybrid format.

    • ON-SITE* – The venue will be located at Bank Street’s campus. Approximately 100 participants will have an in-person experience.
    • VIRTUAL – We are also offering an online format for those who are not able to attend in person. As with our recent virtual Infancy Institutes, people may join us live or access the recorded workshops.**

    *All participants joining us on the Bank Street Campus at 610 W. 112th St, New York, NY will be required to be fully vaccinated (2 doses plus the booster) and will follow the COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of the conference (e.g., masking).

    **All attendees will have access to the recordings.

    Institute Fee:

    • In-Person Early Bird Registration (through May 31) – $300
    • In-Person General Admission Registration (beginning June 1) – $325
    • Virtual Early Bird Registration (through May 31) – $175
    • Virtual General Admission Registration (beginning June 1) – $200

    Payment Information:

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    Bank Street College/Infancy Institute
    Attn: Gretchen Adams
    610 West 112th Street
    New York, NY 10025

    If you have any questions, please contact Gretchen Adams at gadams@bankstreet.edu or 212-875-4461.

    Additional Information:

  • Schedule

    Tentative Schedule

    In-Person

    DATE & TIME ACTIVITY
    Tuesday, June 28, 1:00 PM – 3:15 PM EST Workshops Session 1
    Tuesday, June 28, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST Featured Presentation with Susanne Walker Wilson
    Wednesday, June 29, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST Keynote Presentation with Mr. Chazz
    Wednesday, June 29, 1:00 PM – 3:15 PM EST Workshops Session 2
    Thursday, June 30, 9:00 AM – 11:15 AM EST Workshops Session 3
    Thursday, June 30, 1:00 PM – 3:15 PM EST Workshops Session 4

    Virtual

    DATE & TIME ACTIVITY
    Tuesday, June 28, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST Workshops Session 1
    Tuesday, June 28, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST Featured Presentation with Susanne Walker Wilson
    Wednesday, June 29, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST Broadcast of Keynote Presentation with Mr. Chazz
    Wednesday, June 29, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST Workshops Session 2
    Thursday, June 30, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST Workshops Session 3
    Thursday, June 30, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST Workshops Session 4
  • Keynote Presentation

    Mr. ChazzKeynote Speaker: Mr. Chazz
    Parent Coach/Teacher Coach

    We will practice understanding behavior through the brain. We will practice truly seeing behavior so we’re in a better position to guide. We will learn how we can teach emotionally healthy habits to children.

    His mission is to help adults truly see, guide, and trust children. He is pushing the needle a little closer toward world peace. He goes by, “Mr.Chazz” and he even has a song to prove it. He has been a teacher of teachers and parents. He has worked with many schools, thousands of teachers, and thousands of children. He has trained thousands of teachers in person and virtually. He earned his Master’s in Executive Leadership at American University.

  • Featured Presentation

    Susanne Walker WilsonFeatured Speaker: Susanne Walker Wilson

    Each of us is an expert on early relational health, child development, nurturing children from birth to three, and building alliances with families. Each of us brings strengths, gifts, and resilience to our work every day. And each of us bears significant stress, occasional sorrow, daily frustration, unavoidable risk, and sometimes even vicarious trauma through our day-to-day work with very young children and their families.

    When the stressors are unrelenting (like during Covid) and the risks or burdens persist over time, our bodies bear the burden, and our nervous systems may wind up ‘amped up’ or ‘shut down’ or fluctuating between the two. This feels lousy and has some big costs for us at home and work. In this presentation, we will make sense of the body’s stress response (in ourselves, in the children we nurture at work, and in the people of all ages whom we hold dear beyond work). And we will learn a variety of simple, tangible tools to reset our own nervous systems in real time in a way that builds resilience and bring us back to our best selves—ready to be the balanced, patient, energized and insightful secondary attachment figures infants and toddlers need us to be.

    This talk will offer us accessible things we can do in just seconds or minutes today and every day in real-time to protect ourselves from stress (and burnout) and to live our best lives in the classroom, while home visiting, and on the job. Your examples, input, and stories will be the springboard for keeping it real.

    Susanne Walker Wilson, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A, ITFS has been a home visitor, early intervention provider and service coordinator, parenting educator, an infant mental health therapist, consultant, and trainer over the last 26 years. She’s lived and worked in inner-city Washington DC; Colombia, South America; and in Asheville North Carolina where she is a licensed clinical social worker, an Infant, Toddler, Family Specialist, a trainer for Circle of Security International, and a certified resiliency educator partnering with early educators in the classroom, with home visitors, and with families of all kinds.

    Susanne’s focus is the intersection of early relational health, resilience, reflective practice, and public health prevention. A founding member of the NC Infant Mental Health Association, Susanne is now part of a leadership cohort working closely with the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health that is bringing the Endorsement process for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® to her state.

    A co-founder of the nonprofit, Resources for Resilience, and co-originator of the Reconnect curriculum, Susanne believes that these simple strategies for resetting one’s own nervous system in the face of ongoing stress or trauma are essential to workforce resilience in any setting and are uniquely valuable to those of us who hold infants and toddlers in our care, our minds, and our arms each day.

    Join Susanne in getting real about some tangible strategies to wick away the inevitable stress of our ever-powerful work with infants and toddlers and their families made especially complicated in Covid Times.

  • In Person Workshops

    Tuesday Workshops:

    • Workshop 1 – Becoming Fully Human: Reimagining Child Development, with Stefanie Horton, GSE ’13, Course Instructor, Bank Street Graduate School of Education
    • Workshop 2 – Designing Environments and Activities for Toddlers and 2s, with Sydnie Henkin, Adjuct Instructor, Bank Street College of Education and Assistant Director, Kaplan Nursery School at Sutton Place Synagogue
    • Workshop 3 – Learning to Learn while Learning to Move, with Sarah Barnaby, Infant Developmental Movement Educator, Co-Director of Babies Project
    • Workshop 4 – Supporting Gender Identity Development in Toddlers, with Alexandra Martinez; MSW, MSEd, Lead Infant Toddler Educator, Bank Street Family Center
    • Workshop 5 – Supporting Young Children with Disabilities through Affect, Anticipation and Joy, with Rae Leeper, EdD Faculty and Advisor at Bank Street College of Education
    • Workshop 6 – Understanding Dual Language Development and What Does it Look Like in Young Children, with Carmen Colón, Advisor and Instructor at the Graduate School at Bank Street College of Education (this workshop will be in Spanish)

    Wednesday Workshops:

    • Workshop 7 – Achieving a Secure Start: Using the Circle of Security Parenting Intervention as a Roadmap to Secure Attachment, with Barbara M Stern, MS, MBA, United Way of Greater New Haven
    • Workshop 8 – Building Blocks of Toddler Cognitive Development: Learning Activities Through Play, with Simone Taylor, MSEd, Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) Certified Trainer QUALITYstarsNY Quality Improvement Specialist
    • Workshop 9 – Creating Global Citizens, with Robin Hancock, Director of Global Learning at The Packer Collegiate Institute
    • Workshop 10 – Infant Toddler Curriculum Through a “Yes” Lens, with Ashley Cattaneo, MSEd
    • Workshop 11 – Math with Infants and Toddlers, with Robin Hummel, Math Leadership Program Director, Bank Street Graduate School of Education
    • Workshop 12 – What do parents of very young children worry about? with Melina Gac Levin, MSEd, Founder of Pueblo

    Thursday AM Workshops:

    • Workshop 13 – Empowering and Supporting Families through a Culturally-Sustaining Lens, with Annlady Jorge, Early Childhood Social Worker, Manny Cantor Center, and Scharisse Sierra, Manny Cantor Center, Infant/Toddler Educator
    • Workshop 14 – Exploring Sensory Activities with Toddlers, with Debbie Silver, Early Childhood Professional Development Consultant
    • Workshop 15 – “Love is an Action”: Teaching Towards Equity and Change, with Stephanie Roer, 2/3s Teacher and Associate Educational Director, Barrow Street Nursery School
    • Workshop 16 – Parent Support Groups: Why Investing in Parent Support is Critical to Whole Child Care, with Gabrielle Felman, MSEd, LCSW Private Practice, Lovevery, Inc., and Sarah Piel, MSEd, Bank Street, Lovevery, Inc.
    • Workshop 17 – Powerful Interactions through Sensory Play, with Anja Mayr, Infant Room Teacher, Verner Center for Early Learning, and Skylar Belt, Infant Room Teacher, Verner
    • Workshop 18 – Supporting Social/Emotional Development In the Wake of the Pandemic, with Lesley Koplow, Director, ERP at Bank Street

    Thursday PM Workshops:

    • Workshop 20 – Biting and Hitting and Dumping Oh My: Exploring the Challenging Behaviors of Toddlers, with Debbie Silver, Early Childhood Professional Development Consultant
    • Workshop 21 – Creating and Fostering a Child-Centered Environment, with Kristina Satchell, MSEd Quality Improvement Specialist, QUALITYstarsNY
    • Workshop 22 – Exploring Activities with Toddlers and Twos, with Savera Rost, MSEd, Williamsburg Neighborhood Nursery School
    • Workshop 23 – Exploring Their Worlds: Seasonal Exploratory Activities for Infants and Toddlers, with Brittany Wallace, Head Teacher Grace Church School, and Stephanie McGillen, Education Specialist Grace Church School
    • Workshop 24 – Choosing Relationship Over Control: Towards a Liberatory, Anti-Behaviorist Approach to Supporting Young Children, with Soyoung Park, PhD, Faculty, Bank Street College of Education
    • Workshop 25 – Emotionally Responsive Practice: A Path to Infant Toddler Mental Health Description, with Gabriel Guyton, MA, MSEd, IMH-E®, Vice President of Child and Family Services, and Laura Martin, MSW, Director of Child Development
    • Workshop 26 – Empowering and Supporting Families through a Culturally-Sustaining Lens, with Allison Tom-Yunger, Associate Director of Education, Manny Cantor Center, and Annlady Jorge, Early Childhood Social Worker, Manny Cantor Center (this workshop will be in Spanish)

    Workshop descriptions are below.

  • Online Workshops

    Tuesday Workshops:

    • Workshop 1 – Sensory Development: Implications for Classroom and Clinic, with Gil Foley, Consulting Clinical Psychologist, New York Center for Child Development and Clinical Co-Director, New York City Early Childhood Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC)
    • Workshop 2 – Creating Engaging Environments, with Michelle Barnea, RN, MSEd, Early Childhood Consultant
    • Workshop 3 – ERP 101 En Español: Una Introducción A los Conceptos y las Prácticas Emocionalmente Responsivas (ERP) (this workshop will be in Spanish), with Margaret Blachly, MSEd, Psychoeducational Specialist, Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College

    Wednesday Workshops:

    • Workshop 4 – Falling in Love with Children & Families, with Stephanie Kelley, Center Director, Verner Center for Early Learning
    • Workshop 5 – Writing For Toddlers, with Carol Zeavin, MSEd, EdM, Bank Street College of Education
    • Workshop 6 – Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, with Emily Rodriguez, LMSW (this workshop will be in Spanish)
    • Workshop 7 – Secure Attachment as a Protective Factor –An Introduction to Circle of Security Parenting and Classroom Approaches, with Susanne Walker Wilson, LCSW, LCAS-A, ITFS

    Thursday AM Workshops:

    • Workshop 8 – Supporting Children’s Social/Emotional Development, with Tracy Larry, MST, MSW, MSEd, Early Childhood Wellness Consultant
    • Workshop 9 – Supporting Parents When Children Need Early Intervention, with Laura Araman, LCSW, MSEd
    • Workshop 10 – Using the FAN – a Tool for Building Relationships and Connection, with Tori Graham, Director of FAN Training and Dissemination at Erikson Institute

    Thursday PM Workshops:

    • Workshop 11 – The Genesis of Inquiry, with Beth VanMeeteren Director Iowa Regents, Center for Early Developmental Education, Sherri Peterson, Program Coordinator Iowa Regents, Center for Early Developmental Education, and Sonia Yoshizawa, Coordinator of Research East Tennessee State University
    • Workshop 12 – Supporting Families and Children with Developmental Variations, with Tanya N. Miller, MS Sp. Ed, Montclair State University Early Intervention Program
    • Workshop 13 – Supporting Positive Behavior: Proactive Strategies to Set Children up for Success, with Lori-Ann Mangal, MSEd, LMSW – NYC Early Childhood School Social Worker
    • Workshop 14 – TBA, with Danielle Kilcullen and Tori Goode

    Workshop descriptions are below.

Workshop Descriptions

  • In Person Workshops

    Tuesday Sessions:

    • Workshop 1 – Becoming Fully Human: Reimagining Child Development
      • About this workshop: This workshop will enable the participants to reimagine how to plan, support, and guide interactions with infants and toddlers through exploring the topics of attachment, language acquisition, and identity formation. Through small and large group discussions, a lens of creating value will be cultivated in the areas of aesthetic and sensorial beauty, holistic gain, and collective good. With this lens, the participants will be able to support the development of young children’s limitless potential and begin to envision opportunities to foster global citizenship in their current context.
      • Facilitator: Stefanie Horton, GSE ’13, Course Instructor, Bank Street Graduate School of Education
    • Workshop 2 – Designing Environments and Activities for Toddlers and 2s
      • About this workshop: Participants will evaluate and design environments and activities for toddlers and 2s. We will look at the importance of play, individualizing play and how environments influence play. We will also design sensory, art, science, math, cooking, and block activities.
      • Facilitator: Sydnie Henkin, Adjuct Instructor, Bank Street College of Education and Assistant Director, Kaplan Nursery School at Sutton Place Synagogue
    • Workshop 3 – Learning to Learn while Learning to Move
      • About this workshop: A baby’s early experiences of being held and handled and their process of learning to move are interdependent and play a formative role in all aspects of their development. As caregivers our touch and handling practices can facilitate their patterns of perception, their relationship to learning, their emotional well-being, their cognitive functioning, and their sense of agency in the world – or we can inadvertently become obstacles to their learning. This workshop will include discussion and movement experiences as a way of sharing and exploring an infant-led, process-oriented, hands-on approach to supporting infant movement development.
      • Facilitator: Sarah Barnaby, Infant Developmental Movement Educator, Co-Director of Babies Project
    • Workshop 4 – Supporting Gender Identity Development in Toddlers
      • About this workshop: Children take in messages about gender and begin to understand their gender from a very young age. In this workshop we will explore the following questions: What do you know about gender and how did you come to learn it? What does the research say about gender identity development? How can we support very young children in their gender identity development? Participants will leave with practical language, material recommendations, and mindset shifts to use with children tomorrow.
      • Facilitator: Alexandra Martinez; MSW, MSEd, Lead Infant Toddler Educator, Bank Street Family Center
    • Workshop 5 – Supporting Young Children with Disabilities through Affect, Anticipation and Joy
      • About this workshop: Participants will learn specific tools from DIR Floortime including the use of affect, anticipation, and the celebration of idiosyncratic interests as a pathway to support and scaffold children’s growth and development. By focusing on joy and connection we will outline key strategies that practitioners can implement in both classroom and home settings.
      • Facilitator: Rae Leeper, EdD Faculty and Advisor at Bank Street College of Education
    • Workshop 6 – Understanding Dual Language Development and What Does it Look Like in Young Children (this workshop will be in Spanish)
      • About this workshop: During this workshop we will engage in understanding dual language development and what does it look like in young children. Through a culturally responsive lens, we will explore opportunities for language development in both, home language and new language and the benefits of learning the both languages. This workshop will be in Spanish.
      • Facilitator: Carmen Colón, Advisor and Instructor at the Graduate School at Bank Street College of Education

    Wednesday Sessions:

    • Workshop 7 – Achieving a Secure Start: Using the Circle of Security Parenting Intervention as a Roadmap to Secure Attachment
      • About this workshop: Part One of this workshop will provide an introduction to Attachment Theory, the supporting neuroscience and its relevance for early childhood educators and caregivers. Part Two will be an overview of the Circle of Security-Parenting (COSP) intervention. COSP, based on attachment theory, helps strengthen relationships between caregivers and children through better understanding of and responding to children’s needs as they explore their world and return to caregivers for comfort and reassurance.
      • Facilitator: Barbara M Stern, MS, MBA, United Way of Greater New Haven
    • Workshop 8 – Building Blocks of Toddler Cognitive Development: Learning Activities Through Play
      • About this workshop: Toddlers are learning all the time from their interactions with caring adults and other children, observation of the world around them, and exploration or examination of objects that interest them. The best cognitive development activities for toddlers are integrated through play. Gain a better understanding of cognitive development that occurs in toddlers and explore ideas and strategies you can use immediately in your early childhood program.
      • Facilitator: Simone Taylor, MSEd, Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) Certified Trainer QUALITYstarsNY Quality Improvement Specialist
    • Workshop 9 – Creating Global Citizens
      • About this workshop: Our world is becoming increasingly divided. War, media bias, racial violence, an ongoing pandemic and more fill our days. They also fill the days of our youngest learners who are absorbing the conversations, media and context clues all around them and using these to make sense of their world. Global Citizenship Education is an effect method of countering the negative and divisive messages that are sometimes difficult for young minds to filter. This workshop will share the story of two very different early childhood centers who are utilizing effect global citizenship practices and will give participants the opportunity to identify strategies and support for teachers and families to help build strong global citizens at an early age.
      • Facilitator: Robin Hancock, Director of Global Learning at The Packer Collegiate Institute
    • Workshop 10 – Infant Toddler Curriculum Through a “Yes” Lens
      • About this workshop: In this workshop, participants will reflect on typical “risky” Early Childhood activities that bring up feelings of anxiety in adults. Together we will consider ways to make these activities more inviting and less limiting.
      • Facilitator: Ashley Cattaneo, MSEd
    • Workshop 11 – Math with Infants and Toddlers
      • About this workshop: From the moment babies are born, they begin to form ideas about math through everyday experiences and interactions. This workshop will offer experiences that parents and specialists can use in building math understanding for infants and toddlers.
      • Facilitator: Robin Hummel, Math Leadership Program Director, Bank Street Graduate School of Education
    • Workshop 12 – What do parents of very young children worry about?
      • About this workshop: Baby- and toddlerhood are periods of rapid change and growth for both children and their parents. These years can evoke specific questions and worries for families. Join a discussion about the concerns that have come up for the parents of children in your care, and learn some strategies for supporting families as they work through these worries.
      • Facilitator: Melina Gac Levin, MSEd, Founder of Pueblo

    Thursday Morning Sessions:

    • Workshop 13 – Empowering and Supporting Families through a Culturally-Sustaining Lens
      • About this workshop: Authentically engaging and supporting families requires that we first reflect on our own experiences, including our families of origin, culture, and biases. During this workshop we will have the opportunity to reflect on ourselves and the families we support while co-constructing approaches for how to best support families. Through role playing and case studies we’ll practice strategies to engage in culturally sustaining practices within our communities. Additionally, we’ll be considering the context of the pandemic and the impact the past few years have had on families.
      • Facilitator: Annlady Jorge, Early Childhood Social Worker, Manny Cantor Center, and Scharisse Sierra, Manny Cantor Center, Infant/Toddler Educator
    • Workshop 14 – Exploring Sensory Activities with Toddlers
      • About this workshop: Learn how to incorporate developmentally appropriate sensory and open ended art activities into your program. Explore painting, tearing, scrunching, crumbling, squeezing and sticking. Leave with recipes and lots of ideas to to use in your program or on a home visit!
      • Facilitator: Debbie Silver, Early Childhood Professional Development Consultant
    • Workshop 15 – “Love is an Action”: Teaching Towards Equity and Change
      • About this workshop: bell hooks said: “Love is an action, not simply a feeling.” Our work is emotional and relationship based. We care deeply and feel love for our learners and families. Our work becomes radical love, love in action, when we take a pedagogical stance towards equity and change. When we say to a child, for example, “I honor you and I will give you the tools to be an agent of change in your world.” What does this look like in an early childhood setting? How do you introduce identity, diversity, justice, and activism to our youngest learners? In this workshop, we will overview anti-bias and culturally sustainable practices and spend ample time reflecting together so you can walk away with an actionable takeaway for your setting or personal practice.
      • Facilitator: Stephanie Roer, 2/3s Teacher and Associate Educational Director, Barrow Street Nursery School
    • Workshop 16 – Parent Support Groups: Why Investing in Parent Support is Critical to Whole Child Care
      • About this workshop: Children learn and grow in the presence of their closest caregivers. Supporting parents to understand development, recognize and manage their own stressors, and see their children through a lens of competence can make a huge difference in children’s lives and in parents’ expectations of classroom life. Parent support and education can also support classroom partnerships. Parent Support can take many forms: virtual weekly groups, one-off education on topics of interest, or in person parent-child groups. Learn which best suits your environment.
      • Facilitators: Gabrielle Felman, MSEd, LCSW Private Practice, Lovevery, Inc., and Sarah Piel, MSEd, Bank Street, Lovevery, Inc.
    • Workshop 17 – Powerful Interactions through Sensory Play
      • About this workshop: In this workshop, we will explore sensory play in an infant classroom and how sensory play can be a tool to have Powerful Interactions. Be ready to use all of your senses as we create activities together!
      • Facilitators: Anja Mayr, Infant Room Teacher, Verner Center for Early Learning, and Skylar Belt, Infant Room Teacher, Verner
    • Workshop 18 – Supporting Social/Emotional Development In the Wake of the Pandemic
      • About this workshop: Very young children’s whole lives have been lived amid the dangers of the pandemic. As we emerge from this anxious time, how do we offer our children a secure foundation for social and emotional well being? We will explore this topic through a developmental lens.
      • Facilitator: Lesley Koplow, Director, ERP at Bank Street

    Thursday Afternoon Sessions:

    • Workshop 20 – Biting and Hitting and Dumping Oh My: Exploring the Challenging Behaviors of Toddlers
      • About this workshop: Let’s look at dealing with the challenging behaviors toddlers sometimes demonstrate. We will discuss how development impacts behavior, the difference between discipline and punishment and guidelines for positive discipline
      • Facilitator: Debbie Silver, Early Childhood Professional Development Consultant
    • Workshop 21 – Creating and Fostering a Child-Centered Environment
      • About this workshop: We will look at how to create a safe and engaging environment (center based or Family child care) that supports infants and toddlers as they explore and develop through play. We will delve into the Bank Street Developmental Approach, look at ERS tools and share our experiences as we look at supportive and joyful environments for young children.
      • Facilitator: Kristina Satchell, MSEd Quality Improvement Specialist, QUALITYstarsNY
    • Workshop 22 – Exploring Activities with Toddlers and Twos
      • About this workshop: We will explore activities for toddlers and twos that foster development and interests. Share and gather ideas for implementing a variety of activities for young children.
      • Facilitator: Savera Rost, MSEd, Williamsburg Neighborhood Nursery School
    • Workshop 23 – Exploring Their Worlds: Seasonal Exploratory Activities for Infants and Toddlers
      • About this workshop: This workshop explores how to create open-ended, developmentally appropriate activities for infants and toddlers. Using the seasons as a framework, we look at ways to develop curricula that allows children to explore and make sense of their world within the safe space of their classrooms. Participants will get hands-on experience with materials and come away with a variety of practical ideas to implement in their practice.
      • Facilitators: Brittany Wallace, Head Teacher Grace Church School, and Stephanie McGillen, Education Specialist Grace Church School
    • Workshop 24 – Choosing Relationship Over Control: Towards a Liberatory, Anti-Behaviorist Approach to Supporting Young Children
      • About this workshop: In this workshop, participants will explore what it means to support young children in ways that counter predominant behaviorist approaches that aim to control, contain, and fix children. Through reflection, observation, and discourse, participants will have multiple opportunities to freedom dream what child-centered, liberatory practices in early childhood could entail. Participants will leave the workshop with specific ideas that they can try in their practice immediately.
      • Facilitator: Soyoung Park, PhD, Faculty, Bank Street College of Education
    • Workshop 25 – Emotionally Responsive Practice: A Path to Infant Toddler Mental Health Description

      • About this workshop: Knowing how children learn and grow helps you respond in loving and meaningful ways and extends learning. Emotionally responsive practices (ERP) braided into the fabric of your work supports authentic teacher-child interactions and helps you be attuned and responsive to the needs of children and families. In this workshop, you will learn about the brain, get an inside view of classrooms and draw upon your existing skills to promote Infant mental health using ERP.
      • Facilitators: Gabriel Guyton, MA,MSEd,IMH-E®, Vice President of Child and Family Services, and Laura Martin, MSW, Director of Child Development
    • Workshop 26 – Empowering and Supporting Families through a Culturally-Sustaining Lens (this workshop will be in Spanish)

      • About this workshop: Authentically engaging and supporting families requires that we first reflect on our own experiences, including our families of origin, culture, and biases. During this workshop we will have the opportunity to reflect on ourselves and the families we support while co-constructing approaches for how to best support families. Through role playing and case studies we’ll practice strategies to engage in culturally sustaining practices within our communities. Additionally, we’ll be considering the context of the pandemic and the impact the past few years have had on families.
      • Facilitator: Allison Tom-Yunger, Associate Director of Education, Manny Cantor Center, and Annlady Jorge, Early Childhood Social Worker, Manny Cantor Center
  • Virtual Workshops

    Tuesday Sessions:

    • Workshop 1 – Sensory Development: Implications for Classroom and Clinic
      • About this workshop: This presentation examines the sensory systems, their development in utero and their progressive role, significance and contribution to infant and early childhood functioning. Implications for classroom and clinical practice are discussed in terms of materials, stimulus levels, sensory experiences and activities for typical children and those with sensory and regulatory differences.
      • Facilitator: Gil Foley, Consulting Clinical Psychologist, New York Center for Child Development and Clinical Co-Director, New York City Early Childhood Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC)
    • Workshop 2 – Creating Engaging Environments
      • About this workshop: Come explore how each component of your environment supports the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers. Learn how the environment can be used to regulate behaviors, and help infants and toddlers thrive.
      • Facilitator: Michelle Barnea, RN, MSEd, Early Childhood Consultant
    • Workshop 3 – ERP 101 En Español: Una Introducción A los Conceptos y las Prácticas Emocionalmente Responsivas (ERP) (this workshop will be in Spanish)

      • About this workshop: En este taller, los participantes van a experimentar los conceptos básicos de ERP, e imaginar cómo aplicarlos en su trabajo con bebés, niño/as pequeño/as, y con familias. Miremos unas técnicas prácticas y sencillos, incluyendo la biblioterapia, el lenguaje reflectante, y las invitaciones que también pueden contener. Será un ambiente abierto y colaborativo, y cada participante tendrá unas ideas para llevar a su própia práctica.
      • Facilitator: Margaret Blachly, MS Ed, Psychoeducational Specialist, Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College

    Wednesday Sessions:

    • Workshop 4 – Falling in Love with Children & Families
      • About this workshop: The stress of the day, the frustration of the hard work, the mid year slump … all of these things are made easier when you take the time to Fall in Love with Children & Families. Join us as we explore practices, tools, and ideas around this important aspect of our work with Infants and Toddlers.
      • Facilitator: Stephanie Kelley, Center Director, Verner Center for Early Learning
    • Workshop 5 – Writing For Toddlers
      • About this workshop: Terrific Toddlers co-author Carol Zeavin will share insights and techniques behind this innovative book series for toddlers, and will help you create your own empathic, effective books for the toddlers in your care.
      • Facilitator: Carol Zeavin, MSEd, EdM, Bank Street College of Education
    • Workshop 6 – Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (this workshop will be in Spanish)

      • About this workshop: Understanding infant mental health and supporting young children and their families.
      • Facilitator: Emily Rodriguez, LMSW
    • Workshop 7 – Secure Attachment as a Protective Factor –An Introduction to Circle of Security Parenting and Classroom Approaches

      • About this workshop: Learn about how Circle of Security Parenting® and Circle of Security Classroom Approach® can offer a roadmap for making sense of and meeting the social emotional needs of the children we are raising or those who are in our care each day. Secure attachment feels good, is the foundation for life-long optimal mental health, and is a protective factor for every child regardless of the context of their lives or what challenges their caregivers may face. All of us have “shark music” that can get in the way of supporting children’s autonomy and/or their care-seeking from us. Join this workshop to learn more about The Circle of Security and about how to identify and manage your own “shark music.”
      • Facilitator: Susanne Walker Wilson, LCSW, LCAS-A, ITFS

    Thursday Morning Sessions:

    • Workshop 8 – Supporting Children’s Social/Emotional Development
      • About this workshop: Small humans have BIG emotions. Join us to discuss how to keep yourself regulated, while helping the littles in your life develop strong social emotional foundations.
      • Facilitator: Tracy Larry, MST, MSW, MSEd, Early Childhood Wellness Consultant
    • Workshop 9 – Supporting Parents When Children Need Early Intervention
      • About this workshop: When you or a parent has questions or concerns about a child’s development, Early Intervention is a pathway to getting young children the support they need. In this workshop we will discuss the ways we provide support to parents leading up to the evaluation, through the evaluation process, and how we can collaborate once services are put in place.
      • Facilitator: Laura Araman, LCSW, MSEd
    • Workshop 10 – Using the FAN – a Tool for Building Relationships and Connection
      • About this workshop: FAN is based on the concept of attunement; that is, feeling connected and understood creates the space to learn and to try new ways of relating. FAN address caregivers’ concerns by matching the provider’s communication to the cues that the caregiver is showing in the moment and allowing the provider to move flexibly during the caregiver contact based on the parent’s responses.
      • Facilitator: Tori Graham, Director of FAN Training and Dissemination at Erikson Institute

    Thursday Afternoon Sessions:

    • Workshop 11 – The Genesis of Inquiry
      • About this workshop: Inquiry in STEM starts early. This workshop will focus on the genesis of inquiry with infants and toddlers. We will introduce a model for how infants and toddlers engage in inquiry learning when their teachers design and engineer educational experiences and classroom environments that are tailored to children’s specific needs and interests. Video exemplars and photos will be used to discuss the potential for inquiry within infant and toddler environments.
      • Facilitators: Beth VanMeeteren Director Iowa Regents, Center for Early Developmental Education, Sherri Peterson, Program Coordinator Iowa Regents, Center for Early Developmental Education, and Sonia Yoshizawa, Coordinator of Research East Tennessee State University
    • Workshop 12 – Supporting Families and Children with Developmental Variations
      • About this workshop: Participants in this workshop will engage in a reflective process and discussion to explore feelings, share observations, and provide feedback about how to initiate, develop, and sustain supportive relationships with clients, children, and families. We will discuss the parallels of how we cultivate grounding personal and professional practices that foster co-regulation with children, collaboration with colleagues, and further supportive partnerships with families receiving services.
      • Facilitator: Tanya N. Miller, MS Sp. Ed, Montclair State University Early Intervention Program
    • Workshop 13 – Supporting Positive Behavior: Proactive Strategies to Set Children up for Success
      • About this workshop: This workshop will cover proactive behavior management strategies that can be utilized to support young children and families across a variety of settings. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their experiences with challenging behaviors. The presenter will incorporate participant experiences, and case examples to facilitate group discussion on topics covered such as: the function of behavior, specific proactive strategies, self-talk and parallel talk, specific praise, and more.
      • Facilitator: Lori-Ann Mangal, MSEd, LMSW – NYC Early Childhood School Social Worker
    • Workshop 14 – TBA
      • About this workshop: Description coming soon!
      • Facilitators: Danielle Kilcullen and Tori Goode