Infancy Institute

Information and Registration

  • Registration Information

    Next year’s Infancy Institute will be on March 24, 25, & 26, 2020. Registration opens in December. The 2019 Infancy Institute, March 26, 27, & 28, sold out!

    Conference Fees:

    • $300 Early Bird Registration Fee (through February 28)
    • $325 Registration Fee (after February 28)

    Payment Information:

    • If you are not paying by credit card, mail registration form and check/money order payable to Bank Street College to:

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

    Additional Information:

    You may earn one (1) graduate school credit by registering for EDUC 612 through the Registrar’s Office and paying the tuition fee. Contact Gretchen Adams at for more information.

  • Schedule

    See below for the schedule from the 2019 Infancy Institute.

    Conference Itinerary for Tuesday, March 26, 2019:

    3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Featured Presentation – World Class Trip: Teaching Towards the Global Community
    Presenter: Dr. Robin Hancock, Director, The Guttman Center for Early Care and Education at Bank Street College
    11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Registration
    1:00 PM – 3:15 PM Workshops

    Conference Itinerary for Wednesday, March 27, 2019:

    8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Complimentary coffee and bagels
    10:00 AM Welcome to Bank Street with President Shael Polakow-Suransky, GSE ’00
    10:15 AM – 11:30 AM Keynote Address, “Our Bravest Selves” by Myra Jones-Taylor
    11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch Break
    1:00 PM – 3:15 PM Workshops
    3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Creating a Call-to-Action to Support Babies, Toddlers and their Families, Facilitators: Emily Sharrock, Associate Vice President, Strategy & New Program Design, and Dr. Sarah M. Semlak, Director of Policy, 0-3 @ The Bank Street Education Center

    Conference Itinerary for Thursday, March 28, 2019:

    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Complimentary coffee and bagels
    9:00 AM – 11:15 AM Choice between workshop or a visit to an early childhood program
    1:00 PM – 3:15 PM Workshops
  • Workshop Topics

    Workshop topics include:

    • Art
    • Family engagement
    • Toddler Development
    • Infant Observations
    • Using books with very young children
    • Earliest math
    • Music and science
    • Brain Architecture Game
    • Challenging Behaviors
    • Supporting teachers
    • Emotionally Responsive Practice (ERP)
    • Cooking
    • Teacher Wellness – for teachers and administrators
    • Project Approach
    • Building relationships with teachers
    • Teaching very young children about race and equity
    • Early Head Start home visiting and play groups
    • Environments for very young children
    • Supporting individual children in group care
    • Understanding trauma
    • Creating a Professional Development plan for yourself
    • Culturally responsive care
    • Self care
    • Essentials of working with infants
    • Real Relationships: Authenticity in caregiving
    • center visits and more!
    Scroll down for a complete list of workshops with descriptions.

Workshop Descriptions from the 2019 Infancy Institute

  • Tuesday Workshops

    1. La Alimentación de los Niños
    Led by Dr. Marilyn Figueroa, Nutrition Consultant

    • About the Workshop: Este taller se enfoca sobre la alimentación y el desarrollo físico y socio-emocional de los niños. Dialogamos sobre la interacción que existe entre la crianza, la alimentación y la relación entre padre-niño. This workshop will be in Spanish.

    2. Being There: Building Relationships With Early Childhood Educators—Workshop Full
    Led by Rebecca Newman, LMSW, Early Childhood Coach Bank Street College of Education

    • About the Workshop: Geared towards Coaches and Consultants, this session will focus on the importance and process of building authentic relationships with early childhood teachers. Entering a new childcare environment as an outsider can be challenging, and at times it may be tempting to skip relationship building and move immediately towards providing classroom management support. Participants will learn and share relationship building techniques and reflect on how strong relationships between adults support the development of young children.

    3. Building and Sustaining a Strength-Based Culture at Your Child Care Setting
    Led by Kristina Satchell, MSEd. Educational Supervisor Columbia University Early Head Start, Bank Street Graduate School Advisor

    • About the Workshop: We will look at simple, yet effective, ways of fostering positive relationships between and among all members of a childcare setting. We will look through the strength based coaching model of Powerful Interactions and think about achievable steps to create a strength-based culture. Slides and handouts will be distributed in English and Spanish.

    4. Engaging Toddlers and Twos Using Emergent Curriculum—Workshop Full
    Led by Jelena Starcevic, MSEd

    • About the Workshop: This workshop will help deepen the understanding of how teachers can fully trust the power of play that their students are engaging in, and how teachers can support children in participating in their play/ learning process. Participants will engage in discussing how to listen and observe young children to better understand their interests, and then use these interests to develop fun “investigations” in which teachers and children work together to further engage in hands on learning experiences.

    5. Exploring Race & Equity for Infants and Toddlers: A Focus on the Adults who Work With Them—Workshop Full
    Led by Takiema Bunche Smith, MSEd, MPA, Deputy Director, Center on Culture, Race and Equity at Bank Street College of Education

    • About the Workshop: This workshop will highlight issues of race and equity that impact very young children and their families. It will also set the foundation for teachers and administrators to explore the impact of race in their own personal and professional lives in order to more effectively serve the children and families in their care.

    6. Funds of Knowledge: Relying on What We Know to Engage Young Children & Their Caregivers
    Led by Dr. Yasmin Morales-Alexander

    • About the Workshop: This workshop will look at the findings of a qualitative research study which explored the “funds of knowledge” of a group of Mexican immigrant mothers whose young children were enrolled in an Early Head Start/Head Start program. The findings of this research will provide the framework for discussion where workshop participants can identify the ways in which their own “funds of knowledge” inform their practice.

    7. The Power of Relationships in Supporting Infants and Toddlers With Processing Traumatic Experiences—Workshop Full
    Led by Allison Tom-Yunger, LCSW, MSEd, Supervised Fieldwork Advisor & Course Instructor, Bank Street Graduate School

    • About the Workshop: When a young child experiences a threat to their safety their system may become overwhelmed, leading to symptoms of trauma. We will explore how infants and toddlers process traumatic experiences and the impact this can have on their development and relationships. Additionally, we will reflect on our own feelings when working with families who are experiencing chronic stress or trauma and discuss strategies we can access to remain regulated in our work.

    8. Promoting Empathy and Resiliency: Creating an Emotionally Responsive Infant, Toddler, and Twos Room—Workshop Full
    Led by Gabriel Guyton MA, MSEd, Infant Toddler Teacher, East Tennessee State University

    • About the Workshop: A child’s development is influenced by the quality of care the child experiences. Studies show a strong connection between emotional well-being and learning potential in very young children. When children feel safe, they are able to explore the environment, play, and learn. I will share Emotionally Responsive Practice to create supportive classrooms for infants, toddlers and twos.

    9. Supporting Individual Children in Group Care
    Led by Lara Seligman, Adjunct Instructor, Guttman Center for Early Care and Education

    • About the Workshop: This workshop will discuss the use of observation, reflection and ongoing assessment to support individual children in group care. We will talk about and share different strategies to make thoughtful modifications and adaptions to interactions, materials and the environment.

    10. Supporting Infant, Toddler and Caregiver Mental Health and Development Through Playgroups—Workshop Full
    Led by Gabrielle Felman, Sarah Piel, & Rebecca Leighton

    • About the Workshop: Description coming soon!
  • Wednesday Workshops

    11. Actividades Emocionalmente Responsivas para Hacer con Familias//Emotionally Responsive Practice Activities That You Can Do With Families
    Led by Margaret Blachly, Psycho-educational Specialist, the Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College

    • About the Workshop: En este taller los participantes aprenderán algunas actividades que pueden hacer con familias, y que fomentarán la conexión entre miembros de la comunidad. También, estarán expuestos a las ideas básicas de la práctica emocionalmente responsiva (“ERP”). Los participantes harán las actividades juntos para experimentar su efecto, y para poder imaginar llevarla a su propio centro o salón. Este taller será completamente en español. This workshop will be completely in Spanish.

    12. Creating a Professional Development Plan (PDP) for Yourself
    Led by Danielle K. Kilcullen, Associate Director, Bank Street College Education Center

    • About the Workshop: Participants will have opportunities to reflect on their practice and develop career (SMART) goals for themselves. A PDP objective is to self assess strengths and generate action steps for continuous improvement and career development.

    13. Creating Secure Attachments With Infants and Their Families—Workshop Full
    Led by Mary Lou Allen, MS

    • About the Workshop: The first two years of life babies form relationships with many important people in their lives. This session will explore how we maximize those relationships both with the infants we care for and more importantly their families.

    14. Culturally Responsive Child Care
    Led by Yasmin Dorrian, YKD Consulting, LLC

    • About the Workshop: In this workshop we will reflect on the ways in which we might be unknowingly engaging in damaging “single stories” when thinking about and working with young children and their families. We will learn how to shift our focus to a more strengths-based approach and discuss how to use families as resources.

    15. ERP for Infant/Toddler Programs
    Led by Lesley Koplow LCSW, Director, ERP at Bank Street

    • About the Workshop: This session will provide an Introduction to Emotionally Responsive Practice with very young children. Learn how to inform practice with deep understanding of development and life experience.

    16. The Intersection of Infant Mental Health and Sensory Processing Disorders—Workshop Full
    Led by Gilbert M. Foley, Ed.D, IMH-E Co-Clinical Director, Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) and Consulting School-Clinical Child Psychologist, New York Center for Child Development; Director, Graduate Program in Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice, Adelphi University Institute for Parenting

    • About the Workshop: Infant mental health and sensory processing disorders (SPD) (DC:0-5) often have similar, co-occurring or contributory symptom profiles (e.g. ADHD and sensory over-responsivity disorder). This workshop explores differential diagnoses as well as sensory contributions to mental health/relational disorders seen in infant and preschool settings. The value of understanding SPDs as ports of entry to supporting parents and de-pathologizing parental contributions will be discussed as well as classroom-based intervention strategies. A combination of content presentation, case-based examples and participant discussion will be employed.

    17. The Power of Teacher Intentionality: Developing Young Children’s Cognitive Skills—Workshop Full
    Led by Michael Amaral, Instructional Coordinator, NYC Division of Early Childhood Education

    • About the Workshop: Infants and toddlers’ brain is constantly developing and changing, but these changes are in response to their environment and the people in their lives. Teachers have to engage children in interactions that scaffold their cognitive ability by being intentional and responsive to children’s actions. This workshop will delve into the role of the teacher in supporting young children’s cognition.

    18. Real Relationships: Authenticity in Caregiving
    Led by Mary Biggs, Director, Basic Trust Infant/Toddler Center

    • About the Workshop: This workshop will explore the notion of creating “real relationships” with children and families. We will look at such questions as: What is an authentic relationship? Why is it important? How is it created? How are they encouraged or discouraged by program leadership?

    19. Sensory Experiences for Infants and Toddlers—Workshop Full
    Led by Lisa Laflamme- Lead Infant Toddler Teacher, Bank Street Family Center, and Alexandra Martinez- Lead Infant Toddler Teacher, Bank Street Family Center

    • About the Workshop: Very young children learn about their world through engaging their senses. This workshop will highlight the importance of offering sensory activities daily and provide participants with ideas of various sensory materials and activities to use with young children.

    20. Starting Your Own Family Child Care Business
    Led by Sherease Alston Owner Daycare & Kids Gym

    • About the Workshop: Benefits Do’s and Don’ts

    21. Taking Care of Others Means Taking Care of Yourself
    Led by Sue Carbary, Program Director, Bank Street College

    • About the Workshop: Together we will explore self care strategies and practices. We will have discussion and real time experiences in self care!
  • Thursday Morning Workshops & Site Visits

    22. Baby Watch
    Led by Jacqueline Leong Range, DOE LYFE program (Living for Young Families thru Education)

    • About the Workshop: In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to watch infants in person as they are busy at work interacting with an early childhood teacher. We will discuss ways to use develop our observational skills and understanding of the complex developmental processes that are being mastered through seemingly simple interactions.

    23. Construyendo Relaciones Positivas y Haciendo Conexiones Con Nuestros Niños y Familias
    Led by Carmen Colón is an Advisor and Instructor at the graduate school at Bank Street College of Education in the Early Childhood Education /Special / Bilingual /Dual Language Programs.

    • About the Workshop: En este taller exploraremos como podemos establecer prácticas que nos ayude establecer buenas relaciones con nuestra familias. Juntos crearemos oportunidades para más compromiso y apoyo familiar. This workshop will be in Spanish.

    24. Creative Art for Toddlers—Workshop Full
    Led by Molly Vozick-Levinson, Director, Children’s Learning Center at Morningside Heights, MA Early Childhood Education from Teachers College

    • About the Workshop: What is art for toddlers? How can we set up satisfying, creative, open ended art experiences for them? Experience the process your self as you paint, print, crumble and stick. A packet of ideas will be provided!

    25. Math for Infants and Toddlers—Workshop Full
    Led by Robin Hummel, Bank Street College, and Alexandra Salomon, Western Suffolk BOCES

    • About the 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.

    26. Navigating the World of Books for Very Young Children—Workshop Full
    Led by Michele Ryan, Director of Early Childhood & Childhood Programs- Bank Street College

    • About the Workshop: This interactive workshop will explore strategies for selecting books for young children. Emphasis will be placed on identifying books that heighten children’s curiosity, books that affirm children’s growing sense of identity and books that offer children meaning and comfort about the world around them.

    27. STEM or Music? Creating a “Sound” Environment for Infants and Toddlers
    Led by Sonia A. Yoshizawa, STEM and Creativity Author & Musician, East Tennessee State University

    • About the Workshop: Young children are tuned into their surroundings and show an awareness of sound from a very early age. In this workshop, participants will learn how children explore and learn about sound, experience ways to create appropriate sound instruments, and increase their own understanding of STEM and music behind sound.

    28. Toddler Watch
    Led by Melina Gac Levin, Adjunct Faculty at Bank Street College

    • About the Workshop: In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to watch toddlers in person as they are busy at work interacting with an educator. We will discuss ways to develop our observational skills and understanding of the complex developmental processes that are being mastered through seemingly simple interactions.

    Site Visits

    S1. Bank Street Family Center—Full
    Limit 8 visitors

    • About the Site: An inclusionary center serving diverse families who live or work on the Upper West Side of New York City. The groups are mixed in age and include children with disabilities.

    S2. Barnard’s Center for Toddler Development
    Limit 24 visitors

    • About the Site: Provides a warm, positive first school experience for parents and children, and a forum for parents and caregivers to discuss and learn about the development of toddlers; conducts research on early development and parenting; and educates students about toddler development.It is directed by Dr. Tovah Klein who wrote the book How Toddlers Thrive: What parents can do today to plant the seeds of lifelong success.

    S3. Basic Trust Infant/Toddler Center—Full
    Limit 8 visitors

    • About the Site: Provides year round, full and part time, care with an emphasis on enriched, developmental care and a whole-family focus.

    S4. Rita Gold Early Childhood Center at Teachers College—Full
    Limit 6 visitors

    • About the Site: Serves children aged 6 weeks to 3 years in the Columbia University affiliated community. It provides supportive early care and education, transdisciplinary training of teachers, and on going research.
  • Thursday Afternoon Workshops

    29. The Brain Architecture Game
    Led by Michelle Barnea, RN, MSEd Early Childhood Consultant

    • About the Workshop: In this hands-on experience, participants will explore how positive experiences, tolerable stress and toxic stress can impact the structure and development of the brain. Based on research from the Center for the Developing Child, the game allows participants to use materials to build the strongest brain possible while incorporating life experiences. The essential and valuable role that nurturing caregivers play will be examined.

    30. Challenging Behaviors: What’s My Piece in the Puzzle?—Workshop Full
    Led by Lorri Sullivan, PhD, Sullivan Early Childhood Consulting, LLC

    • About the Workshop: This workshop will consider how we can use our relationships with infants and young children to understand and make sense of their behaviors. We will also consider how we each experience challenging behaviors differently based on our personalities, histories, and experiences.

    31. Cooking With Cheflings: Why and How to Cook and Bake With Toddlers—Workshop Full
    Led by Sydnie Henkin Founder of Cheflings, Head 3s Teacher at Kaplan Nursery School, Director of Sutton Summer Camp at Sutton Place Synagogue

    • About the Workshop: Take the mystery out of cooking and baking with young children. This workshop will talk through and demonstrate ways to get children involved in the process of cooking, strategies to keep everyone safe and engaged, introduce new cultures and food, incorporate early literacy, and illustrate what scientific and mathematical concepts are used while cooking. Come ready to eat!

    32. Energy Meets Energy in the Early Childhood Music Class: Song Leader Meets Children, Every Day
    Led by Betsy Blachly

    • About the Workshop: Betsy will lead the group in a typical music circle time, and we will unpack how it works, and what keeps it going, and how to build your own dynamic.

    33. The Project Approach With Infants and Toddlers
    Led by Valeria Erdosi-Mehaffey, Executive Director, The King’s Daughters Day School

    • About the Workshop: This workshop explores the elements of the project approach. Participants will develop an understand of how to engage infants and toddlers in investigations of topics that are meaningful to them in their daily lives.

    34. Racial Literacy for Young Children and Ourselves
    Led by Quiana M. Jackson, Bank Street College of Education

    • About the Workshop: Focusing on one of the tenets of the Anti-Bias framework, racial differences and similarities, this workshop will give educators and practitioners the opportunity to think critically about stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination and work together to create strategies on how to help children develop a positive sense of self and respectful understanding of others.

    35. Supporting Teachers as They Meet the Challenges of Working With Our Youngest Children—Workshop Full

    • About the Workshop: Caring for infants and toddlers is a challenging job. One reason for dissatisfaction on the job is a lack of professional and emotional support. How can we, as directors, coordinators, supervisors, etc. provide the support teachers need as they meet the challenges of this demanding profession? What strategies can we use as supervisors to support our teachers? Examine these issues and more in this interactive workshop.

    36. What Are We Going To Do With All These Toddlers?
    Led by Hayley Richard, MSEd; Head 2/3’s teacher Kaplan Nursery School

    • About the Workshop: Toddlers need a lot of different activities to keep them engaged. Using toddler development and play based learning as our foundation, we will explore a variety of activities including music, literature, sensory, construction and more.

    37. What is Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers?—Workshop Full
    Led by Katherine Baldwin, Bank Street Education Center

    • About the Workshop: This workshop is geared towards caregivers working directly with infants and toddlers. Participants will discuss the developmental-interaction approach and apply it to their current work with young children. Then, thinking about a particular child in their care, participants will reflect on what experiences they might plan for that child.