Infancy Institute

Information and Registration

  • Overview

    2024 Conference Theme: Boundless Beginnings: Liberation in Care for Infants and Toddlers

    Time & Location: 2024 Conference will be held on-site and online.
    Registration is available for both formats or you can choose the format that works best for you.
    Both sessions features a keynote speaker and interactive workshops for professionals who work with infants and toddlers focused on curriculum, development, challenging behaviors, working with families, and emotionally responsive practice. Workshops sessions 5, 6, and 7 and the keynote from the online conference will be recorded and available to participants who are registered for the online conference.

    On-site Conference at Bank Street College:

    • Thursday, June 20, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
    • Friday, June 21, 9:00 – 3:00 PM

    Online Conference:

    Institute Fees (2024):

    On-site Conference Rates: TBA
    Online Conference Rates: TBA


    • Individual registration via Bank Street (no fee, coming soon)
    • Individual registration via Whova (fee applies, coming soon)
    • Group registration via Whova (no fee, coming soon)

    Additional Information:

    Questions? Contact Continuing Professional Studies at or 212-875-4649.

  • Schedule: on-site

    Programs are held at Bank Street College, 610 West 112th Street, NYC 10025
    Times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

    Date/Time Activity (Zoom links will be emailed to registered participants)
    Thursday, June 20, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Keynote Presentation with Dr. Denisha Jones
    Liberatory Pedagogy in the Early Years: Free to Develop, Free to Learn, Free to Teach
    Thursday, June 20, 10:45 AM – 1:00 PM Workshop Session 1
    Thursday, June 20, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Lunch
    Thursday, June 20, 2:15 PM – 4:30 PM Workshops Session 2
    Friday, June 21, 9:00 AM – 11:15 AM Workshop Session 3
    Friday, June 21, 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM Lunch
    Friday, June 21, 12:45 PM – 3:00 PM Workshop Session 4
  • Keynote: On-site

    Liberatory Pedagogy in the Early Years: Free to Develop, Free to Learn, Free to Teach

    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Denisha Jones

    Concepts like liberatory, emancipatory, and decolonized pedagogies are often used in the context of working with older students, but rarely are these ideas applied to early childhood educators. In this keynote I outline the need for early childhood education to center liberation and freedom as necessary to foster whole child development. In misguided efforts to prepare children for school, early childhood practices have disrupted optimal development, severed our natural desires to learn, and led to teacher demoralization and demotivation. I offer early childhood liberatory pedagogy as a framework to ensure all children are free to develop and learn and teachers are free to teach.

    Dr. Denisha Jones is the Executive Director of Defending the Early Years. She is a former kindergarten teacher and preschool director who spent the past 20 years in teacher education. Denisha is an education justice advocate and activist working with various grassroots organizations to dismantle the neoliberal assault on public education. She is a part-time faculty member in the Art of Teaching program at Sarah Lawrence College and the School of Education at Howard University. Since 2017, she served on the steering committee for the national Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. Her first co-edited book, Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice, was published in December 2020 by Haymarket Books.

  • Schedule: online

    Programs are held online through Zoom and the Whova App
    Times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

    Date/Time (EDT) Activity (Zoom links will be emailed to registered participants)
    Wednesday, June 26, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Keynote Presentation: TBA
    Wednesday, June 26, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Lunch
    Wednesday, June 26, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Workshop Session 5
    Wednesday, June 26, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Networking Session (optional)
    Thursday, June 26, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Workshop Session 6
    Thursday, June 26, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Lunch
    Thursday, June 26, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Workshop Session 7
  • Keynote: Online

    Challenges as Catalysts: A Liberating Journey from Behavior Challenges to Profound Connection

    Keynote Speaker Online: Yasmin Dorrian

    What if instead of focusing on changing or modifying children’s challenging behaviors we focused on our own internal and external response to these behaviors? What if we didn’t view these behaviors as challenging at all? What if we worked instead to understand why these behaviors were especially challenging for us. 

    Rather than merely attempting to alter children’s behaviors, this conversation will challenge participants to introspectively examine their own responses and perceptions. Embrace the notion that these behaviors are not inherently challenging but opportunities for profound understanding.

    We will engage in a collective reflection on our attitudes and biases surrounding children’s behavior, seeking to unravel the complexities that shape our responses. By cultivating a nuanced mindset, participants will discover the potential for a substantial shift in responses, empowering children to navigate the world with confidence, agency, and a profound sense of love.

    Headshot of Yasmin Dorrian

    Yasmin Dorrian, MSEd, is the co-director of the Infancy Institute and an advisor and course instructor at Bank Street Graduate School of Education where she also obtained an MSEd in Infant and Family Development and Early Intervention. Yasmin also owns and operates a consulting company working with parents and early childhood centers in the tri-state area. Her work focuses on meeting her students and clients where they are and guiding them to find their own answers through self-reflection and authentic, candid dialogue. One of Yasmin’s favorite ways to share information and empower caregivers is through workshops using a mix of simple visuals, interactive questions and curated resources. Yasmin draws on a wide range of experiences to inform her practice; she has worked as a teacher, a director, and consultant in a number of early childhood settings across the United States and abroad. Her undergraduate degree is from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, where she focused on Child Development and cultivated her passion at the renowned Early Childhood Center.