Infancy Institute

Information and Registration

  • Overview

    2023 Conference Theme:

    Relationships that Heal: Choosing Connection Over Control

    Time & Location:

    This year’s Infancy Institute will be held online and features interactive workshops for professionals who work with infants and toddlers focused on curriculum, development, challenging behaviors, working with families, and emotionally responsive practice. All workshops and keynote speeches will be recorded and available to all who are registered.

    Institute Fee:

    • Early Bird Registration (through May 31) – $275
    • General Admission Registration (beginning June 1) – $325


    Additional Information:

    If you have any questions, please contact Continuing Professional Studies at or 212-875-4649.

  • Schedule

    Programs are held online with the exception of the post-conference workshop on June 23, which will be held at Bank Street College.
    Times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

    Date/Time Activity (Zoom links will be emailed to registered participants)
    Tuesday, June 20, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Keynote Presentation with Deidre Quinlan
    Attending to Attachment in Early Care: The Circle of Security
    Tuesday, June 20, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Workshop Session 1
    Wednesday, June 21, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Keynote Presentation with Dr. Soyoung Park
    Letting Go of Control to Build Radical Communities of Care with Young Children
    Wednesday, June 21, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Workshops Session 2
    Wednesday, June 21, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Networking Time
    Thursday, June 22, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Workshops Session 3
    Thursday, June 22, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Workshop Session 4
    Friday, June 23, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Post-conference workshop at Bank Street (registration required)
  • Keynote Presentation

    Attending to Attachment in Early Care: The Circle of Security

    Keynote Speaker: Deidre Quinlan

    Because babies are hard-wired to be social creatures, it is literally unbearable for a human being to not feel, in some way, connected to others. 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.

    image of keynote speaker Deirdre QuinlanAbout Deidre Quinlan

    I have been passionate about Circle of Security since introduced to the model in 2007 at the University of Minnesota in the first cohort of the IECMH Certificate Program. Today, as part of the second generation of Circle of Security International leadership, my daily stewardship focuses on the fidelity and the future of COSI, considering personal impact, professional development, and global relevance. 

    Like many providers, learning about COS began a journey of self-discovery, and I have continued to deepen my understanding about the Circle of Security in both my personal and professional life journeys. This journey includes years of clinical supervision, mentorship, love, and friendship with the COS originators for which I am truly grateful. 

    As a licensed clinical social worker, I am particularly interested in resilience and the ability of the developing person to persevere and overcome childhood risks and adversities. I’ve worked in a variety of settings including childcare centers, residential treatment, group homes, schools, day treatment, after school programs, and out-patient clinics.

    At home I’m a mother of three adult children who are off on grand adventures. I live and work from home on a hobby farm on the North Shore of Lake Superior with my husband, mother-in-law, some horses, chickens, a few cats, and sometimes a dog. As my work takes me to places all around the world, I am fortunate to meet others who are also filled with the desire to make a difference. As legacies go, supporting our children’s developing capacities for caring, self-reliance, and resilience leave me filled with hope for the possibilities of what could be.

  • Featured Presentation

    Letting Go of Control to Build Radical Communities of Care with Young Children

    Featured Speaker: Dr. Soyoung Park

    In this talk, we will explore what it means to create communities of care when we live and work in an unjust society that pushes us towards control. Through stories of children, families, and educators, we will consider how letting go of control can be liberating for both children and adults. This talk will offer us an opportunity to collectively reimagine institutions that aim to fix, control, and manage young children and families who are too often othered in our social systems. Through this collective reimagining, we will also reflect on our own personal responses to behaviors that challenge us. In so doing, we will begin a process of reframing, where fear becomes curiosity, perceived deficit becomes genius, and a desire to control becomes a desire to connect.

    Soyoung Park

    About Dr. Soyoung Park

    Dr. Soyoung Park is the director of programs in early childhood special education at Bank Street Graduate School. A former special education and inclusion teacher, Dr. Park’s work as a teacher-scholar interrogates the ways in which ableism, racism, and xenophobia intersect in the schooling experiences of young children of color with disabilities and their families. She specifically focuses on reimagining inclusive and special education practices to cultivate communities of belonging in educational settings. Dr. Park partners with schools and centers to engage in community-based transformational work that emerges from the priorities, values, and interests of the community. She received her BA from Brown University, her MPS. from Manhattanville College, and her PhD. from Stanford University. Dr. Park has published and presented her work in multiple venues, and is excited to be returning to the Infancy Institute for her 4th consecutive year.