Day Three—Thursday, June 19
9:00 - 11:15 AM / Choose ONE: Center Visit (see "Visit a Center")
OR ONE Morning Workshop
16. What Do I Do If I am Feeling Blue? Supporting Teachers' Mental Health
Laura Martin, ITFS, Early Head Start Mental Health and Disabilities Specialist, Verner Center for Early Learning, Asheville, NC; Gabriel Guyton, MA, MSEd, Head Teacher, Bank Street Family Center
Through this workshop, participants will develop a clearer understanding of the impacts of their mental health on their caregiving, coworker relationships, and workplace satisfaction. Together, we will identify factors impacting our individual mental health and our associated behavioral responses and develop strategies to cope with workplace stressors, increase effectiveness of daily performance, and support the development of healthy relationships.
17. Baby Watch
Jacqueline Range, Teacher, LYFE program, NYC Department of Education
Come and watch real babies in action. How do we support them in their play and development?
18. The Power of Positioning in Play with Infants and Toddlers
Lisa Yoon, PT, MS, PCS, NYC Early Intervention Program
What does positioning have to do with function? In this workshop, learn strate- gies and techniques to optimize engagement, attention, and participation for learning, communicating, and independence.
19. Choosing Materials That Are Engaging and That Optimize Infants and Toddlers' Growth and Development
Marcia Scheer, Early Childhood Consultant
This interactive workshop will explore what infants and toddlers find most inter- esting and engaging to play with at any given age and stage as well as why this is so. The materials will include things you can purchase and things you can make. We will also discuss how to organize and introduce materials to the children.
20. Art Sensory Experinces for Young Children: Expanding Your Repertoire!
Debbie Silver, MSEd, Director of Professional Development and Quality Enhancement Services, Child Care Resources of Rockland
Explore sensory and art experiences that you can use with the toddlers in your program. Have fun with paint, tearing, scrunching, “sticky” sand, water, and play dough. Leave with recipes and ideas.
21. Sleep Tight? Establishing Quality Sleep Environemnts for Babies and Toddlers in Child Care
Cynthia Soete, Infant/Toddler Specialist with NJ First Steps at Programs for Parents
Babies need sleep to grow. Explore the biological sleep needs of infants and toddlers and the relationship between sleep, the developing brain, and learning. Find ways to provide optimal sleep environments in childcare settings and ways to work with parents who hold alternate views on putting children to bed.