Day Three—Thursday, June 20

8:00 – 9:00 AM  Complimentary Coffee & Bagels

9:00 – 11:15 AM  Choose ONE: Center Visit (see “Description of Centers”) OR ONE Thursday Morning workshop

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM Lunch in the Bank Street cafeteria or neighborhood restaurants

Choose ONE: Center Visit (see “Description of Centers”) OR ONE Thursday Morning workshop

21. Baby Watch

Jacqueline Range, Teacher, LYFE program, Living for the Young Family through Education

In this workshop we will watch babies in action. How do we support them in their play and development?

22. Toddler Watch

Alanna Navitski, MSEd, Instructor and Advisor, Bank Street College, Infant and Family Development Program; Kristina Satchell, MSEd, Faculty, Infant and Family Development and EI Program, Bank Street College of Education

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to watch toddlers busy at their learning work in interaction with an Early Intervention specialist and to hear descriptions in real time of the complex developmental processes that are being mastered through seemingly simple interactions.

23. Sensory and Art Experiences for Young Children

Debbie Silver, Director of Professional Development, Child Care Resources of Rockland

Explore sensory and art experiences that you can use immediately with the toddlers in your program. Have fun painting, tearing, scrunching, sticking, and playing with sensory materials. Leave with recipes and ideas.

24. Helping Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families Deal with Natural Disasters

Lesley Koplow, LCSW, Director, Emotionally Responsive Practice, Bank Street College

This workshop will help participants understand how traumatic experiences affect child development and parent development in times of crisis and how early care and early childhood professionals can respond in helpful ways.

25. How Family Childcare Meets the Needs of Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families

Suzanne Gessner Williamson, MA, Executive Director, Monday Morning, Inc.

This session will explore the benefits of family childcare for infants, toddlers, and their families and the challenges (and benefits) of working with mixed-age groups. While our focus will be on family childcare, we will also discuss issues that we share with center based programs and how early childhood community partnerships can strengthen families.

26. Sharing Sensitive Information with Families: Building Bridges, Not Walls

Susan Gellert, MSEd, Infant/Toddler Specialist; Private Consultant

Via scenarios and group discussion, we will explore our concerns as well as practical strategies for sharing sensitive information while maintaining ongoing positive relationships with families.

27. Little Bites: Food and Nutrition for Infants and Toddlers

Marilyn Figueroa, Nutrition Consultant

Feeding infants and toddlers can be very exciting and challenging. This workshop will present information on the joys and tribulations of feeding this age group.

28. Your Singing and Dancing With Children Is Very Important

Betsy Blachly, Music Specialist, Bank Street School for Children and Family Center; Adjunct Faculty, Bank Street College

New songs, old songs, made-up songs, and the community that comes with them—we will sing and dance together in order to understand the common goals and purposes of this age-old experience with children in our care. Songbooks are provided. Leave with good memories and new friends.

1:00 – 3:15 PM  Thursday Afternoon Workshops

Choose ONE workshop

29. Speech and Language Development in Infants and Toddlers

Michelle A. Veyvoda, MS, CCC-CLP, Teachers College, Columbia University

This workshop will provide a review of important speech and language development milestones and discuss signs of speech and language delay to look for in the children in your care. We will also spend considerable time discussing strategies and activities to implement with children individually or in a group in order to stimulate their language development.

30. Pamper the Caregiver

Ritamarie Giosa, MSN, RN, CPN Nursing Program Advisor, W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing, Thomas Edison State College

This interactive workshop will explore techniques you can use to rid yourself of stress, grow your personal reserves, and improve your physical, mental, and emotional well -being.

31. Healthy Infants and Toddlers – What Teachers and Parents Need to Know

Rigmor Spang, MD

This workshop provides updates on allergies, accidents, immunizations, and prevention and treatment of common—and less common— childhood ailments.

32. Biting and Hitting and Dumping, Oh My! Dealing with the Challenging Behaviors of Toddlers 

Debbie Silver, Director of Professional Development, Child Care Resources of Rockland

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.

33. Understanding the Research That Informs Our Practices: Mind in the Making

Michelle Barnea, RN, MSEd, Early Childhood Consultant

Utilizing video clips from Mind in the Making: Experiments in Children’s Learning, participants will view research studies that inform their practices in infant/ toddler education. Discussions will allow participants to apply the research results directly to the care that they provide for young children and their families.

34. How Children Tell Us about Their Concerns about Separation and How We Can Help

Marcia Scheer, Early Childhood Consultant

We will discuss why separation is one of the most compelling issues for one- to three-year-olds and how we know that they may be experiencing separation issues even when there is no physical separation taking place. Practical suggestions of what to do tohelp children with separation issues when they are dropped off and picked up, as well as throughout the day, will be explored.

35. Understanding and Supporting Bilingual Language Development in Infants and Toddlers

Carmen Colon, Faculty, Bank Street College

This workshop will explore the vital elements in first and second language acquisition of infants and toddlers. Strategies for supporting second language development will be discussed, along with the role that service providers play in helping children and their families during the second language learning process.

36. Promoting the Mental Health and Healthy Development of New York’s Infants and Toddlers

Evelyn Blanck, LCSW, Associate ExecutiveDirector, New York Center for Child Development; Copresident, New York Zero to Three Network

This workshop is a call to action: What can we do to develop a more comprehensive mental health system for young children? What changes need to be made to many of the current policies and practices of the systems that serve infants, toddlers, and families? This workshop will focus on the recommendations of the New York City Mental Health Strategic Work Group.

37. From Ants on a Log to Playdough: Cooking with Infants and Toddlers

Judith Gentry, MSEd, Coordinator, Bank Street Family Center Home and Community-Based Program; Gabrielle Gainen, MSEd, Head Teacher/ EI Special Instructor, Bank Street Family Center

This workshop will focus on how cooking with infants and toddlers promotes learning across all developmental domains. We will help you explore practical ways to cook in the classroom with infants and toddlers while addressing management and safety.