All Day Sessions | 8:15am - 3:45pm

FLIP-IT | Focus: toddler through school-age

FLIP-IT is a four-step supportive strategy to help young children learn about their feelings, gain self-control, and reduce challenging behaviors. With this four-step strategy, providers will learn how to address children’s feelings, set positive limits, inquire about problem solving, and prompt children to use their self-regulation skills to gain control of their feelings and behaviors.
Presenter: Kim Polstein, LMSW, Director of Social and Emotional Development Services, CDCCCC
OCFS Area: 1; CBK Area: 1

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Pyramid Model for Preschool - Module 2 | Focus: Preschool

The pyramid model is a framework of evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s social and emotional competence and for preventing challenging behaviors. Module 2 focuses on teaching strategies that promote friendship skills, enhance emotional literacy, teach problem-solving, and help to control anger and impulse.
Presenter: Wendy Bender, LCSW-R, IMH-E (III)
OCFS Area: 1, 3; CBK Area: 1, 4

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Morning Sessions | 8:15 - 10:15am

Creating Trauma Resilient Early Childhood Environments | Focus: children of all ages

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) often play a major role in how families move through their day. Divorce, violence, abuse, and other factors impact families in ways that disrupt connectivity, relationship, and potentially, typical development. Early childhood providers can take an active stance in creating environments tailored to foster resilience in children and parents, mitigate trauma, and help enhance their own work experience. This workshop will support teachers to develop strategies for their practice and teaching environment to ease the impact of ACEs.
Presenter: Tim Hathaway, Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse NY
OCFS Area: 1; CBK Area: 1, 4

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Books, Baby Babbles, and You | Focus: infant and toddler

Babies are born ready to learn and respond to right from birth. Babies tall and small are constantly communicating with us through a variety of means. Our job is to translate this communication into spoken language as they grow. We must help each child develop a playful and passionate love of language and books. Many books will be on hand to read and review.
Presenters: Kathleen Harland, Infant Toddler Specialist, CDCCCC and Ann Fraser, Infant Toddler Specialist, CCCCNC
OCFS Area: 1, 3; CBK Area: 4

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Bringing Literacy and Social Emotional Development Together | Focus: toddler and preschool

Literacy centers in a classroom help ensure that children have access to an assortment of books and literacy tools to practice reading, writing, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. This workshop will provide you with a variety of literacy center ideas that you can implement in your classroom along with some make-and-take items to use.
Presenter: Katie Pincher and Nancy Hampton, Early Childhood Specialists, Capital District and North Country Early Childhood Direction Center
OCFS Area: 1, 3; CBK Area: 1, 4

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Autism: A Comprehensive Overview | Focus: preschool and school-age

Come to this presentation to take a deeper look at autism and the many forms it takes. We will discuss the signs and behaviors of children with autism may display, as well as ways to recognize early signs. Additionally, you will learn strategies for supporting children with autism in child care settings.
Presenter: Maria Mancini, Career Development and Occupational Studies Coordinator for Fonda Fultonville Central School.
OCFS Area: 1, CBK Area: 1

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The Triple Threat | Focus: child care center directors

There are three major threats to a center’s profitability. We will discuss these threats and how a center can survive these challenges. We will explore ways to maximize efficiencies and drive top line revenue and bottom line income.
Presenter: John Max Miller, CEO, Child Care Center Software Inc
OCFS Area: 5; CBK Area: 6, 7

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Bridging the Relationships that work for Teachers, Parents, and Children | Focus: children of all ages

Ask any teacher or administrator what the most challenging part of their day is and most likely you will hear, “the work I do with parents and families.” Research clearly shows that children learn best and thrive in schools when a strong relationship exists between the parent and the teacher. This workshop will focus on a variety of strategies you can use to bridge the gap between home and school.
Presenter: Antoinette M. Howard, Department Chair, and Asst. Professor, Early Childhood Program, HVCC
OCFS Area: 1, 3; CBK Area: 2, 6, 7

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No, Gracias | Enfocado: a proveedores de un hogar de cuidado en familia o en grupo de familia de habla hispana

Refuerzo positivo del comportamiento. En este taller conocerás algunos de los pasos en falso verbales más comunes que los proveedores hacen, y las alternativas más positivas. Aprende qué frases evitar de tu vocabulario y como hablarle a los niños para que realmenta escuchen.
Presenter: Raquel Saddlemire, Bilingual Early Childhood Specialist, CDCCCC
OCFS Area: 1, 3, 4; CBK Area: 1, 4

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Mid-Morning Sessions | 10:30am-12:30pm

Caring for Children with Diabetes | Focus: infant and toddler

Learn how to care for children with diabetes in a competent, confident, and compassionate way. You will compare the similarities and differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and learn to confidently test blood sugar and administer injectable medications, with hands-on opportunities to practice, and develop a care plan that keeps everyone safe.
Presenter: Rebecca Ellwood, Physician Assistant and Certified Diabetes Educator, Albany Medical Center
OCFS Area: 2; CBK Area: 5

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Environmental Design and How it Compliments Curriculum | Focus: children of all ages

The design of the environment for infants and toddlers is crucial to their care and handling while in group settings. In this session we will learn, review, and dialogue about the fundamental components to designing developmentally appropriate and successful environments for the youngest of our citizens.
Presenter: Beverly A. Kovach, Trainer and Consultant, Author of Being with Babies
OCFS Area: 1, 3; CBK Area: 1, 4

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More than Mother Goose: Rhyming in PreKindergarten Classrooms | Focus: school-age

Learning rhymes through stories, games, and singing provides prekindergarten children opportunities to enhance phonemic awareness skills. In this hands-on session, we will explore classroom activities that you can to enhance rhyming opportunities.
Presenter: Tina Rose Turriglio, Project Coordinator, NYS Office of Early Learning
OCFS Area: 3; CBK Area: 1, 4

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Building STEM Skills and Self Esteem | Focus: school-age

Engage children’s bodies and minds while building their self-confidence. Together, we will sample everyday science, technology, engineering, and math activities from a variety of sources which will bring these topics to life. Discover ways to build on the learning children are doing in school with fun, active games that are low-cost and hands-on.
Presenter: Bonnie Schultz, Science Teacher and Registered Dietitian, CDCCCC
OCFS Area: 1, 3; CBK Area: 1, 4

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Discipline and Character Development through Positive Reinforcement | Focus: school-age<strong

Positive reinforcement is a powerful tool to develop character and help students become productive, contributing members of your program. This presentation will focus on positive reinforcement in student discipline. We will explore ways to use positive reinforcement to improve student behaviors, discipline, and character.
Presenter: Robert Rice, Master, Guilderland Martial Arts
OCFS Area: 1; CBK Area: 1

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Aspire Registry for Leaders: Tools and Resources for Directors | Focus: center directors

This session, specifically designed for directors of early childhood programs, will focus on the tools and resources available through the Aspire Registry. Join us to learn about the Aspire Statewide Training Calendar and how to use the features of your organizational account. This will be a fantastic learning opportunity for anyone who provides trainings to their employees. You will also learn how to use Aspire’s robust reporting system to track staff professional development and training.
Presenter: Amy Ludwig, Outreach and Communications Coordinator, New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
OCFS Area: 5; CBK Area: 6, 7

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Reglamentos para un Hogar de Cuidado Diurno en Familia o de un Grupo de Familia | Enfocado: a proveedores de un hogar de cuidado en familia o en grupo de familia de habla hispana

Acompáñenos a echarle un vistazo a los Reglamentos para un hogar de cuidado diurno. Profundizaremos en aquellos que se citan con mayor frecuencia y aprenderemos formas para prevenir que estas violaciones les sucedan a ustedes.
Presenter: Erika Lenz, Bilingual Registrar, CDCCCC
OCFS Area: 7; CBK Area: 7

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Afternoon Sessions | 1:45 - 3:45pm

Respectful, Responsive, and Reciprocal Care | Focus: infant, toddler, and preschool

Providing respectful and responsive care depends upon having an infant-toddler curriculum that supports the needs of the whole child. Learn how the 3 ‘R’s allow the infant and toddler to participate and cooperate while the adult responds and incorporates valuable cues from the young child.
Presenter: Beverly A. Kovach, Trainer and Consultant, Author of Being with Babies
OCFS Area: 1; CBK Area: 4

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Planning to Meet Children’s Needs and Interests | Focus: infant and toddler

This session focuses on the intentional teaching practices that integrate children’s interests and needs into the curriculum. As an early childhood educator, we plan intentional curriculum experiences using our knowledge of early childhood development and best practices. This interactive, hands-on session will focus on how to integrate the needs and interest of children when we plan experiences.
Presenter: Tina Rose Turriglio, Project Coordinator, NYS Office of Early Learning
OCFS Area: 3; CBK Area: 4

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‘I Grieve’ Tool: Understanding Early Childhood Grief and How Educators Can Help | Focus: infant, toddler, and preschool

In a death-denying society, it is common for well-meaning family members and helpful professionals to protect children from news of a death. This presentation will walk you through how children understand and react to both traumatic and anticipated deaths. Through discussion, reflection, and presentation of practical tools, you will be prepared to serve as a supportive resource for grieving children and their families.
Presenter: Caroline Lynch, MA, CT, Family Services Coordinator, Center for Donation and Transplant
OCFS Area: 1; CBK Area: 1, 2, 5

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No Cook, No Bake, No Fuss: Easy School-Age Cooking Ideas | Focus: school-age

Learn and practice simple recipes you can start doing with school-age children this week. We will cook and sample recipes which follow the nutritional guidelines for school-age before and after-care programs.
Presenter: Heather Sweet, Director of Education Services, CDCCCC
OCFS Area: 2; CBK: 5

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Move More with Less: Physical Activities for the Challenging School-age Environment | Focus: school-age

In this interactive session, you will learn new physical activities for school-age children requiring very little space, time, or equipment. You will leave this session with budget friendly ideas for games that can be played quickly, in small spaces, and with varying group sizes. Bring your comfy shoes and be ready to have fun.
Presenter: Jamie DeNoyer, Registrar, CDCCCC
OCFS Area: 1; CBK Area: 4

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Getting Ready for QUALITYstarsNY | Focus: Center directors and family/group family child care providers

Interested in joining QUALITYstarsNY? Find out how to get ready so that you can stay ahead of the curve and prepare your program now. Learn how excellence in early childhood settings and become familiar with the four categories of quality as defined by QUALITYstarsNY. By participating in QUALITYstarsNY, your regulated program gains access to a wide range of resources, supports, and services to assist you in systematically and intentionally improving the quality of your services.
Presenters: Joann Toth and Sarah Gould Houde, Quality Improvement Specialists, QUALITYstarsNY
OCFS Area: 3; CBK Area: 6, 7

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Desarrollando y Menejando tu Negocio de Cuidado Infantil en Familia | Enfocado: a proveedores de un hogar de cuidado en familia o en grupo de familia de habla hispana

Es muy importante manejar tu negocio con éxito. Mantener al día todos los registros que necesitarás a la hora de preparar tus impuestos. Discutiremos tópicos acerca de seguros de responsabilidad, cómo obtener el DBA, el número de identificación de empleador (EIN), contratos, políticas, impuestos, registros de gastos, y mercadeo.
Presenter: Andrea Adrian, Family Child Care Provider
OCFS Area: 5; CBK Area: 7

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