All Day Sessions | 8:00am - 4:00pm

Deca Birth through Five

Join this full-day session and learn to use this simple, strength-based assessment and planning system designed to promote resilience in children as young as 4 weeks, and up to 5 years old. The 5-step approach provides a framework to help you understand and assess a child’s needs, analyze the results, develop an action plan, and evaluate the child’s progress. Because we can’t give children what we don’t have, this session also includes time to focus on building your own resiliency and strategies for involving families in the process.
Tammy Goddard, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Center for Resilient Children
OCFS area: 1, 3 | CBK area: 1, 2, 4

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Modelo de la Pirámide social-emocional 

Este modelo se fundamenta en el contexto de relaciones positivas de apoyo entre maestros y niños, así como entre las familias y otros profesionales (Módulo 1). Tales relaciones son esenciales para la implementación de prácticas efectivas para apoyar el desarrollo social-emocional infantil. El estrato siguiente del modelo demuestra la importancia de diseñar ambientes que fomenten el éxito de los niños al hacerlos participar en actividades significativas, enseñarles las expectativas del ambiente e implementar un horario predecible que haga participar a cada niño (Módulo 1). Las prácticas preventivas para las clases incluyen el diseño de ambientes físicos que apoyen el desarrollo y el uso de comportamientos apropiados y habilidades sociales, la oferta de materiales apropiados al desarrollo que fomenten la participación de los niños, la instrucción acerca de las reglas y expectativas y el uso de atención positiva para animar al comportamiento pro-social. Los dos estratos de prácticas presentados en el Módulo 1 aseguran que la mayoría de los niños aprenderán el comportamiento social apropiado y tendrán un desarrollo emocional floreciente.
Raquel Saddlemire, Bilingual Early Childhood Educator | OCFS área: 1, 3 | CBK área: 1, 4

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Morning Sessions | 8:15 - 10:15am

INFANT

Ages and Stages Questionnaires, 3rd edition (ASQ-3)
A child’s successful social, cognitive, communicative, adaptive, and physical development are key milestones that aid in reaching their full potential. Gaining a deeper understanding of these 5 developmental domains empowers you to help a typically developing child progress or raise the red flag when there are issues. Armed with knowledge of children’s development and the simple, family-friendly screening tool called the Ages and Stages Questionnaires, 3rd Edition (ASQ-3), you’ll feel empowered to identify skills children may need to work on and effectively communicate your observations to their families.
Kathleen Harland, Infant Toddler Regional Specialist | OCFS: 1, 3 | CBK: 1, 4

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TODDLER

Nurturing Toddler Independence
Toddler behavior can be unpredictable as they strive for self-control, independence, and adventure. Active exploration is the best way for toddlers to gain body and spatial awareness. Creating an environment that fosters toddler autonomy can aid in safe, smooth classroom management, allowing children the freedom they need to learn and explore while alleviating challenging behavior. Join this hands-on session to learn simple, practical strategies for creating an optimal toddler environment.
Sarah Gould-Houde, Quality Improvement Specialist | OCFS 1, 3|CBK 1, 4

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HEALTH

Protecting Children from Illness and Poisoning
Keeping up with immunizations is one of the best ways to protect a child from disease. In the early childhood profession, it’s important to stay abreast of the variety and availability of current immunizations and understand the immunization schedules. The first hour of this session will focus on immunization information, including the origins of vaccines and how to talk with vaccine-hesitant families. In the second hour, we will shift focus to the risks associated with lead poisoning and how to protect children.
Mary Brummagyn, Supervising Public Health Nurse
Michele Schottenham, RN, Community Health Nurse, Lead Program Coordinator
OCFS area: 2, 4 | CBK area: 2, 5

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SCHOOL-AGE

Understanding Trauma in School-age and Applying Trauma-Informed Principles
There is growing recognition that the presence of toxic stress has the ability to alter the neurobiology of the developing brain, thus impacting the ability to learn and sustain stable and appropriate relationships. Education systems are central aspects of community, providing a unique opportunity to help build and improve skills in resiliency, thus mitigating the potential negative impacts of trauma. Join this session to gain foundational knowledge of trauma, informed by recent movements and innovative research. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate, explore, and apply knowledge, principles and strategies of these movements in order to effectively address risk factors, promote strengths and nurture resilience.
Carly Sunderlin, LMSW, Adolescent Therapist and Prevention Educator
OCFS area: 1 | CBK area: 1, 2

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PRESCHOOL

Stress Management
Can an indoor snowball fight help relieve stress? Stress management is about taking charge, no matter how stressful life gets, there are steps you can take to relieve the stress and stay in control. Join this session to identify and understand triggers of stress and learn about how to control and let go. We will explore how to manage stress inside and outside of the classroom and develop strategies to manage tension. The simple act of laughing can be enough to lower your stress level, enjoy a fun filled “snowball fight” and dance the stress away!
Jennifer Culver, LSC, Social Emotional Development Educator 
OCFS area: 1, 2 | CBK area: 4, 7

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The Brain Architecture Game
The Brain Architecture Game is an effective and engaging way to introduce the science of early brain development and the effect of toxic stress. The Brain Architecture Game is a tabletop game highlighting the powerful role early experiences play on brain development: what promotes it, what derails it, and the consequences for society. If you would like to embark on a journey and join a conversation about adverse childhood experiences, toxic stress, and other early childhood issues please join us; this game is a valuable resource for creating a common understanding and language on these topics.
Ellen Burns, Early Childhood Specialist, Nancy Hampton, Early Childhood Specialist, and Katie Pincher, Early Childhood Specialist, Early Childhood Direction Center Capital District/North Country | OCFS area: 1 | CBK area: 1, 2

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DIRECTOR

Social Media Marketing for Child Care Industry
Simply put, social media marketing is part of doing business in the new millennium. This session will teach center owners/directors how to effectively market their programs using social media and other technology solutions. We will discuss best practices for Facebook, LinkedIn, Yelp, Google Adwords, and Facebook ads. Millennial parents are the most connected and technology savvy population and spend over 17 hours per week on social media. This session will jumpstart your efforts to formulate and implement a social media marketing strategy.
Abhas Jain, Adjunct Faculty, Johnson and Wales University and Kelly Mittal, Founder, My Kidz Day | OCFS area: 5 | CBK area: 6, 7

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

INFANT

The Mathematician in the Crib
Gain background knowledge pertaining to young children’s understanding of numbers, the underlying skills needed, and the ways in which the early care environment provides opportunities for young children to learn about numbers. Join this session to increase your knowledge of the ways in which the environment provides opportunities for young children to more fully develop their sense of numbers.
Carol A. S. Morris, PhD, Assistant Professor, SUNY Cobleskill | OCFS area: 1 | CBK area: 1

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TODDLER

Why and Other Questions We Ask Toddlers
While all interactions with children have great value, daily conversations are opportunities for children to learn and to think about the world around them. The answers we give and the questions we ask are fundamental to their understanding. Together we look at the six levels of questioning (remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate and create) to guide us when we scaffold children’s thinking and teach new information. Join us to explore children's hands-on materials, review videos, and converse with peers. Together we will practice asking high-level questions to invite curiosity.
Ann Fraser, Training Coordinator & Infant-Toddler Technical Assistance Coordinator
OCFS area: 1, 2, 3 | CBK area: 1, 4

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HEALTH

How to be a Smile Maker
Together we will explore the principles of oral health and infection, including the decay process, the periodontal process, benefits of fluoride, how to teach brushing and flossing, as well as nutritional choices to promote optimal oral health.
Roseanne Henley, RDH and Emily Testo, RDH | OCFS area: 2 | CBK area: 2, 5

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SCHOOL-AGE

STEM in After School
Using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in after school programming is a way to continue children’s curiosity and learning. This hands-on session will help make concepts fun and engaging as well as continue their learning process. It is a great opportunity for children to master skills without the pressure of a grade attached. Tangible STEM skills become valuable contributions to society and the STEM industry.
Lauren Shafer, Program Director Albany Boys and Girls Club, Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science & Technology | OCFS area: 1,3 | CBK area: 4

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PRESCHOOL

Helping Children with Trauma
Nationwide, 25% of children experience a traumatic event by age 4. Pre-K expulsion rates are 3X the national rate for K-12. This workshop will explain in-depth how trauma affects early childhood growth and development. We will also explore how trauma impacts a child’s ability to form attachments, regulate emotion and build age-appropriate competencies. Learn strategies you can implement that are least likely to harm or re-traumatize children.
Caroline Doty, Educational Consultant/Owner CTDNY | OCFS area: 1 | CBK area: 1

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Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) and Playful Learners
Learn how to use play as a DAP strategy in a pre-kindergarten classroom. The role of the teacher as a play facilitator will be discussed as well as how to use learning centers for intentional teaching. Participants will receive a copy of Building a Foundation for School Success Planning for High Quality Prekindergarten Programs.
Tina Rose-Turriglio, MSEd. and Sarah Gould-Houde, Quality Improvement Specialist
OCFS area: 3 | CBK area: 4

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DIRECTOR

Sexual Harassment: Navigating an Evolving Legal Landscape
The Me Too movement has shifted the spotlight onto employers’ practices in handling sexual harassment in the workplace. This session will provide information regarding New York’s recent sexual harassment legislation, developing a sexual harassment policy that fulfills legal requirements, best practices for conducting effective investigations and proactive approaches to opposing sexual harassment before and after it occurs.
Megan M. Collelo, Associate Attorney, Bond, Schoeneck, and King
OCFS area: 5 | CBK area: 7

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Afternoon Sessions | 1:45 - 3:45pm

INFANT

Pretend Play for Infants
Infants and toddlers are constantly imitating favorite people in their lives. This is an important part of their learning experience. As infants imitate, they are interpreting the world around them and learning new words and actions. Together we will explore dramatic play for babies, the theory and the practices that build development and create projects that will enhance play areas for infants and toddlers.
Ann Fraser, Training Coordinator & Infant-Toddler Technical Assistance Coordinator
OCFS area: 1, 2, 3 | CBK area: 1, 4

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TODDLER

Science with Toddlers
Science is often overlooked for toddlers, however, there are many fun, safe, and exciting ways to present the concepts of science to little children. In this session, we will learn to spot the natural inclination for scientific exploration in children’s play and strategies to encourage it. We’ll discuss the scientific method, consider materials such as sensory balls and develop a scientific language to use with toddlers as we explore.
Kathleen Harland, Infant Toddler Regional Specialist | OCFS area: 1, 3 | CBK area: 1, 4

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HEALTH

Eco-Healthy Child Care to the Rescue
We all strive to do what we believe is best for children, but what should we do if we learn that some of our best intentions may be harmful? This session will provide an overview of some common practices gone awry and offer free or low-cost steps that can be taken to protect children from environmental hazards such as art supplies, plastic products, toys, cleaning products, and more.
Sue Kowaleski, Coordinator Southern Adirondack Child Care Network
OCFS 2, 4 | CBK 2, 4, 5

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SCHOOL-AGE

Yoga for School Age Children
Yoga and mindfulness have been shown to improve both physical and mental health in school-age children. Attend this workshop to learn more about how yoga can improve memory, self-esteem, academic performance, classroom behavior, and reduce stress and anxiety in children. Yoga is an accessible and tangible tool that can build confidence, strength and mind-body awareness for both children and their teachers. Movement breaks and demonstrations will be included in this workshop so wear clothes you can move in.
Hannah Wise, RD, Certified Yoga Teacher | OCFS area: 2, 3 | CBK area: 4, 5

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PRESCHOOL

Understanding and Effectively Approaching Behavior in Preschoolers
Gain a deeper knowledge of how to examine a child’s behavior in order to understand some of the root causes of challenging behavior. Learn unique strategies for the prevention of challenging behavior as well as proven techniques for confronting challenging behavior in preschoolers.
Caroline Doty, Educational Consultant/Owner CTDNY | OCFS area: 1 | CBK area: 1, 3

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Making STEAM Part of the Day
This session will define STEAM and the way in which pre-kindergarten children learn the concepts and practices of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics through an integrated approach. Participants will participate in activities and experiences that are developmentally appropriate and can be used in their program to support STEAM opportunities.
Tina Rose-Turriglio, MSEd.| OCFS area: 3 | CBK area: 4

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DIRECTOR

Core Body of Knowledge: Strong Leaders, Competent Teachers
This session is designed to help supervisors build better programs by integrating the Core Body of Knowledge (CBK) competencies into everyday practice. The CBK provides a strong framework for supervisors to support the professional development and growth of early childhood educators. The Core Body of Knowledge competencies are presented as practical guidelines that can apply to early childhood teachers at all levels.
Abbe Kovacik, MSEd., Executive Director, CDCCCC | OCFS area: 3, 5 | CBK area: 6

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