Full-day Infant Toddler Workshop - April 2019

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SUNY Cobleskill, Warner Hall, Building 5

192 Albany Avenue

Cobleskill, NY 12043

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Focus on infant development at this free, full-day training!

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Join us on Saturday, April 27, 9a - 3p at SUNY Cobleskill, Warner Hall, 192 Albany Avenue, Cobleskill for a day of workshops designed to help us explore practices that will build emotional awareness and key literacy skills in our children and ourselves. We will dive into how responsive relationships and rich language help all aspects of development. Earn 5 training hours (.5 CEU)

In addition to the five training hours, participants can receive an additional hour of training by attending the optional Lunch and Learn Session. Bring your lunch to this session. We will discuss the importance and benefits of quality conversations shared by adults and children during mealtimes.

Lunch will not be provided. There are local options for eating if you are not staying for the Lunch and Learn training hour.


Check-in | 8:45a

Session 1 | 9a - 10:30a

Session 2 | 10:30a - 12p

Lunch/ Optional Lunch and Learn Session | 12p - 1p

Session 3 | 1p - 3p

Cost: FREE

Language and Literacy

Language and literacy skills develop in infants and toddlers through positive experiences and loving relationships. Meaningful back and forth exchanges, conversations during diaper changes, finger plays, lap reads, and large action story “re-tells” are just some of the language and literacy skill building experiences we’ll explore in this session. We will also read and discuss the best types of books and techniques for making language connections.

Trainer: Kathleen Harland

OCFS: 1, 3, 5 CBK: 1 ELG: D5

Training hours 1.5, CEU: 0.15

Writing Empathy Books with Toddlers

Everyday events can cause children to be flooded with big feelings that can turn your well-ordered day upside-down. Before you say, “It’s alright-You’ll be fine!”, pause, and think about what you just taught that child about the importance of their big emotions. Parents and caregivers are perfectly positioned to help children learn and build vocabulary about their feelings. Writing empathy books is a technique to help build emotional literacy, connect with children’s lives, and help them to construct a coherent narrative of these daily life experiences. These books can be useful to defuse frustration over transitions, sharing, resolving conflicts and other interactions.

Trainer: Ann Fraser

OCFS: 1, 2 CBK: 1, 4 ELG: D5

Training hours 1.5, CEU: 0.15

Building Your Bounce: Taking Care of You

In this training we will discuss the stressors in life and how they affect our effectiveness in working with children and families. We’ll learn strategies to beat burnout by examining what it means to be resilient. Through small group activities and reflective practices we will identify and learn to build a support system and learn techniques to help feel refreshed and in control.

Trainer: Kimberly Polstein

OCFS: 1, 3 CBK: 1, 6

Training hours 2, CEU: 0.2

Lunch and Learn (optional) - Mealtime Conversations with Toddlers

Although sitting at the table with toddlers while they eat is an important safety precaution—the value extends far beyond that! The social interactions modeled, guided and enjoyed are so important in our toddlers’ growth. This time together is an opportunity to share relaxed conversation, build relationships and to support children’s ideas. On the training day, as we enjoy our lunch together, we will talk about routines and procedures that help free up caregivers to be able to sit with their children at mealtimes. We’ll also play around with some of the many conversation starters that caregivers and children delight in during this special time of day. If you plan to join us for this training hour, please bring your own lunch.

Trainers: Kathleen Harland, Ann Fraser, Kimberly Polstein

OCFS: 2 CBK: 5 ELG: D5

Training hour 1, CEU: 0.1

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192 Albany Avenue

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