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Event Lineup

April 6 & 7, 2018 | Hartford-Windsor Marriott Windsor, CT

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A Workshops

B Workshops

C Workshops

D Workshops

E Workshops

F Workshops

Speaker Lineup
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Lani Rosen-Gallagher

Joy Yoga

Recognizing that children need balance and focus in their lives, Lani first incorporated yoga into her daily schedule while teaching first grade in Coney Island, Brooklyn (New York) way back in 1997. In 2004, Lani founded/created Full of Joy Yoga in San Francisco.  She moved to CT in 2008 and has been teaching yoga to…

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Anne Giordano, M.A., DSP, IMH-E (IV)


Anne Giordano specializes in working with infants, toddlers & young children at EdAdvance (formerly EDUCATION CONNECTION), the regional education service center in western CT.  Over the past 24 years, Anne has served as manager of both the Part C Birth-Three and Early Head Start programs, before moving into the role of Early Childhood Consultant. In…

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Amanda Votto

Mindfulness Teacher and Physician Assistant

Amanda Votto PA-C is a mindfulness teacher trained at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center for Mindfulness. She has extensive experience with mindfulness, including  teaching the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) series, leading retreats, instructing mindful parenting courses, and founding her own blog,  Amanda’s particular areas of interest include mindful parenting and mindfulness in…

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Peg Oliveira, PhD

Executive​ ​Director​, The​ ​Gesell​ ​Institute​ ​of​ ​Child​ ​Development

Dr.​ ​Peg​ ​Oliveira is​ ​the​ ​Executive​ ​Director​ ​of​ ​The​ ​Gesell​ ​Institute​ ​of​ ​Child​ ​Development. She​ ​is​ ​a​ ​developmental​ ​psychologist​ ​with​ ​a​ ​career​ ​in​ ​advocacy​ ​and​ ​social​ ​activism, specifically​ ​on​ ​issues​ ​of​ ​affordable​ ​child​ ​care,​ ​fair​ ​pay​ ​and​ ​paid​ ​family​ ​leave. As​ ​a psychology​ ​undergraduate​ ​Dr.​ ​Oliveira​ ​worked​ ​in​ ​a​ ​Bridgeport​ ​Head​ ​Start​ ​site,​ ​an experience​…

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Rebecca Lemanski, MSW

Program Manager of Parenting Support Services

Ms. Lemanski began her career at Community Health Center, Inc. (CHCI) in 2005 as a Parent Educator for Parenting Support Services, a community-based program for parents/caregivers designed to promote higher family functioning, increase attachment between parent and child and teach positive discipline strategies. Over the last 5 years, Ms. Lemanski has also taken on administrative…

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Carolyn Franzen, PhD, LMFT

Family Therapist, Windham High School

Dr. Carolyn Franzen has worked for 10 years as a family therapist at the School-Based Health Center located at Windham High School. The SBHC serves to bridge healthcare disparities in stressed communities by providing immediate access to physical and mental health care.  Carolyn is an adjunct professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy department at…

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  • CT Parent Power
  • First Congregational Church Nursery School
  • Family Resource Center
  • The State Education Resource Center of CT
  • CT Parent Information and Resource Center
  • Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance
  • Windsor Social Services
  • Connecticut Parents as Teachers
  • Family Resource Centers of Windsor
  • CT After School Network
  • The SEEDS Network, LLC