C Workshops

FRIDAY AFTERNOON

Please remember to list a 1st and 2nd choice for each workshop block when registering, as workshop spaces are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.


1Supporting Young Children Who Have Experienced – Trauma Young children are disproportionately more likely to be victims of abuse and neglect than their older counterparts, with 26.8%of victims under three and 19.9% are 3-5 years old. Approximately 26% of children in the U.S. witness or experience a trauma by the age of four. This presentation will provide information on the signs and symptoms of trauma in young children, including how to conduct trauma screening, and how trauma is influenced by stage of development. Recommendations and concrete strategies for educators to address the needs of children who have experienced trauma will be provided. Further, information and resources about how to access trauma-focused interventions will be provided. This presentation will highlight the elements of trauma treatments for young children and provide information on their availability. Small group activities will provide opportunities for participants to identify trauma reminders and reactions in vignettes and identify strategies to promote felt safety and security.

Target Audience: Parents, Parent Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, Mental Health Providers, After School Professionals, Early Intervention Provider, Preschool Special Education Provider

Presenter: Kellie G. Randall, Ph.D. and Jason M. Lang, Ph.D., Child Health and Development Institute


2.  Connecting Literacy and Social-Emotional Development to Increase Kindergarten Readiness – This presentation will look at the deep connection between social-emotional development and literacy. Participants will explore the critical component of parent participation and will highlight how the Words Count program uses a research-based technology that counts interactive talk between parents and children, to improve families’ literacy and social emotional development.

Target Audience: Parents, Parent Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, Mental Health Providers, After School Professionals, Early Intervention Provider, Preschool Special Education Provider

Presenter: Nicole Castro and Minnie Garcia, The Village


3.  The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children – This presentation will discuss and explore the effects of trauma from Domestic Violence on children. This will include exposure to pregnant women to adolescents. Attendees will learn about resiliency and strength-based recommendations.

Target Audience: Parents, Parent Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, Mental Health Providers, After School Professionals, Early Intervention Provider, Preschool Special Education Provider

Presenter: Kelly Annelli, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence
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4. Parent and Child Attunement Through Mindful Connections – This presentation highlights the topic of mindfulness and how it is practiced in parenting. Through practice and discussion, we will explore how caretakers can show up for their children with presence, compassionate boundaries, and connection. We will discover how to skillfully handle emotional outbursts, how to meet the need behind the child’s behavior and how to contain our own reactions when triggered by our children. This talk will include a few mindfulness exercises, specific parenting examples, group discussion and practices that can be implemented now to begin your mindfulness journey. We will also provide some mindfulness techniques to practice with children.

Target Audience: Parents, Parent Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, Mental Health Providers, After School Professionals, Early Intervention Provider, Preschool Special Education Provider

Presenter: Amanda Votto and Elizabeth Williams, The Divine Within, LLC


5. Jesse Lewis Choose Love Enrichment Program – The Choose Love Formula teaches the foundational concepts and skills of social and emotional learning (SEL), and is informed by current brain research and neuroscience. The goal of the Choose Love Enrichment Program TM is to provide children with the tools and skills to manage emotions, to be confident and resilient in the face of adversity, to make positive and pro-social choices, and to have healthy relationships and deep, meaningful connections. This workshop will focus on how to begin to teach these skills to very young children.

Target Audience: Parents, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, After School Professionals

Presenter: Lisa Swain, Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation


6.  Trauma-Informed Practice Within Home-Visiting: The Power of a Relationship-Based Approach – This presentation will explore elements of assessment and intervention with home visiting for very at-risk populations. Relationship-based practices that identifies and explorestrauma and its impact on caregivers and their young children will be discussed. We will also look at reflective care coordination that supports relationship-based while helping families improve their child’s language skills and helping them get the most out of everyday routines.

Target Audience: Parent Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Early Intervention Provider, Preschool Special Education Provider

Presenter: Dr. Salam Soliman and Rebecca Parilla, Child First, Inc.
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7. Diverse Learning in Early Childhood Classrooms – This workshop will focus on supporting participants to learn about meeting the diverse learning needs of children with disabilities participating in early childhood classrooms. Through discussion and hands on activities participants will learn about supportive whole class strategies that can be put in place for all children and about strategies that can increase children with disabilities access and participation in learning experiences so that all children are included. Participants will also learn about and practice how to embed these strategies into lesson planning.

Target Audience: Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, Preschool Special Education Provider

Presenter: Anne Marie Davidson and Sheri Lambert, EASTCONN


For a full list of our presenters and their bios, visit the Presenters page.