E Workshops

SATURDAY 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.


1.  How About You? Self-Care For The Caretaker – As out-of-school time practitioners and the caretakers for youth – parents, teachers, childcare professionals, etc. – we have devoted our personal and professional selves to the caring for, education of, development and success of, ALL children. However, no one let us in on the secret of how rewarding, yet difficult, of an endeavor it would be! When and how do we find the time to care for ourselves and to replenish our own energies to continue the necessary work we do? Take some “ME” time and join us in this workshop to learn techniques for self-care and self-preservation in your daily life.

Target Audience: Parents, Parent Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, Mental Health Providers, After School Professionals

Presenter: Ebony Grace, NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities


2.  Understanding, Preventing and Dealing with Challenging Behaviors – Helping children develop relationships and self-regulation skills starts with you knowing your children, having realistic expectations, and creating positive learning and growing environments at school and home. Specific strategies that work well with each age correlate with developmental growth, as well as consideration for temperament, specific behaviors and personality. When challenging behaviors occur, your understanding of growth patterns and the developmental stage of the child enables you to redirect, refocus, or minimally de-escalate situations. Having this knowledge enables all those who care for young children to be proactive, and plan effectively for the best learning environment.

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

Presenter: Helena Ellis-Sweet, Gesell Institute of Child Development


3. An Overview of Positive Solutions for Families – This session will provide an overview of the evidence-based, user-friendly parent training series developed by The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL). The facilitators will engage participants in activities from each of the six sessions. The Positive Solutions for Families training helps professionals working with parents promote positive and effective parenting behaviors, which in turn promote children’s social and emotional development and address the challenging behavior and mental health needs of children in child care and Head Start programs.  The Positive Solutions for Families training materials provide information for families on how to promote children’s social and emotional skills, understand their problem behavior, and use positive approaches to help children learn appropriate behavior. The trainings are designed to give parents general information on key strategies that may be used with all children. Sessions are not designed to offer parents specific advice for their child’s individual issues.

Target Audience: Parents, Parent Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers

Presenter: Andrea Urbano & Missy Repko UMASS Donahue Institute Region I Head Start TTA Network


4.  Boost Yourself – Are You Stuck in a RUT? Wake up, shower, dress, go to work all day, watch TV, repeat? You are in a rut without realizing it. As humans, we are creatures of habit; we crave the stability of a routine. But if your routine is not allowing you to grow and improve and increase your happiness, when will you start living the life you so crave? This workshop will encourage you to stop participating in the same patterns that prevent you from living a healthy, productive and influential life. Boost your self- care!

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: Tiana Brown, Norwalk Housing Authority


5.  Jugando con las EmocionesThis workshop will be presented in Spanish.  Los niños son más capaces de trabajar a través de las emociones cuando pueden nombrarlas. Cuando ellos aprenden a identificar los sentimientos, esta habilidad, fortalece su capacidad de estar atentos a las emociones de otras personas, ser más serviciales y pueden desarrollar relaciones sanas. Los participantes del taller crearán seis caras con piezas de fieltro que mostrarán diferentes emociones. Las caras podrían ser utilizadas para involucrar a los niños pequeños en actividades que generarán conversaciones sobre las emociones y desarrollar vocabulario sobre estas.

Target Audience: Parents, Parent Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers

Presenter: Maria Sierra, Family and Childcare Matters and Yessy Frias, Little Builder’s Child Care Home


6.  Montessori and Early Childhood Education – What Can We Learn Together – Early childhood education is child-centered. In Montessori, the classroom environment is one way the focus is on the child. This session brings early childhood educators together – Montessori and non-Montessori – to show ways we can work with children each day to improve their learning and our job satisfaction. Come learn about ways to support academic learning, social emotional growth and be ready to work directly with families. You will see how to use public information to support families and communities by knowing specifics about the social resources and inequities. You will also engage in a global community learning activity to further our own cultural competency and commit to culturally relevant practices. Finally, you will leave with a menu of options for daily interactions to be used with families in Montessori and all early childhood environments.

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

Presenter: Dr. Paige M. Bray, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and Director of Montessori Studies with regional Montessori, Courtney Rein, and Rachel Elkey


7.  Early Childhood Issues in 2019 – Are you curious as to what the big early childhood issues are in the 2019 CT Legislative Session? This workshop will discuss where things currently stand, what has a chance at passing into law, and how you can make a difference in advocating on issues that are important to you.

Target Audience: Parents, Parent Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers

Presenter: Merrill Gay, Early Childhood Alliance


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