First Fridays

  • Friday, March 24, 2017, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Friday, April 7, 2017, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Friday, May 5, 2017, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

A series of ½ day professional development workshops providing research-based information and practical ideas for professionals who work with children, youth and families.

RESCHEDULED FOR March 24 - The Digital Generation

Facilitator: Tim Jahn, M.Ed, Human Ecology Specialist

The young people we care for, teach, mentor, coach and parent do not know any time or place where the Internet did not exist. It is their source for information, connection and inspiration. In this workshop, we’ll examine and discuss the negatives – cyberbullying, sexting, fraud, fake news – and the positives – self-expression, creativity, empowerment – of the Internet and ways adults can guide a safe and healthy online life.

April 7 -  Developing Children of Character in an Overindulgent World

Facilitator: Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA, Program Director

Many believe that, regardless of family income, parents today overindulge their children by overspending, over nurturing and providing too little discipline. Our obsession with our kids feeling good is simply not producing kids who feel good. Let’s discuss “How much is enough?” and how to raise less entitled children who will grow into healthy, responsible adults.

May 5 - Building Blocks to Literacy Development

Facilitators: Dinah Torres Castro, Bi-lingual Family Wellbeing Educator and Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H, Human Development Specialist

Join us as we explore the journey children take in becoming literate from infancy through age 5. We will look at emergent literacy, how to choose and use books with young children and discuss how activities like play and conversation support literacy development. Discussion of the latest research on dual language learners will be included.

Participants in this workshop will receive 3 credit hours for OCFS training category 1: Principles of Early Childhood Development.



$25 for each class, $60 for all 3 classes


Jane Juran
Senior Administrative Assistant
631-727-7850 x 340


Extension Education Center
423 Griffing Avenue, Suite 100
Riverhead, New York 11901-3071