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First Fridays

  • Friday, March 2, 2018, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Friday, April 6, 2018, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Friday, May 4, 2018, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Friday, June 1, 2018, 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.


March 2 - Why Young Children Behave the Way they Do

Facilitator: Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H., Human Development Specialist

Young children grow and develop rapidly in the first five years of life. As they move through different developmental stages their needs and behavior change. It is also during these early years that children’s temperamental characteristics become apparent and tend to shape a child’s pattern of behavior. During this workshop participants will review the developmental tasks of early childhood (birth –five), gain an understanding of temperament, explore how development and temperament may influence a child’s behavior and develop realistic expectations for young children’s behavior.

Participants in this workshop will receive 3 credit hours for OCFS training category 1: Principles of early childhood development


April 6 - Why Relationships Matter Most

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

A child’s well-being and healthy development in all domains – physical, cognitive, social and emotional – relies on the support and nurturing of caring adults. When children and young people are connected to caring individuals at home and in out-of-home settings, they are more likely to thrive and achieve. In addition to examining the science behind the importance of relationships, we will discuss the 4 C’s in the relationship-building toolbox: communication, cooperation, caring and commitment.

Participants in this workshop will receive 1.5 credit hours for OCFS training category 1: Principles of early childhood development and 1.5 credit hours for OCFS training category 4: Safety and security procedures; including communicating between parents and staff.


May 4, 2018 - Supporting Children’s Healthy Development

Facilitator: Dinah Torres Castro, Bi-lingual Family Well-being Educator

New research on brain development reveals that the first years of life are critical for healthy development. How can professionals help parents foster brain development? Learn what infants and young children need for optimal intellectual, emotional and social growth. We will discuss the latest research on language development, emergent literacy and how best to help children who are English language learners. Good nutrition plays an important role in healthy development and so much of parent care giving is focused on feeding during the first years; however, many parents start off on the wrong foot in their “feeding relationships” with their children. Information will be provided on nutrition and the parent-child feeding relationship to help families cope with picky eaters and promote healthy eating habits for life.

Participants in this workshop will receive 1.5 credit hours for OCFS training category 1: Principles of early childhood development and 1.5 credit hours for OCFS training category 2: Nutrition and Health needs of children


June 1, 2018 - Child Guidance Principles that Work

Facilitator: Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA

If we want parents to be more mindful and effective disciplinarians, we need to help them learn how to use positive guidance techniques, perhaps ones they never experienced growing up in their own families. This workshop will focus on simple techniques that help to manage children’s behavior without corporal punishment or punitive yelling and that also work to promote children’s ability to self-regulate as they mature.

Participants in this workshop will receive 3 credit hours for OCFS training category 1: Principles of early childhood development



Fee

$25 for each class, $80 for all 4 classes

Contact

Jane Juran
Senior Administrative Assistant
jsj79@cornell.edu
631-727-7850 x 340

Location

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