Family Dance Party: Dancing to Mindfulness in the time of COVID

During this stressful time of quarantine, what tools can we, as practitioners, give parents to help their children express the array of diverse feelings they have and still find a place of calm and regulation? How do you hold a child’s attention through video conferencing? Mindfulness activities are helpful, but how do you get children to slow down, breath and focus when they have been confined indoors and are quite literally “bouncing off the walls”?

Please join us for this lunchbreak workshop where Dr. Suzi Tortora will share specific clinical tips and activities for children ages birth to five, using movement, dance and story to help practitioners and parents engage with their children, release stress, enhance self-expression and be able to implement mindful practices that support both caregivers and their children.

This workshop is being provided to our community at no cost by New York Zero-to-Three Network and Dr. Suzi Tortora, recognizing the challenges we are all facing during this time and the importance of coming together as a community.

CE hours are also being offered for an $18 fee through Dancing Dialogues. Participants must first register with New York Zero-to-Three Network here and then register directly with Dancing Dialogues to receive CE credits.


Family Dance Party: Dancing to Mindfulness in the time of COVID

During this stressful time of quarantine, what tools can we, as practitioners, give parents to help their children express the array of diverse feelings they have and still find a place of calm and regulation? How do you hold a child’s attention through video conferencing? Mindfulness activities are helpful, but how do you get children to slow down, breath and focus when they have been confined indoors and are quite literally “bouncing off the walls”?

Please join us for this lunchbreak workshop where Dr. Suzi Tortora will share specific clinical tips and activities for children ages birth to five, using movement, dance and story to help practitioners and parents engage with their children, release stress, enhance self-expression and be able to implement mindful practices that support both caregivers and their children.

This workshop is being provided to our community at no cost by New York Zero-to-Three Network and Dr. Suzi Tortora, recognizing the challenges we are all facing during this time and the importance of coming together as a community.

CE hours are also being offered for an $18 fee through Dancing Dialogues. Participants must first register with New York Zero-to-Three Network here and then register directly with Dancing Dialogues to receive CE credits.

Building Meaningful Connections: Transitioning to Online Work with Families

Please join us for this lunchbreak workshop, designed to strengthen and support practitioners’ abilities to connect with children and families in this new, virtual world.

Kelsey Smith and Adeline Medeiros, from Power of Two, will share the steps their organization took to make the transition to online work. They will discuss how they are helping their home visitors make meaningful connections with families over the phone and on video — during COVID-19 and beyond.

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This workshop is being provided to our community at no cost by New York Zero-to-Three Network and Power of Two, recognizing the challenges we are all facing during this time and the importance of coming together as a community.

Self Compassion: Who knew it was an option?

Self Compassion is a tool that professionals can use to help caregivers, parents, and children to be more emotionally resilient – during the COVID-19 pandemic and always. Self Compassion is not automatic, it is a skill we can learn to understand and calm our inner critic. It is unlimited and always available. 

Self Compassion is linked to:

Increased Self Confidence 
Increased Optimism
Increased Curiosity and Life Satisfaction 
Decreased Anxiety, Stress and Perfectionism

This workshop is based on the ground breaking research on Mindful Self Compassion by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Brené Brown’s work on Vulnerability and Courage. We will explore the elements of Self Compassion, and how to begin a Self Compassion practice.

This workshop is being provided to our community at no cost by New York Zero-to-Three Network and Mary Bermingham, LMSW. 

Annual Levenback Memorial Evening with a Pioneer Featuring Dr. Joy Osofsky

Each year, the New York Zero to Three Network honors a pioneer who has made a substantial impact on the lives of very young children and their families. This year, we are extremely pleased to announce that our honoree is Dr. Joy Osofsky, Professor of Pediatrics, Psychology and Public Health, Head of the Division of Pediatric Mental Health, and Barbara Lemann Professor of Child Welfare at Louisiana State University.

Dr. Osofsky is a true pioneer in, and continues to make prolific contributions to, the fields of infant and early childhood mental health. She was one of the first clinicians to highlight the fact that infants and young children can suffer from trauma, and has effectively disseminated evidence-backed approaches to trauma treatment for young children via clinical interventions and through systems- and community-based initiatives. Dr. Osofsky has been instrumental in guiding child welfare systems and Family Courts in responding to the unique needs of infants and toddlers who are subjects of child protection cases, in underscoring the needs of infants and young children exposed to domestic and community violence, and in guiding large scale responses to children caught in the wake of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Osofsky is a prolific author of books and articles on these topics. She is a past President of ZERO TO THREE and a member of the executive committee of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.

Dr. Osofsky will be interviewed by Dr. Rebecca Shamoon Shanok, Founding Director of the New York Zero to Three Network, Founding CEO and Academic Director of Collaborations for Growth, former and long-standing member of the Board of Directors of ZERO TO THREE, and the Founding Director of the Institute for Infants, Children & Families at the Jewish Board.

When: Thursday, February 20, 2020
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: Ackerman Institute for Families
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Breakfast for Babies Friday December 20th 2019 – NYZTT joins NYS-AIMH

Please join us for this is extra-special Breakfast for Babies! It marks New York Zero-To-Three (NYZTT) joining with NYS-AIMH to bring this important event to infancy professionals throughout New York State!

Plan to gather together in your local community, or join us on your own! We’ll meet using ZOOM Friday, December 20th 9 AM – 11:30 AM. Once you register, we’ll send along the link to connect.

It’s FREE, and a great way to pause in the rush of the holiday season, and focus on the well-being of mothers and babies in the perinatal period!

Our very special guest is Mickey Sperlich who will join us from 9:30 -10:30 am. Mickey, an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, is a midwife with decades of experience, and a researcher who studies the effects of trauma and mental health challenges on women’s childbearing and postpartum experiences and outcomes. She became interested in research in order to better understand the needs of her midwifery clients who were trauma survivors. Her first research project culminated in the book Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse, which was named the 2008 Book of the Year by the America College of Nurse Midwives. Sperlich has taken part in several trauma-focused perinatal studies and is co-author of a psychosocial intervention for pregnant survivors of abuse, the “Survivor Moms’ Companion.” She completed her PhD with a dual title in Social Work and Infant Mental Health at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, in 2014.

Mickey says: “My research is centered on furthering our understanding of how trauma and mental health challenges can affect a woman’s experience of pregnancy, birth, and parenting. I am also dedicated to developing trauma-specific interventions to promote healthy parenting and interrupt cycles of violence and psychiatric vulnerability.”

Mark December 20, 2019 on your calendars for this very special edition of Breakfast for Babies and Register Today!

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“Improve Your Strategies Workshop”: Re-Thinking Tummy Time from the Child’s Perspective

Presenter: Harold Rosenthal, PT., D.P.T.
Time & Location: November 7, 6-8, Bank Street College of Education
610 West 112th Street NY 10025

Workshop Description: Advice abounds for parents of newborn children – from pediatricians, parenting experts, and even Wikipedia — to practice “tummy time.” Parents are directed to lay their babies in the prone position multiple times a day when they are awake and alert for a variety of reasons. Participants will be invited to engage in a movement activity vis-à-vis the Feldenkrais Method, a developmentally based way of teaching movement, in order to feel and perceive the experiences of very young children. Please wear pants and comfortable clothing for movement. Please click here to register.

Presenter Bio: Harold’s work in health care began 45 years ago as an emergency medical technician with the Stony Brook University volunteer ambulance corps. He was the chief technologist in fiber optic endoscopy at The Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine assisting surgeons, gastroenterologists, and pulmonologists in the operating room for 6 years. Harold completed his physical therapy degree in 1985, and he began working with children and families in 1986. Harold has completed certificate programs in the Feldenkrais Method as it relates specifically to children and in child/family mental health at the Institute for Infants Children and Families of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. He achieved his doctorate in physical therapy in 2017. Harold has a private practice on the Upper West Side for children and adults, and he also works with children and families in their homes and at specialized preschools in Manhattan.

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WORKSHOP: Parent-Infant Observation: Skill building for assessment and treatment

Workshop Description: The skill of close observation of mother-infant interactions has proven to be valuable in training, assessment and treatment of mother-infant dyads at risk for relationship and mental health difficulties. Increasing knowledge of infant development and observational skills deepens understanding needed in making informed, sensitive and effective assessments and interventions as well as in developing new techniques in parent-infant work.
Training in infant observation can be helpful to nurses, doulas, midwives, day care providers, preschool teachers, occupational therapists, social workers, ACS workers, early intervention specialists and other community based workers who provide care and services to mothers, infants, and children up to 3 years of age.
The Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Program has been teaching infant observation for over twenty years modeled on the ideas of Esther Bick at the Tavistock Clinic in London and the work of Margaret Mahler and Anni Bergman in New York. Based on these pioneers’ observations, advances have been made in the theory of the psychological birth and development of self and parent-infant relationship from infancy through early childhood.
This workshop offers an introduction to infant observation through the use of video material and participants’ observations and responses to the material.
Presenter Bios:
Rita Reiswig, MS is a child and adult psychoanalyst and a mother-infant psychotherapist. She is a Founder and Co-director of the Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Program of The Contemporary Freudian Society and The Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She is a Training Analyst at CFS and faculty member and supervisor of the child analytic training program. She has taught infant observation since 1997 to the ABPIP and, via web conferencing, to mental health professionals in China. She maintains a private practice in New York City.
Sally Moskowitz, Ph.D. has been a Co-Director of the Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Training Program since 2006. She is a Training Analyst and faculty member and supervisor in IPTAR’s Adult Program in Psychoanalysis. She has written on the observation of a single, gay father and his daughter, published in the Journal of Infant Observation and in Frances Salo Thompson’s Infant Observation: Creating Transformative Relationships, and on early bodily based defenses and phantasy published in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She has taught infant observation in the ABPIP and at IPTAR.
Both Rita Reiswig and Sally Moskowitz have participated in a primary prevention project since 2001 and published papers about that work in The Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001. They have consulted to community based family centers and day care programs, working with staff and facilitating mother-infant groups. Currently, they co-direct a Home-Visiting Project working with mothers and infants living in homeless shelters and with children under 3 who are in foster care. More about this can be found at the website

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Annual Conference: Equity from the Start: Promoting Social Justice in Early Childhood Programs, June 14, 2019, 9-3, UJA, New York, NY

Equity from the Start: Promoting Social Justice in Early Childhood Programs
Friday, June 14th 9AM – 3PM in New York City

Early childhood programs abound with diversity in both the children and the families who participate. This diversity comes from differences across race, class, developmental ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, languages spoken, and immigration status, to name a few. How do we, as early childhood professionals, develop our own awareness of the power and privilege afforded to some and of the oppression and marginalization foisted upon others on the basis of these identifiers? How can we make sure that we inadvertently don’t add to the weight of oppression experienced by the families we serve? How can we, instead, become instruments of social justice?

Our keynote presenter, Dr. Eva Marie Shivers, Founder and Executive Director of the Indigo Cultural Center, and our breakout presenters will address these questions. Dr. Shivers will begin the day looking at racial identity and how, through mindful transformation, we can be bias disruptors and champion social justice in early childhood programs. After her plenary presentation, we will break into small groups to discuss and process her talk. In the afternoon, the following breakout presenters will continue the exploration:  Michelle Gantt, Alexandra Martinez & Quiana Jackson, Veera Mookerjee, Renee Ortega, Laurel Salmon, and Rebecca Shahmoon-Shanok & Lauren Tobing-Puente.  Some will address the personal work required to develop intercultural competency, with a focus on self-reflection and therapeutic use of self, and others will focus on racial literacy in early childhood classrooms.  Still others will address a range of challenges including international immigration, developmental differences, and incarceration.

Join us for a day of reflection, learning, and action-taking to support our work with young children and their families!

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The Social Foundations of Child Development: Featuring Nancy Tarshis

The Social Foundations of Child Development: Promoting Social and Emotional Competence

This workshop will introduce the many important facets of development that underlie solid social emotional function and social learning in the early childhood years. The ability to talk, learn and play well with others rests on having a flexible brain, competent language ability and self-regulation. This workshop is designed to give participants knowledge of the key researched components of social-cognitive development from birth to age 5 and connect them to executive functioning/self-regulation. Ways to foster language and play in the context of developmental challenges will also be touched upon.


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Limited Same-Day Registration may be available, subject to an additional $10 fee.

The workshop will be led by Nancy Tarshis.

Nancy Tarshis is a speech-language pathologist with an extensive background in working with children and their parents. She has a Master of Arts in Education of the Deaf and a Master of Science in Speech/Language Pathology, both from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is supervisor of Speech and Language Services at Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Montefiore. Currently, she supervises the SLP department, lectures to medical residents and psychology interns, participates in research, serves as adjunct clinical instructor at New York area graduate schools and continues to maintain a clinical practice seeing patients birth to 21 for diagnoses/treatment. She also provides ongoing consultation and staff training at two New York City schools. She is on the professional advisor board of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America. Nancy has extensive experience with a variety of treatment methodologies including Social Thinking. She is the co-author of the 2-volume early learner curriculum, We Thinkers (formerly “The Incredible Flexible You.”) and the Social Thinking Group Collaboration, Play and Problem Solving Scale.

Annual Conference: Building Resilience in Young Children and their Families: Body-Mind Approaches

Building Resilience in Young Children and their Families: Body-Mind Approaches

Infants and young children learn about the world and express themselves through sensation and movement before they develop language. This conference focuses on the rich nonverbal dimensions of both children’s and parents’ experiences. Our presenters will explore how sensory processing affects development and how touch, handling, and movement facilitation enhance a child’s capacities to self-regulate and build relationships. We will examine the nuances of nonverbal communication between parents and their children and share interventions to improve parent-child relationships and build resilience. We will highlight the importance of an inter-cultural framework to understand these relationships and will consider how childhood experiences of both professionals and parents impact their work and relationships.

Featuring Plenary Speakers: Suzi Tortora, Daniel Schechter, and Gilbert M. Foley!

We are pleased to be able to offer social work and education CEUs/CTLEs for participation in this year’s conference! Beverages and lunch will be provided.

Friday, May 11, 2018
8:30AM – 3:30PM
The Interfaith Center of New York
475 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10115

Advance Registration:
$100 for members
$130 for non-member
$95 for group registration (current organizational membership + 5 or more registered)
$50 for students

Advance registration will close on May 4th at 5:00PM
Limited same-day registration may be available but will be subject to an additional $20 fee.

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Levenback Award Breakfast and Panel Discussion: Young Children in Poverty

2018 Annual Hedi Levenback Award Breakfast and Panel Discussion: Young Children in Poverty
Featuring Levenback Awardee and Speaker: Dr. Irwin Redlener, President Emeritus and Co-Founder of the Children’s Health Fund

Each year the New York Zero-to-Three Network (NYZTT) honors a local pioneer who has made a difference for young children and their families in New York at our Annual Levenback Memorial Event. NYZTT has selected Dr. Irwin Redlener as this year’s honoree for his lifetime of work on behalf of children.

Dr. Redlener will speak about poverty and its consequences that are keeping so many children from realizing their dreams and fulfilling their potential. He will consider why this matters for our collective future and what we can do now.

Dr. Redlener’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion focusing on recent opportunities and threats to providing high-quality health care to young children living in poverty and will address policy recommendations and legislative advocacy efforts we can take to help ensure the healthy development of young children in poverty.

Panel Participants:
Elizabeth Isakson, MD, Executive Director, Docs for Tots
Benjamin Anderson, Director of Health Policy, Children’s Defense Fund- NY
Alia Udhiri, Policy Director, Division of Family and Child Health, New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
*Panel in formation

Registration starts at just $35. Register today!

Workshop: Play as Regulation

his workshop will address the important role of play in the development of regulatory capacities in young children. Clinical vignettes from each stage of play (sensorimotor, functional and symbolic) will illustrate how play serves a regulatory function during the first five years of life. Factors contributing to the development of self- regulation, such as temperament, executive function, positive parenting, attachment, internal representation and the capacity for symbolization, will be reviewed and contrasted with the primary sources of dysregulation including excessive psycho-sensory stimulation, states of intense emotional arousal, anxiety and toxic stress. Dr. Foley will explain the specific regulatory functions of play including play as regulatory practice, novelty and investigation, and roles and rules. He will also summarize current empirical evidence regarding play and self-regulation.

Registration Required

About Our Presenter: Gilbert M. Foley, Ed.D., IMH-E

Gilbert M. Foley, Ed.D., IMH-E- serves as Co- Clinical Director of the Training and Technical Assistance Center at the New York Center for Child Development in New York City and Co-Director and adjunct professor of the graduate program in Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice at the Adelphi University Institute for Parenting, Garden City, NY. He is a retired tenured faculty member of Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology where he taught for 20 years in the Department of School-Clinical Child Psychology and coordinated the infancy-early childhood track. As Senior Clinical Supervisor in the Department of Pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine-Bellevue Hospital Center, he was an innovator in the technique of reflective supervision. While serving as the Chief Psychologist in the Pediatric Department of the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Dr. Foley trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and also completed a fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center with the late, Sally Provence M. D. For eleven years Dr. Foley served as the Director and Principle Investigator of the Family Centered Resource Project, a Federally Funded model/demonstration, outreach and technical assistance agency providing training to the infant/early childhood intervention community nationally. Dr. Foley‘s clinical and teaching career has been devoted in large part to working with infants and young children with special needs and their families. He is the author of several books and numerous articles. His most current book with Dr. Jane Hochman, “Mental Health in Early Intervention” is published by Brookes. The Loss-Grief Model developed by Dr. Foley, is the official approach of the Colorado Department of Education parent program. He lectures and consults widely, nationally and internationally, having recently returned from South Africa, China, Prague and Cyprus He was an invited presenter at the First International Conference on Preschool Education in China sponsored by UNICEF and Nanjing University. Dr. Foley began his career as the psychologist for the Berks County Childcare and Preschool Education Programs of the Berks County Intermediate Unit.

Networking Happy Hour

Join the NYZTT team at our next Networking Happy Hour! Come and mingle with your fellow zero to three professionals at Nirvana, a contemporary lounge located at 346 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016 on Wednesday, January 17th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. We look forward to meeting all of you!
This is a no cost event, and all are invited. Bring a friend!
RSVP kindly requested but not required.

Transition to New Parenthood: Managing Client Angst and Ecstasy

Having a baby changes parents’ lives forever, a fact that well-intentioned friends and strangers remind prospective parents over and over again. The changes associated with the transition to parenthood can be overwhelming and anxiety-producing. Having support can help to calm these fears and provide reassurance to meet the challenges of this extraordinary event.

This workshop will look at the new parent experience and how we, as professionals, can smooth the way for parents and their babies.

The workshop will be led by, Sandra Radzanower Wolkoff, PhD, LCSW-R.

RSVP Today! Ticket’s start at just $15.

Sandra Radzanower Wolkoff, PhD, LCSW-R, is the former Director of the Marks Family Right from the Start 0-3+ Center, the early childhood mental health site of North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center. Dr. Wolkoff also developed the Training and Consultation Services at the Center that included; parent training, mental health consultation programs for Head Start and early childhood centers, and certificate programs for educators and clinicians working with young children and their families.

Dr. Wolkoff began the Diane Goldberg Maternal Depression Treatment Program in response to the needs of the mothers and babies who came for help at Right from the Start. The Diane Goldberg Maternal Depression Treatment Program was the first multi-disciplinary outpatient perinatal mood disorder treatment program in New York State. She has worked with the Nassau County Perinatal Coalition, Postpartum Resource Center of New York, and the National Parent-Child Home Program, among others, to provide training on the recognition and the treatment of postpartum depression. Dr. Wolkoff chaired the Nassau County Perinatal Mood Disorder Task Force for three years and helped develop their resource manual.

Dr. Wolkoff has been a trainer and presenter at conferences locally and throughout the country with a particular focus on the impact of maternal mood disorders on child development. She has been published in several Journals and was co-editor of “Raising Young Children Well: Insights and Ideas for Parents and Teachers”.

In addition, Dr. Wolkoff was selected as 2007-2009 Fellow in the Leaders of the 21st Century Fellowship with Zero To Three, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and their Parents in Washington, DC. Dr. Wolkoff was chosen as one of the 50 Most Influential Women of Long Island by Long Island Business News and recently received the Pioneer Award from the Postpartum Resource Center of New York State.

Dr. Wolkoff is currently on the boards of New York Zero-to-Three Network and the COPE Foundation helping bereaved parents and families.

Dr. Wolkoff received her BA from CCNY and her Master’s and Doctorate in Social Work from Adelphi University. She is currently in private practice in Albertson, New York.

Reflective Group Supervision for Clinical Work with Children and Families.

Reflective Group Supervision is an innovative approach to supervision and consultation that supports staff in understanding client needs through a lens of curiosity, non-judgment, and empathy. It is a collaborative process that guides those working with families and children to reflect on their own experiences in their work and then to address the clinical needs of those they work with. The process of a reflective group supervision session follows four steps: (1) attending to the workers’ experiences and needs, (2) understanding the family system, (3) being mindful of the parallel process between supervisors, workers, and families, and (4) identifying clinical interventions. These group sessions provide a safe and supportive environment for emotional sharing, peer support, and creative problem solving that enables staff to develop interventions that are attuned to their client’s needs. They are instrumental in increasing staff’s capacities to be reflective about and self and other, decreasing burn-out, and increasing staff collaboration and support. There will be an opportunity for at least one participant to share a case and for the group to experience the process in vivo.

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About Our Presenter:

Christine Reynolds, LCSW is a faculty member of the Center For the Developing Child and Family at the Ackerman Institute. Ms. Reynolds has over 20 years of postgraduate clinical and consulting experience in home based family therapy, child welfare, community mental health, early childhood, and private practice in both rural and urban environments. She has presented and consulted nationally with large and small agencies on how to increase their staff members’ reflective capacities in their clinical work with families with young children. Additionally, Ms. Reynolds maintains a private practice in Manhattan specializing in families, couples and children.

Annual Meeting

Perspectives on and Strategies for Building and Maintaining Attachment During a Parent’s Incarceration

This year’s New York Zero-to-Three Network Annual Meeting will focus on the experiences and needs of young children who experience parental incarceration. Diverse perspectives will shed light on the urgency of building or maintaining attachment between young children and a parent who cannot be physically present on a frequent basis, as well as strategies for doing so. Existing programs and efforts underway will be highlighted. Policy recommendations that would safeguard children’s attachments and support the parent-child relationships from arrest through reentry will be discussed. The voices of those with direct experience and expertise will provide insight and deepen our collective understanding of how we can all better support young children facing this adverse childhood experience (ACE).
$15 members/$35 for non-members
*Limited same day registration may be available subject to an additional $10 fee.

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NYZTT Networking Happy Hour

Our Networking Happy Hour is back by popular demand, this time at a new location!
Gather with colleagues and the NYZTT team to enjoy good company, relaxing conversation and musing about babies and toddlers. (And did we mention happy hour specials?!)
There is no charge for this networking event and all are welcome!
*Cash bar.

RSVP not required but kindly requested! RSVP Today!

Healthy Sleep for Infants, Young Children and Their Parents

Dr. Suhas Nafday’s presentation will focus on sleep safety and cultural considerations for working with diverse families. Infant deaths attributable to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) declined by 53% in the 10 years after the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended babies be placed to sleep on their backs in 1992. In recent years, while the number of deaths due to SIDS has not increased, deaths attributable to accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed have increased significantly. Hence, we will discuss strategies and recommendations on safe sleep, including NYS DOH “Safe Sleep” initiative and some practical considerations, especially for NYC’s population with diverse cultural, ethnic and religious beliefs.

Dr. Shelby Freeman Harris’s presentation will focus on typical sleep development of infants and young children, as well as how to develop good sleep habits in early childhood. She will address what symptoms to look for that would require consultation with a sleep doctor.

We will spend at least an hour having our panelists address questions about sleep issues for infants and young children. Please come prepared with questions to improve your family’s experience with sleep or to support the work you do with families focused on sleep.

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ChiId Development and Infant Mental Health: Two Worlds or One?

Save the Date for our Annual Spring Conference:

Early Intervention and Early Childhood Mental Health: Two Worlds or One?

Friday, May 12, 2017
8:15 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Featuring Plenary Speakers:  Serena Weider, PhD and Tal Baz, MS, OTR/L

Healthy social-emotional development for a young child encompasses the capacities to experience, manage, and express a full range of positive and negative emotions; develop close and satisfying relationships with others; and actively explore environments and learn.  This is synonymous with what we call “infant mental health.”  This conference will explore social-emotional development as part and whole, first examining it as one component of child development (the part).  Then it will examine the whole — how all aspects of development are affected by the child’s social-emotional development as an interdependent and integrative force and the reciprocal relationship between the child’s developmental capacities and the caregiving environment.

Out of this conceptual framework, the conference plenary and breakout session presenters will describe and illustrate hands-on applications for work with children and their parents to promote remedial and optimal pathways of development.  We will discuss strategies and diverse situations that families may face due to their immigration and/or cultural experiences, and their encounters with various programs.

Join us for breakfast and registration starting at 8:15 A.M. Program starts promptly at 9:00 A.M. 

Limited same day registration may be available and will be subject to an additional $25 fee. Save time and money by registering today!

Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood: How To Understand Them and What To Do

Children can exhibit behaviors that challenge even the most experienced teachers and other caregivers – throwing things, biting self or other children, tantrums, passivity, social withdrawal – just to name a few. In this Roundtable, our panel of early childhood teachers and mental health consultants will discuss: (1) how to understand these behaviors, (2) what can be done in the classroom to help these children, and (3) how to know when it’s time to bring in other resources (e.g., speech therapy, occupational therapy).

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The workshop will be led by moderator, Margie Brickley.

Margie Brickley is the Director of the Infant and Family Development and Early Intervention Program at Bank Street College of Education. She also is a developmental specialist with the early intervention system. She has a Level IV Infant Mental Health Endorsement.

Featuring Panelists:

Tonia Spence is the Senior Director of Early Childhood Services at the Jewish Board. She holds a Masters in Special Education from Bank Street College of Education and a Master in Social Work from Columbia School of Social Work. Her work at The Jewish Board expands to her role as the co-leader of the Administrators of Color where she along with colleagues works to impact all staffs’ racial literacy.

Michael Amaral and Channing Edson are head teachers at the Family Center at Bank Street College in a mixed-age (6 months-3 years), inclusive child care program.

Networking Happy Hour

Back by popular demand!

We invite you to gather with colleagues and NYZTT Board Members to enjoy good company, relaxing conversation and musing about babies and toddlers. (And did we mention happy hour specials?!)

There is no charge for this networking event and all are welcome! *Cash bar.

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Maternal and Caregiver Depression: Impact on Young Children and Possible Remedies

Maternal and Caregiver Depression: Impact on Young Children and Possible Remedies

Imagine one of the most important people in your world is struggling with a problem that causes them to be less responsive, chronically tired, frequently sad and irritable. Your day-to-day life would probably be significantly impacted! Now imagine you are an infant, toddler, or preschooler whose primary caregiver is struggling with these issues – in other words, whose caregiver has depression. This disease impacts the lives of far too many children and their mothers/caregivers, and of course those professionals working with young children would want to offer help. To make that a little easier to do, Dr. Weis will present information about identification and diagnosis of maternal depression during and after pregnancy as well as depression in caregivers more generally. Perhaps more importantly, she will discuss some of the best practices for trying to help those mothers and caregivers once identified.

Rebecca Weis, M.D. is currently working with ThriveNYC and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as Consulting Psychiatrist in Early Childhood Mental Health since July 2016. In that role, she is working with a variety of Thrive initiatives including the Mental Health Service Corps and the Early Childhood Mental Health Network.

Prior to this, she was an attending psychiatrist at Bellevue Hospital and on faculty in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. While at Bellevue, she was the Unit Chief for the adolescent inpatient unit for 6 years prior to moving to the outpatient department as the Director of Early Childhood Mental Health starting in 2013. She worked on a variety of initiatives in that position which included expansion of early childhood therapy services in the child psychiatry clinic as well as collaborative care efforts in the pediatric medical clinic. She also collaborated extensively with the Women’s Mental Health team at Bellevue and provided psychiatric treatment to pregnant and parenting adolescents.

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These Stressful Times: Working with Client Fears and Hopelessness (as well as our own)

Many people, and perhaps especially immigrants and those of color, are frightened or depressed by recent events. Workshop leaders Joanna Barberii-Rosario and Rebecca Shahmoon-Shanok will facilitate our roundtable discussion and help us build a set of strength-centered resources for ourselves as we utilize similar strategies with clients.

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Meet our Workshop Leaders:

Joanna Barberii-Rosario is a licensed social worker and received her master’s degree from Adelphi University’s School of Social Work in 2011. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in social work and working towards her goal of becoming a professor. Since 2004, she has been working in the social service field within areas such as trauma, advocacy, and developmental disabilities. She is currently employed at Sheltering Arms/Safe Space as a program supervisor and bilingual clinician providing Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) to young children and their caregivers. Ms. Barberii-Rosario also serves as a Spanish interpreter for Physicians for Human Rights and has worked alongside mental health professionals in conducting pro-bono psychological evaluations for individuals seeking asylum in the United States. Ms. Barberii-Rosario is strongly dedicated to promoting human rights and helping immigrant and refugee families overcome cultural and emotional challenges.

Rebecca ShahmoonShanok, LCSW, PhD, until recently Founding Director, Institute for Infants, Children & Families, JBFCS in NYC, has trained professionals from all relevant disciplines together since the late 1970’s; currently serves as Senior Research Associate for Relationships for Growth & Learning, Clinical Psychology Program, New School for Social Research; is widely published and teaches all over the country and abroad.

A pioneer in integrating mental health consultation with direct services in childcare and Head Start, Rebecca has established peer play psychotherapy for young children as a successful intervention for widely varied challenges. The Institute she began and directed at JBFCS reached young, underserved children from zero through six and their families with transdisciplinary, model services, post-degree training for providers of all disciplines and state-of-the-science consultation to government, systems and agencies. A widely-published author and energetic leader as well as an expert in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) for both trauma and for developmental challenges, Rebecca has been part of a national workgroup within the Harris Professional Development Network addressing Tenets for Diversity-Informed Practice since 2011, integrating Undoing Racism teachings from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. With degrees and experience in clinical psychology, social work, early childhood education and extensive experience in psychoanalysis and infant mental health, Rebecca is an active board member of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, and founder and past co-president of the New York Zero-to-Three Network. With colleagues within Zero to Three, Rebecca developed and has written extensively about Reflective Supervision since its inception in the late 1980’s, more recently integrating mindful practice and staff wellness on behalf of the early childhood field.


Give this Holiday Season!

As a generous supporter of the New York Zero-to-Three Network, you have strengthened our organization and the work we do to better the lives of babies and their families across New York State. This past year we proudly celebrated our 25th anniversary and we know that your generous support has played a pivotal role in our success. This year, we need your continued support more than ever.

The core philosophy of our Network is our intent to bring together individuals from all disciplines who work with infants, toddlers and their families, and provide networking opportunities to share work, learn from each other, and increase knowledge and experience in the field of infant development and the interventions that promote optimal health in all domains. For example, we host roundtables throughout the year that provide a platform for cutting-edge information in the field and discussions about best practices.  We have provided scholarships for young professionals to attend our roundtables and annual conferences. Through social media, we share community events and networking platforms. Through our members and our network of Infancy Leadership Circles throughout New York State, we have created a strong fabric for positive early learning and baby-friendly communities.

As we look forward to the next 25 years, we’re counting on you. Your kind contribution will help us continue providing groundbreaking programming, networking and collegial support, especially while engaging and supporting the next generation of practitioners.

We look forward to seeing you at our events throughout the year and hope you’ll continue your support of our work with a tax deductible donation this holiday season. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your generosity and support.

Wishing you and yours a happy and joyous holiday and a prosperous new year!


Lorraine Chun & Joaniko Kohchi


NYZTT 2016 Levenback Memorial Evening

Theodore Gaensbauer

Each year the New York Zero-to-Three Network honors a local pioneer who has made a difference for young children and their families in New York at our Annual Levenback Memorial Evening.This festive evening includes an interview with the pioneer, an opportunity to network and to enjoy light refreshments.

This year’s honoree is Dr. Ted Gaensbauer, who will be interviewed by 
Suzi Tortora, Ed.D., BC-DMT, CMA, LCAT, LMHC.

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2016 Citywide Infant Toddler Conference

Please join the
New York City Child Care Resource & Referral Consortium

for our

2016 Citywide Infant Toddler Conference,

“Back to the Basics and Beyond: Looking through the Lens of the 10 Components of Quality Care – Birth through Three”

In addition to our informative presenters, a variety of exhibitors, health & education resource partners and community organizations will be on hand. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance and one training hour for each session attended (a total of 4 training hours for those that stay for the full-day.)

Be an Early Bird!  Take advantage of the savings ending on June 19, 2016 by registering at: or use the linked registration form below and mail with payment to 322 Eighth Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10001, Attn: 2016 Citywide Infant Toddler Conference.

Early Bird Registration Fee: $60
Registration Fee after June 19th: $75

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The NYC Infant Toddler Resource Center Provides:

Information for child care providers on caring for infants and toddlers, from birth to age three years in multiple languages.

Training and professional development opportunities for infant/toddler staff, program directors and family child care providers.

Resource library (books, materials, educational videos) available at each CCR&R member office.

Technical Assistance for potential and existing providers regarding best practices, regulatory requirements and program accreditation.

Free Autism Workshop Series

Offered by Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices, School & Center for Children with Autism

Bullying: Practical solutions for eradicating bullying for individuals with autism

Dr. Stephen Shore

Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education, Adelphi University

A great majority of people with autism experience bullying in school, in the community, and even into adulthood resulting in possible life-long negative implications such as lowered self-esteem, difficulties in relationships, and depression. This presentation will focus on informing parents, educators, clinicians, and others  on how to identify and eradicate bullying on the individual, classroom, and school-wide levels.

LEARNING OUTCOMES using the words list, identify, and define in each sentence

Participants shall be able to…

1.  define the act of bullying,
2.  list two or more indicators indicating when bullying may be taking place,
3.  list ways to stop bullying when it occurs,
4.  identify how learning effective skills in self-advocacy can help stop or prevent bullying,
5.  identify educational steps for bully-proofing school systems.

FIVE ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS corresponding with the learning outcomes

1.  What is the definition of bullying and provide an example?
2.  What are two or more indicators suggesting that bullying is taking place?
3.  What are two or more ways to stop bullying when it occurs?
4.  How can learning effective skills in self-advocacy stop or prevent bullying?
5.  What steps can a school system take to bully-proof their organization?
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By mail: 4302 New Utrecht Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11219

*please be sure to include your name, address, email and phone number and indicate Autism Workshop

Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices
Joshua Weinstein, Ph.D., M.B.A., CEO & Founder
Suri Gruen, Program Director
Gili Rechany, MA, SBL, BCBA, Educational Director

2015-2016 Workshop Series made possible by NYC Council Autism Initiative Funding

We at Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices, School and Center for Children with Autism would like to share our findings about how children on the autism spectrum learn to communicate, socialize and succeed while engaging in daily routine activities and interacting with others.

At SK-HOV we provide comprehensive, research-based educational practices and related therapeutic services to maximize the learning and participation of children (aged 3 to 11 years) with various developmental and neurological disorders.

Our education and training program is designed to inform and enhance the knowledge of participants about autism, related services and behavior analytic techniques used to effectively teach personal, social, and academic skills.

This workshop series was designed in response to parents, teachers, therapists and others who requested to learn how to improve the lives of children with autism spectrum disorders. We encourage teachers, parents and all those interested in learning about effective treatment interventions to attend.

Sessions will be led by SK-HOV’s Educational Team – Gili Rechany, MA, SBL, BCBA, Educational Director, Elizabeth Diviney, PhD, BCBA, Behavior Consultant, Chani Katz, MA, BCBA, IEP Coordinator, and Dr. Stephen Shore, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Special Education, Adelphi University.

Special thanks to
City Council Speaker
Melissa Mark-Viverito
David Greenfield, Brad Lander and Mark Levine

Building a Network Begins with you!

Join us for our next steps toward

Advocacy for Our Babies!

We welcome a broad range of professionals who provide services to infants, toddlers and their families to join us for a lively evening of networking and discussion of local efforts and common issues that impact our youngest New Yorkers and their families. Our mission is to encourage cross-disciplinary dialogue, bring awareness to and increase investment in a coordinated, high quality system of services for infants, toddlers and their families that promotes healthy children, strong families and early learning.

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Fostering collaboration among those who work with babies, toddlers and their families

2016 Young Child Expo & Conference

2016 Young Child Expo & Conferences bring together top leaders to provide the latest information about essential topics in early childhood development. Early childhood professionals and parents will learn also about services, resources, and products to help all children reach their full potential.

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Save the Date: 21st Annual NYS Child Abuse Prevention Conference

Prevent Child Abuse New York is pleased to present the 21st annual New York State Child Abuse Prevention Conference. The conference inspires and equips participants with skills and strategies to strengthen families, prevent child abuse, and ensure children’s healthy development. This year you’ll find the quality programming this conference is famous for—nationally renowned keynote speakers and highly rated workshops—along with some new offerings.

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Putting Humpty Together Again:

Working with Children with Attachment Difficulties—Emotional Dysregulation, Rage and Despair

Recent decades have dramatically changed our understanding of infancy and early childhood development. We now know that from ages 0-5, when brain development is at its most crucial phase, a child develops the foundation and capabilities on which all subsequent development builds. Infants and young children require a secure attachment to a primary caregiver and experiences that foster cognitive growth and social and emotional development. In the absence of sensitive, reliable caregiving, development of critical social, emotional, and intellectual skills, including the ability to trust, to relate to others, to empathize, have a positive sense of self and to emotionally and behaviorally regulate is compromised. Trauma and maltreatment that occurs within the context of the parent-child relationship has devastating developmental consequences. In times of anxiety or threat, infants are biologically primed to seek the protection and comfort of their caregiver. Infants feel deep confusion and fear when the parent from whom he needs to seek protection is the person who is frightening and threatening to him, thus bathing the baby in toxic stress.

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Join us for a Self-Regulation Roundtable

with Drs. Zina Rutkin & Arlean Wells from Ackerman Institute’s school-based program, Competent Kids, Caring Communities

The Director and Assistant Director of Competent Kids, Caring Communities (CKCC), Ackerman Institute’s school-based social-emotional learning program, will be presenting a participatory workshop on social-emotional development in early childhood.  Presenters will touch on the five social-emotional competencies in the Common Core Standards for Pre-Kindergarten:  Self-Concept and Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation, Relationships with Others, Accountability and Adaptability. 

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Purchase an Ad in Our Commemorative 25th Anniversary Journal

Dear Friend of New York Zero-to-Three Network,

The Board of Directors of New York Zero-to-Three Network  invites you to support the work of the Network by taking an ad in our commemorative program journal for our 25th Anniversary Year that will be distributed at our Annual Conference on May 6, 2016 and at all other events through June 2016. We are pleased to share that Jeanette Gong, Ph.D., the Director of the Intervention Quality Initiatives Unit for the Bureau of Early Intervention, Division of Family and Child Health at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, will be presented with the Emily Fenichel award at the conference. 

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Evidenced-based Practice in Sensory Processing Disorder:

Subtypes, Assessments and Intervention

Adelphi University  Institute for Parenting

The comprehensive seminar focuses on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), a problem that affects at least 5-16% of children. Often, SPD is misdiagnosed as ADHD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Even more common, SPD is not diagnosed as a disorder at all… instead the child’s issues are attributed to “bad behavior,” “poor motivation,” or “social-emotional problems.” This workshop will review screening and assessment of SPD as well as focus on differentiating the six subtypes of SPD. The presentation will highlight videotaped examples of direct treatment. In addition, evidence-based research related to SPD will be reviewed, including studies completed by the SPD Foundation and the SPD Scientific Work Group. There will be a brief review of published peer review studies by the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation.

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Assessment and Diagnostic Thinking

in Clinical Work with Birth to Five Guided by the DC:0-3

Institute for Parenting Adelphi University

Participants will learn about the assessment framework embedded in the DC: 0-3R that emphasizes unique developmental and relational needs of infants/toddlers in the context of their families. This framework promotes a thorough assessment process that is a foundation for clinical formulation of the factors that are contributing to overall child functioning and capacity to successfully cope with the challenges of daily life. The multi-axial framework promotes diagnostic thinking that identifies contributions of constitutional (physical, health), medical/developmental, relational, psychosocial and functional social-emotional factors to clinical understanding of the child’s presentation of challenges and competencies. Integration of the data represented by the axes helps to establish a strong connection between diagnostic formulation and treatment planning.

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Toward Mindful Practice:

Developing Reflective Supervision Skills

Adelphi University  Institute for Parenting

Reflection means taking a step back from the immediate, intense experience of hands-on work to wonder what that experience really means (Zero to Three, 2015).  What we learn through examining our own internal thoughts and feelings can help us better understand the families we work with—and lead to more effective intervention that will help them to heal and develop along healthier trajectories. Reflective Supervision by design is empowering, strength-based, culturally respectful, collaborative, non-judgmental, and introspective. Trust in the supervisory relationship is the foundation for building reflective skills.

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NYZTT 20th Annual Spring Conference

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Challenges and Solutions in Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions in the Real World

featuring plenary speakers
Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda, PhD

Laurie Miller Brotman, PhD

Programs for children and families are under increased pressure to use evidence-based practices to serve the needs of their clients.  Funding agencies and federal, state and local governments are now placing greater emphasis on effectiveness and accountability, requiring data to demonstrate a program’s effects.

In this conference, we will briefly touch on what is meant by “evidence-based” programs and then look at the challenges of taking a program, designed and tested under one set of conditions, and implementing it in the “real world” with a greater array of conditions.  The conference will include a focus on working with young children and families from diverse backgrounds.  We will explore how diverse parenting beliefs and values, multiple languages, immigration, and experiences of oppression and marginalization must be considered when working with families.  We will examine specific evidence-based programs for families with young children and how they can be adapted to the needs of a wide array of families.  Attendees will gain exposure to evidence-based approaches and resources for training and utilization of these approaches in their communities. 

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Foundations of Disaster Response

Foundations of Disaster Response for Healing Professionals

This workshop is designed for healing professionals including mental health practitioners, social workers, body-workers, medical personnel and others who are interested in learning more about the disaster response system in the United States.

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Infants and Trauma

Institute for Parenting Adelphi University

Infants and Trauma: Implications for Prevention Programs and Child Welfare Services

Recent research tells us that very young children are exposed to direct and indirect trauma at high rates and are even more susceptible to trauma exposure if they live in high-poverty communities.

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Toxic Stress

 Adelphi University  Institute for Parenting

Addressing the Long-term Consequences of Toxic Stress from Chronic Neglect Through the Use of the Neuro-relational Framework (NRF)

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Raising Awareness

Raising Awareness around the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and Child Sex Trafficking Free New York City Showcase Event

This event is a showcase of Kourtney’s Choice, which is the U.S. adaptation of an applied theater production (based on real-life case studies) that has proven highly effective in raising awareness around commercial sexual exploitation of children and child trafficking in the U.K.
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CADRE Moving Beyond Disputes: Mobilizing and Orchestrating a “Village” When Extensive Change is Required

Disputes often occur because professionals and families have radically different visions of what services and supports are necessary to attain IDEA’s four results of equality of opportunity, independent living, full participation, and economic self-sufficiency. When dispute resolution results in the need to make extensive change in services and supports­ creation, implementation, evaluation­, often parties are overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task and feel immobilized in putting recommendations into place.
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Annual Levenback Memorial Evening with a Pioneer

Each year we honor a local pioneer who has made a difference for young children and their families here in New York at our Annual Levenback Memorial Evening.

This festive evening includes an interview with the pioneer, an opportunity to network and to enjoy light refreshments. This year’s honoree is Gordon Williamson, PhD, OTR, who will be interviewed by Gil Foley, EdD.

Cost is $25 for members, $30 for non members.

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Education Advocacy for Parents

An intensive series of workshops where each session will cover an important topic in Special Education

Presented by Godfrey Rivera, Co-Director of the Metropolitan Parent Center

An intensive series of workshops where each session will cover an important topic in Special Education including:

  • Effective Parent Advocacy and IDEA Principals
  • The Special Education Process: Referral, Evaluation (including FBA/BIPs), Classification, Placement and Implementation
  • Special Education Services in New York City
  • Understanding the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Evaluations and Assessments
  • Early Childhood Services and Supports
  • Dispute Resolution Strategies: Mediation and the Impartial Hearings

Simultaneous Spanish interpretation is available upon request.

Refreshments will be served.


Godfrey Rivera
Sinergia-Metropolitan Parent Center
212 643-2840, ext. 307

Fun and Exciting Activities for Early Childhood Programs

Trainer: Arlene Rider, PhD, NYS Credentialed Trainer

This workshop will help the provider to develop and provide exciting, developmentally appropriate activities that will extend and enrich the interests of the early childhood age children in your program. Participants are welcome to bring exciting open ended activities to share.

OCFS: 1, 3 CDA: 3, 5, 7 CBK: 1, 4

Registration and Payment:

Advance registration and prepayment are required to enroll in a training and receive a certificate. Registrations may be taken over the phone with a credit card. Register early! Most classes have limited enrollment. We reserve the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment. You may call Rosemarie at (845) 473-4141 ext. 217 to register.
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Central-North Harlem Infancy Leadership Circle Meeting – July, 2015

Monthly meeting of a cross-disciplinary group of professionals in the community who work with children 0-3 years and their families to promote high-quality and comprehensive services and become the Infancy Voice within broad Early Childhood initiatives. July topics include: Child friendly reading spaces in the community; cultural sensivity part 2, networking.

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Annual Meeting

Join us for our Annual Meeting on June 11th

Breakfast for Babies

featuring Matthew Melmed, Executive Director, National ZERO TO THREE