November 2010 ACTION News from
the NYS Infancy Leadership Circles

A project of NYZTT

Dear Friends,

This Tuesday, Nov. 2, is Election Day. We urge you to exercise your privilege to vote and to consider each candidate’s views on children and
families—especially their support for programs and services to very young children at risk for not being ready for school.

See the Winning Beginning NY web site for materials and questions, and log on to: to view a new video made by the business community entitled "It’s Our Business" that highlights why business leaders in New York State support investments in quality early childhood education programs for children 0–5. These services support jobs, give back money, enable good employees to stay on the job, and are a powerful tool for a successful society. Businesses that operate in communities with quality programs have less employee turnover and attract more competitive companies and jobs. Quality programs attract investment, promote a skilled workforce, and save $4–7 in
remedial education in the later years for every $1 spent in early childhood.

Carole and Jackie


Monday, November 1, 2010, 9:30 AM – 11 AM:

New York, NY: CCCNY Policy Briefing: Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care

Featuring speakers from the Kathryn A. McDonald Education Advocacy Project, The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice; Child Welfare and Robin Hood Projects, Advocates for Children of New York, Inc., and Director of Education Unit, Administration for Children’s Services.
Location: Citizen’s Committee for Children of New York, 105 E. 22nd Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010, Webinar:

New Resources for States’ Infant and Toddler Early Learning Guidelines, 2-3 PM

Early Learning Guidelines increase awareness of what infants and toddlers are capable of learning and doing from birth to 3 years. Currently, 31 states and 3 territories have published such guides; several states and territories are now developing them. This webinar focuses on new resources to offer options and guidance as states update, write and revise guidelines.

Sponsored by ZERO TO THREE.

Friday, November 12, 2010, New York, NY:

Conference: Working with the 21st Century Child & Family: Preparing Today’s Young Child for the World of the Future 8 AM – 4:30 PM

This Wonderplay Early Childhood Learning Conference at the 92nd Street Y in New York City will focus on what children will need to be happy, productive, and fulfilled adults in 2030. Prominent leaders in education and early development will talk about current research, perspectives on healthy development, and what it means to be a child in the 21st century. Afternoon workshops will provide ideas for integrating this information into the early childhood classroom.
Conference fee is: $185/person.
For more information and to register, go to:

Monday, November 15, 2010, New York, NY:

Summit on Children of Incarcerated Parents, New York Law School: 9:30 AM – 4 PM

Sponsored by the New York State Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents, this Summit will bring together diverse professionals as well as individuals who are directly affected by this topic to develop a concrete action plan.
Attendees will participate in one of five "tracks" which will meet prior to and during the summit. Each track will identify barriers, solutions, and opportunities for collaboration and resource sharing, and make recommendations for policy reform,
practice change, and training.
To register or for more information: E-mail Tanya Krupat:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010, White Plains, NY:

Child Health Advocacy Network (CHAN) meeting, 9:30 AM

Hear about Children and Health Reform from Kinda Serafi, Children’s Defense Fund NY, the Born Learning initiative of United Way of Westchester and Putnam from Susan Schefflein, Home Visiting in Westchester from Allison Lake of Westchester Children’s
Association, and more.
Location: YWCA of White Plains, 515 North St., White Plains, NY, Directions at
RSVP to Allison Lake (914) 946-7676 ext. 14,

Wednesday, December 17, 2010, New York, NY:

Stronger Families New York quarterly meeting, 10:00 AM – 12 PM on Children’s Health Plan

Open to organizations across New York State interested in strengthening families, this federally sponsored group meets quarterly around the NY area. This meeting will feature Evelyn Blanck talking on the implementation of the New York Children’s Health Plan.
For information about Stronger Families NY, go to:; to R.S.V.P. for the meeting and confirm location, e-mail:

Monday, November 22, 2010, New York, NY:

CCCNY Policy Briefing: How can we end childhood hunger in NYC? 9:30 AM – 11 AM

Featuring speakers from New York City Coalition Against Hunger, The Food Bank, and Share Our Strength.
Location: Citizen’s Committee for Children of New York, 105 E. 22nd Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10010

Thursday, December 2, 2010: New York, NY:

NYZTT Interview with a 0-3 Pioneer: Nick Cunningham, Pediatrician and Advocate, 6 – 8 PM

This annual evening honors the memory of, Dr. Hedi Levenback, a true pioneer in the world of infant, toddler, and family health and welfare. This year NYZTT welcome’s Dr. Nicholas (Nick) Cunningham, raconteur, pediatrician, former NYZTT board member,
and tireless advocate for practice that supports parents and infants in the critical period when "they fall in love with each other." His fascinating personal and professional history will be explored, with special attention paid to how his wisdom and experience can frame the successes and challenges early childhood professionals face today.
Location: Ackerman Institute for the Family, 149 East 78 St., (North east of Lexington Avenue), New York 10024.

Wednesday, December 8, – Thursday, December 9, 2010, New York, NY:

America’s Fit for Life and Family Wellness Conference, Hotel Pennsylvania.

Sponsored by: Today’s Child Communications, this two-day event covers topics from health to wealth building.
Experts from across the country will provide information and resources that support each participant’s ability to transform and improve the quality of their life and overall well-being. The conference is ideal for educators, health and human service and child care providers, parents/caregivers, and community leaders. Dialogue with top specialists, meet celebrities and enjoy a rich and thought provoking time with friends and colleagues. Partial proceeds from this event will benefit The Stay Strong Foundation.


Thursday, April 28, 2011, Rye, NY:

Annual Infancy Policy Forum and meeting of the Infancy Leadership Circles at the NYS AEYC conference

Thursday, April 28, – Saturday, April 30, 2011:

NYS AEYC conference, Westchester County, Hilton Rye Town.

For more information go to:

Friday, May 13, 2011, New York, NY:

New York Zero–To–Three Network Annual Conference

For new information, go to


Visit New York Zero-to-Three Network’s web site, and click on "Take Action" to view new resources for the current Action News from the Infancy Leadership Circles.
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