Training & Workshop Descriptions

The Mid-Hudson Regional Early Childhood Direction Center offers free trainings and workshops for parents and professionals concerned about children from birth to five with suspected or diagnosed learning delays or disabilities throughout the Hudson Valley region of New York.

Advocating For Your Child

For Parents (Available in English/Spanish)

This training is especially designed for parents who have children with disabilities. The information provided will help each parent teach a child to speak up for him/herself or help the parent become more comfortable speaking on behalf of the child. Each participant will learn how to plan, prepare, and present information to achieve desired results. Four areas of advocacy will be explored: education, family, medical and community. Come and learn your rights and responsibilities to effectively communicate your child’s needs and desires.

A Parent’s Perspective

For Professionals, College Students, and Providers

This training is designed to help participants identify emotions parents may exhibit when speaking about his/her a child with a disability, gain some strategies to enhance collaborative communication with parents and other professionals. The presenter will share personal experiences, discuss some strategies caregivers can utilize to support parents and share information and resources.

Creating the Ultimate Classroom: Strategies to Address Learning Differences

For staff: (OCFS Training requirements-Principles of Early Childhood Development)

This training will examine existing early childhood classroom structures to ensure a variety of learning styles and gender differences are integrated. Brain research and evidence based practices related to gender differences will be introduced. Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic learning styles and strategies to incorporate these differences in the environment will be illustrated. Problem solving and self-regulating strategies for children will be included.  Participants will be engaged in activities that: teach to reframe problem statements to positive ones, develop strategies to modify and adapt current curriculum, and  promote attention, focus, and calmness through multi-sensory activities.

Everyday Behavior Management (available in English/Spanish)

For Staff (OCFS Training Requirement- Principles of Early Childhood Development)

Who’s in Charge at Your House

For Parents

This workshop will examine the history of traditional classroom (or household) discipline and alternate, effective methods of classroom/home management; including guidance and conflict resolution. Participants will learn to identify mistaken and misbehavior and explore the consequences of punishment and the benefits of positive guidance. Six key guidance practices of a successful learning environment will be discussed and strategies to increase appropriate social and learning behaviors will be explored.

Family Relationships and Communication (Available in English/Spanish)

For Staff (OCFS Training Requirement- Child Day Care Program Development)

This staff training presents the importance developing positive family relationships and communication in a child care setting and strategies that can improve current practices. Attitudes, perceptions, center policies and indicators of quality programs that foster family relationships are addressed. Similarities/differences in the roles of parents and teachers, differences in child rearing practices, factors that undermine relationships, positive approaches to address parents with concerns and effective conferencing skills are explored. Participants will role-play a “parent conference”, identify personal strengths and weaknesses, and develop strategies for “collaborative conversations”. Articles and bibliography are included.

How I Grow – Child Development  (Available in English/Spanish)

For Parents and Staff (OCFS Training requirement-Principles of Early Childhood Development)

This training explores the five domains of child development and their importance, developmental milestones, and the “Red Flags” concerning a child’s development. Procedures for observation, assessment and documentation to identify developmental delays and disabilities are included. Strategies for conferencing with families about developmental concerns and information concerning referrals to Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education Programs are included.

Inclusion; Who Benefits?

For Parents and Staff (OCFS Training Requirement- Child Day Care Program Development or Statutes and Regulations pertaining to Child Day Care)

This training examines the Federal and NY State laws including: No Child Left Behind, The Education Law, IDEA, and Americans with Disability Act, and the Regulations of the NYS Education Commissioner related to special education. A review of the least restrictive environment (LRE) and free appropriate, public education (FAPE) will be included. This training also provides information on the advantages and barriers to working with children who have delays and/or disabilities. Participants will learn to modify and adapt the classroom environment, materials, and curriculum to accommodate all children. Information and strategies for establishing positive family-staff relationships are included.

Literacy at Home and in the Classroom (available in English/Spanish)

For Staff (OCFS Training Requirement-Principles of Early Childhood Development)

Literacy at Home

For Parents

Parents and child care provider’s are children’s first teachers and it is essential to provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to create environments that will promote school readiness and continued school success. This training will explore: the value and importance of literacy development, the factors that contribute/adversely effect literacy development and school success, early literacy competencies, strategies and skills to organize the environment to foster literacy development, and evidence based instructional practices that will help develop appropriate learning activities for all children.

Notes, Pictures, Portfolios, Informal Assessment

For Staff (OCFS Training Requirement-Child Day Care Program Development)

This training is designed to help providers and educators understand the differences between formal and informal assessments; their purposes and uses. Participants will understand the value and importance of collecting children’s work on a regular basis and learn to identify the skills and abilities that are demonstrated in various centers of the classroom. In addition, instruction and interactive activities will be provided on recording observations, notes, and anecdotal records for the purpose of evaluation, conferencing and planning are included.

Quality Improvement: A Tune-up or Major Overhaul

For Staff (OCFS Training Requirement-Child Day Care Program Development)

A well-organized environment creates a welcoming and accessible setting that fosters health, safety, positive behavior, and engaging learning experiences across all domains. This on-site technical assistance is provided to early childhood professionals interested in developing or improving the current program. An Early Childhood Specialist will utilize researched based early childhood program standards to help staff examine the program’s structure, design, curriculum and environment and offer recommendations to ensure that children will experience high-quality program activities and services.

Social and Emotional Development in Young Children (Available in English/Spanish)

For Parents and Staff (OCFS Training Requirement- Principles of Early Childhood Development)

This training is designed to assist teachers identify the skills children need to recognize and manage their emotions. Participants will learn the importance of deliberately planning classroom environments, lessons, activities to help children develop care and concern for others, make responsible decisions, form positive relationships, and successfully handle the demands of growing up in today’s society. Bullying and challenging behavior will be addressed.

The Power of Play

For Staff (OCFS Training Requirement-Child Day Care Program Development)

From earliest infancy, play is the primary way children learn. Through play, children eagerly use all the “tools” they have at their disposal—their bodies, their relationships with their family and peers, and the world around them. Play enhances all the domains of healthy development including: cognitive, motor, language& literacy and social and emotional skills. It is through play that much of children’s early learning is achieved. Training participants will learn to identify the types and stages of play, justify the inclusion of play in the curriculum, Identify teaching strategies to enhance play and demonstrate teaching strategies that provoke children to more complex play and thought processes.  Videos, vignettes, and interactive activities will be included.

Transitioning from Early Intervention to Preschool Special Education”(Available in English/Spanish)

For Parents and Staff (OCFS Training Requirement-Child Day Care Program Development)

This training is especially designed for parents who have been receiving services through the Early Intervention Program with children who are about to “age out” of the program. Information about the importance of planning for all children receiving EI services, the transition meeting, continuity of services, service coordination, Preschool Special Education eligibility, IEP’s, and declassification are addressed. Information on the State Performance Plan will be included.

Transitioning from Preschool to Kindergarten (Available in English/Spanish)

For Parents and Staff (OCFS Training Requirements-Child Day Care Program Development)

This training is especially designed for parents who have children receiving services in preschool special education and are transitioning to the school age program. Information includes the special education process, timelines, multidisciplinary evaluations, preparation for meeting with the committee, least restrictive environment, service options, annual review, advocacy, parent consent, and rights & responsibilities. Laws and regulations are presented and a resource list is provided.

What Is Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education?

For Parents and Staff (OCFS Training Requirements-Child Day Care Program Development)

This training provides information about the Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education Programs including: access to the programs, age eligibility, referrals, evaluations, family and educational plans, services available and committee members. Participants explore the similarities and differences between the two programs, the laws and regulations that govern each program, parental rights and responsibilities, mediation and impartial hearings. Lists of contacts and resources are provided.