Current research shows the critical stages of a child’s development includes the birth to toddler years. We invite childcare centers and/or parents to join us for this exciting opportunity to support learning at the earliest stages of a child’s life.
New this year, the Early Childhood Winter Conference will offer sessions for those who work with our youngest learners.
Interested in increasing the quality of your infant classroom? Then, this is the session for you. This training will provide details on how to ensure that caregiving in your classroom is responsive, sensitive to children, engaging, fun and infused with language stimulation.
Jamese Stancill, Harris County Department of Education
Audience: 0-15 months Social/Emotional Development
Time: 12:45 and 2:00 p.m. Room: 2112
Positive interactions play a key role in the way toddlers learn and develop. Language, cognitive development and social emotional development are key factors that must be taught to assist toddlers in managing and expressing their emotions, learning to think and interacting positively with others. In this session, you will learn how to make your interactions with toddlers count by increasing your conversations in a manner that will have an impact on the way they learn to communicate with others for the rest of their lives.
Pamela Jones-Lee, Harris County Department of Education
Audience: 16-35 months Social/Emotional Development
Time: 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Room: 2112
Gone are the days of “teaching reading” starting in first grade. Research has shown that children who do not acquire emergent literacy skills are at risk for reading failure. How does this affect your infant through pre-school classroom? What elements of literacy are necessary in your environment? Participants during this training will draw on their own knowledge base of early literacy while building new sets of core knowledge. It is interactive, amusing and informative.
Dr. Mary E. White
Audience: Infant to PPCD/PK Language/Literacy
Time: 12:45 and 2:00 p.m. Room: 2114
Academic skills are important but so are social and emotional skills which often get shortchanged in early childhood curriculums. The development of social and emotional intelligence requires intentional instruction and diverse personal interactions. This session will focus on strategies for optimizing this important area of development.
Pam Schiller, Ph.D.
Audience: Birth to Kindergarten Social/Emotional Development
Time: 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Room: Dance Studio