NYSAEYC 2015 Annual Conference

Thursday, April 9th

Pre-Conference Event



To Note

Forum on Accreditation

8:00am – 9:15am

Avril Mills, amills@nysaeyc.org

By Registration

EXPLORING VIEWPOINTS - For many of us, NAEYC and NAFCC Accreditation is a sure road to quality and has many undeniable advantages to child care homes and centers. The process of NAEYC and NAFCC Accreditation allows a good program to become great and brings unexpected benefits to children, families, and staff in early care and education programs.

In spite of what we may believe about its advantages, program providers, both home and center-based, often express reluctance to engage in the quality improvement process.

Join this forum to share your perspective on the topic of program improvement through NAEYC and NAFCC Accreditation. Learn ways to encourage family and center providers to take the plunge, discover innovative ideas for supporting programs through the process, and learn about incentives that work 


MEALS: Continental Breakfast with coffee and tea will be sponsored by QS2 Training and Consulting

FACILITATORS: Stephanie Dockweiler, Mary Louise Musler, & Diana Webb

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Higher Education Forum


Nancy Gabriel, gabrieln@sunyocc.edu

 By Invitation

The New York State Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators,(NYSAECTE), New York StateACCESS and the NYSAECYC Higher Education Committee are sponsoring their annual New York State Higher Education Conference on April 9 from 9:00AM – 3:00PM.  Dr. Marcy Guddemi, President of the Gesell Institute at Yale University will be the keynote speaker. The title of her presentation is: “Common Sense for the Common Core Starts with Understanding Neuroscience and Child Development”. Research presentations by Dr. Victoria Fantozzi from Manhattanville College and Dr. Jeanne Galbraith from SUNY, Cortland will also be featured.  A round table discussion focused on declining early childhood college student enrollment and articulation agreements as well as an open forum discussing concerns, issues and strategies for student success on the NYS Teacher Certification Tests are included in the program. The higher education organizations will hold separate meetings after the conference. 


Trainer Institute

9:30am – 5:00pm

Avril Mills, amills@nysaeyc.org

By Registration

Make Your Training Transfer into Practice - The purpose of training is to help participants transfer knowledge and skills to their work. If training transfer does not occur then attending the training was a waste of the participant’s time and money, and yours!  So how do we make sure that training transfer happens?  The answer lies in having a sound understanding of adult learning theories and using motivation strategies in training. 

This day-long trainer institute is designed for credentialed trainers and will focus on:

·         Applying adult learning theory ● Being a culturally responsive trainer ●Refreshing your platform skills ● Dealing with difficult participants ●Using technology appropriately● Developing curriculum ● Effectively evaluating training transfer

So whether you have been training for one-year or fifty-years, this is an event where you can join other professional colleagues and walk away with new ideas, methods, and ways to increase the training transfer in your next training.

COST: $100.00

MEALS: Lunch included in the fee


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Participants must hold the New York State Early Learning Trainer Credential as a Level 1, 2 or 3 Credentialed Trainer or meet the eligibility requirements to become a Level 1, 2 or 3 Credentialed Trainer.

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Eligibility will be confirmed through Aspire profiles. (Participants must have an active Aspire profile to attend)

A minimum of 35 registrants is needed by March 18, 2015 for this event to occur. 

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Using the Environmental Rating Scales as a Tool for Quality Improvement

ECERS-R – 9:30am – 12:30pm

ITERS-R – 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Event facilitated by Suzanne Dohm, contactus@nysaeyc.org


By Registration

ECERS-R and ITERS-R are widely utilized assessment quality instruments.  ECERS-R is used as an instrument to assess quality in classrooms for children 2.5 – 5 years old.  ITERS-R defines its use for children that are infants up to 11 months and toddlers from 12 to 30 months.  Another way to use these instruments is as a guide for development and supervision of classrooms.  Using the indicators in each of the items is a way to clearly specify what is the expectation of what materials should be in the room and what should be occurring in that classroom. The tool can be a guide to assist teaching staff to meet the developmental needs of all their children.


ECERS-R - 9:30am-12:30pm

  • Conference Attendee: $50.00 (includes assessment tool)
  • Non-Conference Attendee: $70.00 (Includes assessment tool)


ITERS-R - 2:00pm-5:00pm


  • Conference Attendee: $50.00 (includes assessment tool)
  • Non-Conference Attendee: $70.00 (Includes assessment tool)

Lunch Option

Lunch will be avaliable for all registered attendees. A Supreme Salad Bar inclusive of mixed greens, various vegetables, dressings, tortellini pasta salad, tuna, chicken and egg salad, sliced, fresh fruit and two dessert options, and so much more will be provided.


  • Conference Attendee: $25.00
  • Non-Conference Attendee: $30.00


CCR&R Networking Event


Karen Harkness, kharkness@earlycareandlearning.org

By Invitation

Join staff from the  Early Care and Learning Council to network with other Child Care Resource & Referral staff.

We encourage Health Care Consultants, Infant Toddler Specialists, Trainers and other CCR&R staff to participate.


TIME: 5:00-6:00pm

LOCATION: Over Under Sports Lounge

Cash bar and snacks will be available.

For additional information; contact Karen Harkness at kharkness@earlycareandlearning.org 

CLICK HERE to visit the Professional Development Provider Pre-Conference Information Webpage.