Growing Together Conference

Join Child Care Solutions on Sunday, March 4th, 2018 for the 2018 Seanna M. Donley Growing Together Conference, Focus on Families: Considerations for Caregivers. This conference will feature training workshops exploring topics that child care providers might face when interacting with parents and families. Conference attendees will earn up to 4.5 OCFS training hours attending three workshops, and enjoy a networking lunch and door prize raffle -- for only $35! We recommend registering early for best workshop selections and to secure your spot: this conference sold out last year! Online registration for the conference is available by clicking here. You may also print and send completed registration form with payment to 6724 Thompson Road, Syracuse, NY 13211; download the registration form here. If you have any questions regarding the conference or would like to register over the phone, please give us a call at (315) 446-1220. We look forward to seeing you on March 4th!

Workshop Descriptions

Making Families Feel Welcome: Participants will assess and discuss their practices for making families feel welcome in their setting. This training will cover topics such as ensuring the physical environment reflects the children and families you work with, strategies to build relationships with children and families right from the beginning, and communication techniques you can use with families.

OCFS Categories: 1 , 3

Successful Separations: Supporting Parents and Their Children: Leaving your infant or toddler at childcare can be an overwhelming feeling. Parents and children need support and understanding to help them successfully navigate the challenges of separating at drop off time.

OCFS Categories: 1 , 4

Positive Behavior Guidance: Participants will gain positive strategies for reducing the likelihood of challenging behaviors in preschool children, such as creating a nurturing relationship with children and providing a predictable routine. Participants will also discuss strategies to manage challenging behaviors once they have occurred and also review the OCFS Regulations section on behavior management.

OCFS Categories: 1 , 3 , 7

Supporting Different Family Structures: This training will take a close look at the dynamics in families who are made up of the following family structures; grandparents raising grandchildren, parents deployed in the military, incarcerated parents and helicopter parents.

OCFS Categories: 1 , 3

Child Abuse & Maltreatment/Neglect w/Shaken Baby Syndrome: This training will cover the components of child abuse and maltreatment/neglect required by OCFS. Participants will learn how to recognize the signs of child abuse and maltreatment/neglect and how to document and report suspected cases.

OCFS Categories: 5 , 6 , 8 , 9

Conference Schedule

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

8:00 AM: Registration Begins

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM: Workshops Session One

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM: Workshops Session Two

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM: Networking Lunch & Door Prize Raffle

12:45 PM – 2:15 PM: Workshops Session Three

2:15 PM: Conference Ends