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In April 2013 two PDP staff members presented workshops at the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC) Annual Conference. The event was held at the Turning Stone Resort and Conference Center in Verona, New York, and attended by over 1,300 child day care professionals. Conference presentations ranged from stressing the importance of strengthening families and communities to identifying strategies for integrating math, science and reading into children's play.
Wendy Calabrese-Sampone, PDP Sr. Education Specialist, presented a workshop with two Licensors from the New York State Office of Children Family Services. The workshop was titled Developing a Professional Partnership with your Regulator (Licensor/Registrar). This presentation gave staff working in NYS regulated child day care programs tips for developing and maintaining a professional partnership with the individuals who are responsible for monitoring their program for regulatory compliance. By partnering with their regulator, program administrators can more easily self-comply with the requirements of healthy, safe and developmentally appropriate child care.
Torie Seeger, PDP Principal Education Specialist, presented a workshop titled Transition—It's A Verb! This workshop gave child day care providers an opportunity to think about transitioning child day care children from one activity to another in a purposeful way to enrich children's learning. Participants were able to discuss challenging transition situations and develop a plethora of strategies that help children learn and grow during transition timeframes. One participant evaluation indicated, "I've never considered planning for transitions—I'm going to start on Monday!"