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18th Annual Spring Conference!
Friday, May 16, 2014 from 8am-4pm
The Conference Center
130 East 59th Street (Between Lexington and Park Avenues), New York, NY 10022
Words of Love: The intersection of language, social and emotional development in young children.
The soothing sounds and gentle touch of a loving caregiver set the foundation for the healthy development of a new baby. Right from the start the words, gestures and affect of the caregiver influence the child's developmental trajectory, facilitating growth of the child's language skills and social-emotional capacities.
This conference focuses on the reciprocal influences of language, social and emotional development in young children and a presents a range of therapeutic approaches with young children and their families.
Our keynote speakers, Gilbert Foley, Ed.D. and Sima Gerber, Ph.D., CCC, will discuss the development of self and symbolic capacities in young children and propose clinically sensitive interventions for working with children with developmental challenges.
The afternoon breakout sessions will address topics including:
- bilingualism in early childhood classrooms
- sign language and music for young children
- social thinking for children with autism or social learning difficulties
- infant development and language
- reflective supervision in speech therapy training
- how to talk with preschoolers
- cultural sensitivity in working with families and their young children
Maria Guzman and Marjane Selleck
Named Recipients of 2014
Emily Fenichel Award
About Emily Fenichel & The Award
The Emily Fenichel Leadership Award is presented each year by New York Zero-to-Three Network to an individual whose contributions to infants and toddlers through practice, research, leadership or advocacy are deemed exemplary by a panel of judges. The award honors the memory of Emily Fenichel, who served as associate director of Zero to Three: The National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families until her tragic death in 2006 in an auto accident. Emily Fenichel was a pioneer in what has become the field of "zero to three," a body of knowledge, a network of people and programs, and a movement dedicated to promoting the well-being of infants and toddlers. She spent 30 years at the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, starting in its early days when there were only two employees and growing into her roles as associate director, editor-in-chief of the influential bimonthly journal Zero to Three, staff coordinator of the National Training Institutes, and mentor to leaders all over North America and beyond. Emily Fenichel's openness, patience, capacity to respect others and unparalleled editing skills brought unheard voices to the field's notice and helped create a sense of community for professionals working with infants and toddlers across disciplinary, systemic and national boundaries.
Join the Circle of Friends of
New York Zero-to-Three Network
We are writing to ask you to make a donation to the New York Zero-to-Three Network, an organization devoted to ensuring that infants and toddlers get off to the right start in life, healthy and ready to learn.
The New York Zero-to-Three Network believes that the best approach to providing this nurturing to infants and toddlers is a holistic one that includes support for parents and the family - the most important people in the young child's life. To achieve this goal, the Network provides peer support to professionals from a range of disciplines and systems that work with infants and toddlers.
The past year has been an exciting one for the New York Zero-to-Three Network culminating with a very successful annual conference that showed record attendance and the expansion of Infancy Leadership Circles throughout New York State. Developed on a shoestring budget, the Infancy Leadership Circles have brought together professionals working with infants and toddlers and their families in eight regions of the State. Each regional Circle has developed and implemented planning to support and advocate for the needs of infants and toddlers in their communities, creating a Statewide Network that will only continue to grow and expand the voice for babies at the local and State level. Additionally, we are working to expand our communication with the New York Zero-to-Three community through the use of various social media to support our work.
The Network depends on donations to continue this special work. Your support of the Network's efforts will make a significant impact in expanding our reach; it will make a difference in the lives of infants and toddlers. We hope that you will become part of the circle of individuals who will play a role in implementing what science is now telling us is possible.
Evelyn Blanck and Priscilla Lincoln
Thank you for your donation!
On November 20, 2013, we welcomed a full house at our 15th "Annual Hedi Levenback Memorial Evening with a Pioneer" to hear Virginia Casper, PhD interview honoree Nancy Balaban, EdD about her experiences in the field of early intervention ... what a wonderful evening it was! We thank all of you who came to celebrate Nancy's accomplishments with us.
In the photo: NYZTT co-presidents with speakers (L to R) Evelyn Blanck, Nancy Balaban, Virginia Casper, Priscilla Lincoln
Marking Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, New York City Group Releases New Brochure
TRAUMA IN YOUNG CHILDREN:
A HUGE PROBLEM HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT AND HOW YOU CAN HELP
The New York City Early Childhood Mental Health Strategic Work Group is pleased to release, "TRAUMA IN YOUNG CHILDREN: A HUGE PROBLEM HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT AND HOW YOU CAN HELP". This new brochure helps to meet a pressing need for succinct and clear information about the importance of recognizing and responding to the all-too-often overlooked problems of trauma in children ages 0-5. The brochure speaks to anyone who comes into contact with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and is expected to be a valuable resource for professionals and other staff members in systems that serve these age groups.
The brochure encourages readers to be on the lookout for trauma, and offers concrete steps they can take to help prevent and alleviate the damage that trauma can cause. The brochure also lists organizations that offer more in-depth information and guidance on this pressing public health problem.
One important impetus for publishing the brochure was the growing body of research documenting the devastating impact of trauma and extreme stress on the brain development of young children and on-long term health and mental health. Compounding these problems, the impacts of repeated trauma are cumulative. The more often children are exposed to or experience traumas, the more likely they will experience social-emotional, academic, and health problems, even into adulthood.
The brochure points out that despite the severity of the condition, trauma in very young children can easily go unrecognized. Symptoms vary enormously from child to child, and many symptoms resemble those of less severe problems (for example, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHA) Furthermore, babies – and often toddlers and preschoolers – cannot tell adults what is wrong. When a child has been subjected to a traumatic event – for example, witnessing a mother’s death or being badly injured in a fire – most people who work with young children will be aware that trauma is a possibility. However, trauma can be missed if it is a result of something less dramatic such as repeated harsh behavior or words that erode a child’s sense of safety and self.
The Workgroup that developed the brochure believes that is imperative to alert sensitive caregivers to the impact of trauma and extreme stress on young children and to make sure they know what they can do to help. We ask that you join us in our information sharing about early childhood trauma by distributing this brochure to anyone who works in a child care facility, hospital, child welfare agency, or early care and education programs, or to others who come into contact with young children.
This brochure was developed as part of the New York City’s Citywide Oversight Committee of the Co-ordinated Children's Services Initiative in response to The New York State Children’s Plan and was made possible with support through a grant from the Regional Technical Assistance Teams – Families Together in New York State.
Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001: A Primary Prevention Project
London: Routledge, (2012)
Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D., Phyllis Cohen, Ph.D., Mark Sossin, Ph.D. and Sara Markese, Ph.D.
with Anni Bergman, Ph.D., Sally Moskowitz, Ph.D., Rita Reiswig, MSW, Suzi Tortora, Ed.D., Donna Demetri Friedman, Ph.D., Joseph Jaffe, M.D., Andrea Remez, Ph.D., Adrianne Lange, M.A., and Marsha Kaitz, Ph.D.
NEW YORK CITY EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGIC WORKGROUP ISSUES A CALL TO ACTION FOR INFANTS, TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS
A leading group of experts has just released a detailed White Paper that calls on public systems in New York City and State to take new actions to address the mental health needs of children before they start school – a time when early intervention and prevention can have powerful effects on how very young children develop. According to the New York City Early Childhood Strategic Work Group, the group that issued the White Paper, a growing body of research makes it clear that mental health problems in many infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are both more prevalent than commonly thought and very often go untreated: Research indicates that as many as 14 percent of U.S. children ages 0-5 experience social-emotional problems that negatively affect their functioning, development and school readiness.
Updating a 2005 report that had a positive impact on the way New York City and State address mental health issues for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, Promoting the Mental Health and Healthy Development of New York's Infants Toddlers and Preschoolers: Advancing the Agenda, Sustaining the Gains: A Call to Action recommends concrete steps that public systems serving children and families in New York City and State can take to help promote the mental health of young children, increasing the likelihood that they enter school ready to learn and with the social-emotional skills they need to start moving toward productive adult hoods.
NYZTT'S FIRST PERFORMANCE REPORT ON INFANCY LEADERSHIP CIRCLES SHOWS ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO STRENGTHEN THE "VOICE FOR BABIES" AND DEVELOP LINKAGES TO OTHER GROUPS AT THE LOCAL, REGIONAL AND STATE LEVEL
The past six months have seen the implementation of four new Infancy Leadership Circles across New York State. Additionally, four existing groups have continued to grow and interact with other Infancy Leadership Circles across the state, and a statewide meeting was held at the annual Infant-Toddler Forum at the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC) Conference.
Six-Month Performance Report on Our Infancy Leadership Circles describes how the Circles act as a catalyst to create partnerships across the areas of Strong Families, Healthy Children and positive Early Learning Experiences while bringing an individualized approach to problem-solving issues in their local community. The report provides individual summaries and brief statistics for the four new groups ( Erie County and Niagara County in Western New York, Westchester County just north of New York City, and the "DOCS" counties—Delaware, Otsego, Chenango, and Schoharie Counties —at the northern fringe of the Catskill Mountains), descriptions of developing state, regional, and local linkages, and recurring concerns that have emerged across the state, as well as how the Circles were financed and managed.
The New York State Infancy Leadership Circles is a project of the New York Zero-to-Three Network based on mounting evidence that experiences in the infant and toddler years are vitally important for so many aspects of healthy development and a productive life. The Infancy Leadership Circles were first conceived in 2007 to be the communication pipeline for the infancy movement in New York State to advance comprehensive services for babies and their families. The current work has been supported in part by the New York State Council on Children and Families with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Initiative.
New York Zero-to-Three Network Releases Assessment of
New York City's Successes and Failures in Meeting the Needs of Infants and Toddlers
New York City is falling short in addressing the specific health and emotional needs of infants and toddlers, leaving them vulnerable to a host of physical, social, and educational problems later in life, says a report released today by the New York Zero-to-Three Network. Entitled "Unequal from the Start: A Check-Up on New York City's Infants and Toddlers, " the report points out that New York City is spending millions of dollars on the treatment of older children for conditions that could have been prevented in the first three years of life. Download the Network's press release, the executive summary, or the full report.