Annual Conference

28th Annual

CCAEYC Fall Conference

The Importance of Early Childhood: Honoring Children, Providers, Teachers and Families.

 Conference is Co-Sponsored by CCAEYC, Chautauqua Lake Central School, Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center, Chautauqua Child Care Council/COI Campus and Community Children’s Center, Jamestown Community College 

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Location:  Chautauqua Lake Central School

100 North Erie Street, Mayville, New York

Keynote Speaker: Dr. James Tracy, Superintendent of Dunkirk Schools 
For more information about the conference or joining CCAEYC, please email Jennifer Berke at:

 Track 1  Session 1 Workshops:  9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

 A. Family Engagement presented by Virginia Miller, Program Coordinator at Lake Shore Family Center.

Communication is a great start to establishing and maintaining a strong relationship between ECE providers and the families they serve. This workshop will provide participants with real and concrete ways to make meaningful connections with families in ways that are culturally responsive, inclusive, and welcoming to all. Strong connections with families are an integral building block in providing the highest quality of care for young children.

B., My Plate for Picky Eaters presented by Stephanie Caputo, Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant and Holistic Nutrition Consultant.

This workshop will provide tips for getting children to eat healthy foods.  Helping children to establish healthy eating habits now not only helps prevent childhood obesity but can also help them to enjoy better health throughout their entire lives.

C. Child Abuse and Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention presented by Tammy Racino

This workshop will cover the roles and responsibilities for a mandated reporter in New York State.  In addition, information will be shared on Sudden Infant Death syndrome and Shaken Baby Syndrome, both extremely important topics when working with young children.

Track 1 Session 2 Workshops: 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM 

A. Combating Toxic Messages by Analyzing Today’s Media presented by Tracy Jespersen, CASAC (Chautauqua Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council) Community Educator.

Media has a powerful influence on our lives and consuming media has both positive and negative consequences. Discover a new approach for protecting our children and adolescents from the unhealthy and negative effects of media by empowering them with a better understanding of the media and giving them control over the messages they receive.

B. Dealing with Children With Special Behaviors presented by Laurie Reynolds, CASAC (Chautauqua Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council) Director of Program Services.

This training will introduce participants to the different behavioral roles that are developed within a family with an alcohol or other drug problem and provide ways for effectively dealing with those behaviors. Results/strengths associated with each role will be reviewed and how the caregiver/professional can build on these strengths. The techniques described are aimed at both reducing the difficulties experienced in dealing with these youth and providing ways to engage them in a positive manner.

C. Are You New to Child Care? Presented by Chris Wigren, Registrar, Chautauqua Child Care Council.

This workshop is for those:   who are interested in becoming a registered/licensed family child care provider – or – who are newly registered or licensed family/group family child care providers – or – who have recently started to work in a registered or licensed child care facility.  Recordkeeping and regulations will be among the topics discussed.

A. Lunch & Learn 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

B. Lunch & Network 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Lunch and Learn sessions will be presented by Lakeshore Learning and Discount School Supply, and participants will receive .75 hours of training credit. Those who prefer to have lunch to network with no presentation will not receive training credit.

Track 2 Workshops:  1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

A. Experiencing Nature with Toddlers and Preschoolers presented by Marie Johnston, Infant/Toddler Teacher at Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center.

Participants will discover ways to incorporate natural materials into the classroom and experience a model nature walk.  Ways to document nature activities for children and families will also be discussed.

 B. Obesity Prevention Through Movement presented by Susan Marker, Chautauqua Child Care Council Director.

Regulations require that children have the opportunity for physical activity every day they are in care.  Getting children active is an important way to help keep them happy and healthy as well as engaged in learning.  This will be an interactive workshop so come prepared for hands-on learning and moving and fun!

C. Here’s the curriculum. Now what?! What do I do next? presented by Dr. Mira Berkley

Let’s take a look at how curriculum materials can be used to support developmentally appropriate practices. The children and their interests should drive how programs use packaged curriculum materials/resources. Let’s take some time to see how that is done!

D. Creating a Family Like Atmosphere in an Early Childhood Classrooms with Cooking and Music presented by Jeremy Daly-Griffen.

In this workshop, we will explore the importance of baking weekly in the classroom.  We will discuss possible ways to set up an environment with weekly assistances in order to achieve success. There are a multitude of educational standards that can be addressed through cooking interactively with students.  Through creativity, reflection and careful analysis of your classroom environment, you can create a more home-like educational experience.