Annual Fall Conference

Navigating the Transitions of Child Care

Transitions can be one of the most difficult things you face as a child care provider. Whether you’re trying to get a group of toddlers to switch activities, prepping your preschoolers for Kindergarten or welcoming a new child into your program, periods of transition and change are something all child care providers face and can be hard for both the child and their family. We’ve designed this fall’s conference to give you the tools and ideas needed to foster smooth, effective transitions in early childhood education.

The transition to Kindergarten is an important milestone both for the child and their families. For the first time ever, we've teamed up with local school districts to host a Kindergarten Transition Summit during the first half of the conference. Our goal is to bring school district staff and child care providers together to plan how to make this transition as successful as possible. You’ll earn a total of 6 OCFS credit hours at the conference; 3 hours for attending the Summit, and 1.5 hours for each afternoon workshop you attend. Please call us at (315) 446-1220 if you have any questions about the conference. 

The summit will cover OCFS categories 1, 3 & 4 and include; 

  • A panel discussion featuring personnel from the NYSED, local school districts, parents, and child care providers.
  • Break out discussions where you’ll have the opportunity to discuss current transition practices with school district staff members, align practices between child care programs and school districts, and develop activities to use with children. 
  • A review of the new Education Department standards by Tina Rose-Turriglio, NYSED Office of Early Learning & Sarah Hughes, RMC Research Corporation. 

Conference Schedule

8:00 – 9:00 AM: Registration

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Kindergarten Transition Summit 

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM: Visit Community Resource Tables

12:15 PM - 12:55 PM: Networking Lunch & Prize Raffle

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Workshop Session 1

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Workshop Session 2

4:00 PM: End of Conference 

Registration Information

We offer three convenient ways to sign up:

  1. Visit our website and register online. 
  2. Call us at (315) 446-1220 and register over the phone. 
  3. Print the conference registration form, and mail completed form with payment to 6724 Thompson Road, Syracuse, NY 13211


Workshop Descriptions

  • The Emotional Rollercoaster of Preparing for Kindergarten *This workshop is almost full, only a few seats left!

Both children and parents feel a mix of many emotions as they prepare for the new adventure called “kindergarten.” We’ll explore why this is a stressful time for both the child and parent, and learn to recognize signs a child might show when feeling stress. Participants will also discuss and share ways providers can support both the child and parent through this exciting, but stressful time!

Instructor: Kristi Cusa

OCFS Categories: 1 , 3 , 4

  • Infant-Toddler Toy Making

Participants in this workshop will explore transitional, developmentally appropriate toys for infants and toddlers and learn how simple it is to create your own! We’ll also discuss how you can promote kindergarten readiness by implementing these toys into the environment and working with the children in your program. 

Instructor: Tessa Bolia

OCFS Categories: 1 , 3 , 4

  • Infection Control

Join us for this popular workshop! We’ll explore common health and infection control situations you might encounter as a child care provider. Using “real-life” scenarios, we’ll discuss the regulations regarding health and infection control and how you can use the regulations to address these situations. You’ll have the chance to ask questions if you are unclear about using the regulations regarding health and infection control. 

Instructor: Tiffany Zappala

OCFS Categories: 2 , 3 , 7

  • Successful Separation: Supporting Parents and Children

Starting in a new program, moving to a new classroom or school be a tough transition for the child as well as their family. In this session, we’ll talk about why planning for both the child and family will result in a transition that sets the tone for a positive start in a new setting. We’ll discuss ways you can maintain open communication, involve the child’s family in the transition process from the beginning, how to build the child’s confidence as the transition approaches, and why collaborating with the other professionals involved in the transition to ensure a team approach is important. You’ll leave this workshop with the ideas and tools needed to think about transitions and separations as an opportunity of growth, independence, and excitement!

Instructor: Kristy Sherman

OCFS Categories: 1 , 4

  • Using Songs and Fingerplays  *No seats remain, workshop is full. 

In this workshop, you’ll learn and share songs and fingerplays to use your child care program. We’ll discuss why songs and fingerplays are great to use and how they help children cope during daily transitions, ways you can incorporate them into your day, and why they help prepare for the eventual transition to kindergarten.

Instructor: Lisa Potter

OCFS Categories: 1 , 3

  • Supporting Parent and Infant Relationships: Being Your Child’s First Teacher

Did you know the foundation for school preparation begins as early as pregnancy, which makes a child’s parents their first teacher? During this workshop, we’ll explore different ways you can encourage school readiness when working with infants and toddlers both in your program and at home. We’ll talk about ways to strengthen your relationship with a child’s parent or guardian, empowering the family to be involved in the child’s daycare experience, development, and learning.

Instructor: Casey Miner

OCFS Categories: 1 , 4


Location & Directions

OCM BOCES – Main Campus**

110 Elwood Davis Road

**This is NOT the OCM BOCES off Morgan Road. The correct building is located near the corner of 7th North Street and Buckley Road in Liverpool. Please don’t hesitate to call (315) 446-1220 if you have any questions or concerns about finding the location.