Spring Conference 2021


to our Spring Conference of 2021!


We’ll again be using the Zoom platform this year to bring you an interactive, educational, fun event that you won’t want to miss!  Two Saturday's will be offered to accommodate everyone’s schedule.  This year’s conference we are calling The GREATEST Conference on Earth!!!  and you will be able to attend both dates or and date offered.

Saturday, April 10th and Saturday, May 1st are the days offered.  From 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.  You will receive 3 hours of training for each date you attend.  If you attend both dates you will receive 7 credit hours with most of the required OCFS categories covered to include the "new" category 10. 

Click to REGISTER for both (or only one) of the dates offered.

Additional Information

In order to attend the virtual conference, you’ll need a working email address, an Internet connection, and access to a device that runs Zoom. Zoom is a free application available on laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. We recommend visiting this website, https://support.zoom.us, for a list of compatible devices and installation instructions. 

If you haven’t used Zoom before, their website has a number of incredibly helpful how-to videos and other resources for new users: https://zoom.us/resources 

Those who register for the conference before November 11th will be mailed a “conference kit” - please include your current mailing address when completing your registration. Those who register after November 11th may pick their conference kit up at our Syracuse office during normal business hours. You’ll also receive an email reminder before the conference; this email will contain the Zoom meeting link. On the day of the conference, simply click the Zoom meeting link or type the link into your search bar. If this is your first time joining us on Zoom, we recommend logging on 10-15 minutes before the scheduled time in case you have any technical issues or questions. 

Financial Assistance

Most providers qualify for financial aid to cover the cost of attending our annual conference through either the CSEA/Voice Professional Development Program or EIP (Educational Incentive Program). For more information about these programs, visit our financial assistance for training webpage, or give us a call at (315) 446-1220!

Conference Schedule

Saturday, April 10th, 2021

  • 8:30 AM - 9:30 PM: Welcome! 
  • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM: Challenging Behaviors for Infants & Toddlers
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Addressing the Nutritional Needs of Infants & Toddlers
  • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM: Lunch
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: STEM with Infants and Toddlers
  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Conference Wrap Up

Saturday, May 1st, 2021

  • 8:30 AM - 9:30 PM: Welcome! 
  • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM: What Can We Do About Adverse Childhood Experiences?
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Staying in Regulation During COVID-19
  • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM: Lunch
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Hey! Start Clowing Around
  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Conference Wrap Up

Workshop Descriptions

Below are the descriptions for the training workshops offered this year. You earn a 1 hour training credit for every workshop you attend. Those who attend all conference workshops will earn a total of 7 credit hours!  Training certificates will be mailed after the conference. 

Challenging Behaviors for Infants and Toddlers: This training will focus on some of the challenging behaviors we regularly see in child care programs with infants and toddlers.  We will look into causes of these behaviors, as well as appropriate responses and how we can assist in prevention.

Instructor: Tessa Bolia, CCS Infant Toddler Mental Health Consultant

OCFS Categories: 1, 3, 4, 7

Addressing the Nutritional Needs of Infants and Toddlers: Participants will review the importance of nutrition for the physical, social and emotional growth of infants and toddlers.

Instructor: Casey Miner

OCFS Categories: 1 , 2, 3

STEM with Infants and Toddlers: Incorporating STEM with infants and toddlers is an important factor in learning and development.  This training will discuss the importance of STEM as well as ways to implement STEM into your infant and toddler programs.

Instructor: Krity Sherman

OCFS Categories: 1, 3

What Can We Do About Adverse Childhood Experiences?: This training will give childcare providers a better understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and strategies that can be used in our programs to reduce ACEs.

Instructor: Lisa Potter

OCFS Categories: 3 , 10

Staying in Regulation During COVID-19: During this session, we will discuss five major topics that are providing to be confusing to many childcare providers around how to stay in regulation with OCFS but also follow current DOH guidance related to COVID-19. In addition, time will be provided at the end of the session for an open forum to allow providers to discuss different ways they are implementing new strategies based on current DOH guidance while staying in regulation with OCFS.

Instructor: Tiffany Zappala, CCS Health CareConsultant

OCFS Categories: 2, 3, 4, 7

Hey! Start Clowning Around!: The fun-filled training will introduce a myriad of ways you can use a "circus" theme across all domains of learning to teach young children.  We will look at activities that involve creative expression, large and small motor skills, math and reading concepts and much more.  Attendees to this training will leave with a multitude of ideas to create their own "big top of learning" in their own early childhood program.

Instructor: Kristi Cusa

OCFS Categories: 1 , 3