Back to All Events

32nd Annual Infancy Institute—Our Bravest Selves

  • Bank Street College of Education (map)

A three-day institute for caregivers, teachers, directors, trainers, home visitors, parents, early interventionists, developmental specialists, social workers and family childcare providers.

Featuring keynote speaker: Myra Jones-Taylor
Our Bravest Selves

Much has been said and written about our field of early childhood. Policymakers and the media are fond of proclaiming the myriad benefits to society if we invest early. We can all recite the return on investment statistics: every dollar invested in early childhood is $13 saved; children who attend high-quality early care and education are far less likely to rely on public assistance as adults, have children out of wedlock, or go to prison. We do good work. We do important work. But what do all those societal benefits truly amount to when these beautiful children grow up and structural racism and inequality prevent them from realizing all the promise we helped to promote in them in their early years?

In my talk, I challenge audience members to confront the other statistics that define many children’s life experiences as they move into adolescence and adulthood – racial disparities in rates of untreated depression and anxiety, racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality rates, and racial disparities in access to opportunity and wealth-accumulation, to name a few. I urge them to see themselves as crusaders against the structural inequalities that erode children’s bright futures by: addressing implicit bias in the early childhood community, advocating for policies and programs that diversify the early childhood workforce, and forging coalitions with unlikely allies who are fighting for equitable futures for everyone in this country.

Tuesday afternoon presentation: World Class Trip: Teaching Towards the Global Community, Dr. Robin Hancock, Director, The Guttman Center for Early Care and Education at Bank Street College

Workshops topics include:

  • Art

  • Family engagement

  • Toddler Watch

  • Baby Watch

  • Using books with very young children

  • Earliest math

  • Music and science

  • Challenging Behaviors

  • Emotionally Responsive Practice (ERP)

  • Cooking

  • Teacher Wellness – for teachers and administrators

  • Teaching very young children about race and equity

  • Environments for very young children

  • Sensory activities with very young children

  • Understanding the impact of immigration on infant/toddler development

  • Understanding trauma

  • Starting your own family child care business

  • And more!

+ center visits!