Welcome to the MaineAEYC Fall 2017 Conference!

Hungry for Connection: Social Emotional Development Birth through Age Eight

Saturday, October 21st, 2017
7.0 training hours

Bowdoin College, Brunswick: Bowdoin Map

The conference is on the campus of Bowdoin College. Our main meeting area, where we will start the day is in Daggett Lounge that is located in the Thorne Building (#68/67 on map). On the map this building is highlighted in orange. Parking options are highlighted in blue. The best GPS address to use is 6 South Street Brunswick. During the conference, we will also be using the Edwards Art Building (#92 on map) and the Children’s Center (#74 on map). All of these buildings are highlighted in pink.

Conference Schedule

8:00 AM Registration, Refreshments & Networking

8:45 AM Welcome! Anne Adams, MaineAEYC & Claire Berkowitz, Maine Children’s Alliance

9:15 AM Keynote Address: Lauren Wiley

11:15 PM Marcia Lovell Award Presentation

12:00 PM Lunch (included in registration fee)

1:00 PM Breakout Sessions

3:00 PM Closing Gathering & Evaluations

Keynote: Lauren Wiley, M.Ed.

The Goodness of Fit in Attachment

Attachment is a process that occurs through a relationship between at least two individuals. Children use early attachments as models for behavior; sometimes favorable and other times more challenging or difficult. What if we pause for a moment longer to wonder why certain behaviors or even certain children are more challenging and difficult for us than others? What makes children behave in different ways with different adults? What makes it possible for a “goodness of fit” or “attachment” to exist between a child and an adult? Lauren shared ideas and thoughts that provided insight into the answers to these questions. She used attachment as a lens to look closely at our reaction to the challenging and difficult behaviors so that we can understand them better and respond in ways that are more effective.

Keynote Presentation




Breakout Sessions and Resources:

Strengthening Early Attachments, Mary Beth Lawton

Attachment theory is based on the belief that relationships are the primary force in development and form the basis of a child’s future relationships, coping strategies, personality development and social-emotional health. Nearly forty percent of all children fail to develop secure attachments with their caregivers; these children often exhibit challenging behavior in the classroom. Participants in this workshop will learn how to recognize attachment-related behaviors in young children and how to strengthen parent-child, parent-professional and professional-child relationships in attachment-based early childhood programs.

Take a Look It’s In a Book, Karen Richards Toothaker

Children’s picture books provide a familiar and comforting source to help build and support young children’s social emotional development. In this session participants will: gain knowledge of quality bibliotherapy children’s literature, share picture books that provide opportunity to open discussions, explore the use of these books birth to age eight, learn music and hands-on activities that enhance the text and pictures, and receive research associated with using bibliotherapy children’s literature.

Magical, Wonderful Me: Nurturing Self Awareness, Robin Holman

This session integrates movement, meditation, positive affirmations, and creative expression as we explore the importance of nurturing self-awareness in young children on a daily basis. In order to sustain educational programs that support emotional and social development, it can helpful to understand such concepts on a personal level. The strategies, ideas, and activities explored in this session not only apply to young children but also to you, the educator. During this session you will have time to nurture your own emotional self as you learn different ways to encourage and support the myriad of emotions that children often display.

Emotions, Relationships and Learning, Sarah MacLaughlin

We want all children to grow up able to manage their emotions and get along with others. Relationships and social-emotional skills are the vital foundation for all other learning. This workshop will help you guide young children in learning valuable communication, self-regulation, and problem-solving skills, help foster more connected and calm relationships with the children in your care, and create a more peaceful classroom.

Continuity of Care: The Why and How of Building Long Term Attachments in Your Program, Martha Eshoo

Presenting with a panel of three lead educators at the Bowdoin College Children’s Center; Katie Wright, Beth Amaral and Crary Chandler
Continuity of Care sets the stage for solid, trusting relationships and the foundation that is critical for each child to experience in the first three to five years. The goal of the continuity of care model is to build foundational and meaningful relationships with a primary person outside of the family circle. In the continuity of care model, the person is the initial primary educator. As children move with their primary caregiver from one room to the next, this relationship builds and renews itself. Milestones are reached, the relationship deepens, and stress of transitions is limited. In this session, participants will learn about the theory and research behind this model, identify the benefits and consider the challenges that are present when introducing and implementing this care design. Martha was joined by a teacher panel who has been working within a COC model for over three years in order to share practical experience as primary caregivers in group settings.

Curriculum Approaches Designed to Support Children who Experience Trauma, Michael Sandberg

Children facing difficult times need two things from us in child care. They need a supportive and warm relationship and they need opportunities to process their problems in play while gaining a sense of mastery. That sounds easy to do, but in reality it can be a lot of hard work. We have to deal with our own emotional and professional responses to their behaviors and to their impact on the other children. We also have to find ways to make the space and materials for them to act out their feelings in constructive ways. This workshop will explore the impact of trauma on children and how we can respond to them in a way that will bring benefits to everyone involved.