Research

The seven classrooms in the Center are equipped with observation booths that are used by college students, faculty, parents, visitors, and researchers.  These booths provide researchers with the opportunity to observe children in a natural context.
Research projects have ranged from the effects of infant child care on attachment to the development of emergent literacy.  All research projects must be approved.

Recent External Research Activities at CSDC

  • An Ergonomic Assessment for Early Childcare Workers, Dr. Vidya Sundar, Occupational Therapy, Kimberly Reilly, Undergrad. Student, Occupational Therapy, 2018
  • Executive Function, Metacognition, and Family Activities: Exploration of Cognitive and Environmental Predictors of Young Children's Mathematic Knowledge DevelopmentKimberly Nesbitt, Human Development and Family Studies, 2015.
  • Studying how children learn and talk about science.  Michelle D. Leichtman, Psychology, David B. Pillemer, Psychology, Carmela Amato-Wierda, Materials Science, Kaitlin Camilliere, Grad. Student, Psychology, 2013.
  • Children’s Play on Traditional and Natural Playgrounds. Dr. Lisa Kuh, Family Studies, 2012.
  • Mother-child conversations across cultures. Basak Sahin and Prof. Michelle Leichtman, Psychology.2010.
  • Developmental and gender differences in children’s episodic memory of learning events during the early school years. Rhyannon Bemis & Dr. Michelle Leichtman, Psychology, 2010
  • Speech rates and phonological development. Holly Robertson with Dr John Limber, Psychology, 2009.
  • The Effects of Documentation on Young Children’s Memory. Bethany Fleck & Dr. Michelle Leichtman, Psychology, 2008.
  • Gender Differences in Source Monitoring. Rhyannon Bemis & Dr. Brett Gibson, Psychology, 2007.

CSDC Projects and Research Activities 

  •  Promoting Communities of Practice among Early Childhood Educators. Dr. Lisa Kuh, Family Studies, 2011
  • Growing a Green Generation, Project on gardening with young children funded through the Tuttle Environmental Horticulture Fund & HNH Foundation (Beth Hallett, Project Coordinator).  Ongoing.
  • Early Sprouts Project, Dr John Nimmo, Dr Karrie Kalich (Nutrition Sciences, Keene State College), Jesse Morrell (Nutrition Sciences, UNH) & CSDC teachers 2008-10.
  • PC Tablet Computers as a Learning Tool in Early Childhood Settings, Dr. Dora Chen & Dr. Leslie Couse (Education) 2007.
  • The Nature of Young Children’s Contact with ‘Real Life’ Adults in the Context of Group Child Care, Dr. John Nimmo with CSDC teachers, 2006.
  • Research Mentorship Team:  Dr. John Nimmo, Dr. Soyeon Park, Dr. Dora Chen & CSDC teachers,  Interview and documentation study of teacher engagement in action research 2003-2007. 

Selected CSDC Presentations 

  •  Gleason, J. & Leonard, S. Listening to Children’s Voices: A Year-Long Investigation of an Artist’s Work. Early Learning NH Conference, Manchester, NH, October 2012. (also Eastern Connecticut Sate University).
  • Growing a Green Generation:  The Joy of Gardening with Young Children conference for 50-80 regional educators at CSDC, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 & 2012.
  • Conrad, L., LeeKeenan, D., Nimmo, J., & Park, C.  Engaging families in the process of change: Reflections and strategies from leaders at centers seeking equity and inclusion, NAEYC ,Orlando, FL. 2011.
  • LeeKeenan, D., Nimmo, J., Pollaro, L., & Robinson, D. Strategizing the Shift to Anti-Bias Education: The Director’s Role.   NAEYC Professional Development Institute, Providence, RI, June 2011
  • Gachowski, B & Morganson, S. Invoking the Environment: Incorporating principles of Universal Design for Learning to create accessible environments, materials and provocations based on disposition goals for learners. NAEYC, Anaheim, CA, November 2010.
  • Cavicchi, N, Dubois-Garofalo, & West, S. Making Peace with Standards Using Authentic Literacy Practices. NAEYC, Anaheim, CA, November 2010. 
  • Cavicchi, N. & West, S. Kindergartners Interpretations about the Physics of Balance: How to Develop long-Term Investigations. NH AEYC, 2008.

Teacher Development Activities Annually

The CSDC currently collaborates with the following UNH departments to provide faculty and students with access to children and families for teacher development, data collection for classroom use, research, and assignments in the field of human development:  Family Studies, Education, Psychology, Communications Sciences and Disorders, Occupational Therapy, Kinesiology, Nursing, Plant Biology, and Nutrition.

    • 1172 UNH students completed fieldwork or class projects at CSDC FY 2009-11.
    • 579 observation/research visits by UNH students & faculty in FY11.
    • 85 UNH students in field placements, internships, and student teaching in FY11.
    • 138 educators toured the center; 265 Special Education consultant visits in FY11.
    • Special Education Consultants: Easter Seals, NH & UNH Language Laboratory.

    Recent Distinctions 

      • HNH Foundation Grant for Gardening Curriculum, $10,000, 2012-13.
      • UNH President’s Award for Excellence through Diversity, 2009.
      • Technology Leadership Award, NAECTE, 2008.
      • Teaching Tolerance Award, Southern Poverty Law Center, $2,500, 2008.
      • Wuzzleburg Preschool Garden Award, National Gardening Association, 2008.
      • NH Child Care Teacher of Excellence Awards 2003 & 2007.
      • UNH Parent Fund Spring Grant for Natural Playground, $20,000,. 2007.
      • UNH Presidential Award of Excellence to CSDC teacher, 2005.
      • Fidelity/UNH Whittemore School Community Investment Award, 2005
      • WMUR NH Chronicle television episode:  CSDC 75th anniversary, 2005
      • Providian NH Child Care Teacher of Excellence Award 2003-04.

      Selected CSDC Author Publications 

      •  Leonard, S.J., & Gleason, J. (2014). Coming Full Circle: A Year-long Inquiry of Art and Community. Voice of Practitioners, 9(1).  pp. 1-14
         
      • Johanson, S. & Kuh, L. (2013).  Critical friends groups in an early childhood setting: Building a culture of collaboration.  Voices of Practitioners, 8(2), pp. 1-16. 

         

      • Nimmo, J. & Hallett, B. (2011). Childhood in the garden: A place to encounter natural and social diversity. In, A. Shillady (Ed.). Spotlight on young children and nature. Washington, DC: NAEYC.
         
      • Nimmo, J. (2009). The growing a green generation project (case study). In, J.Aber. T.Kelly, & B.Mallory (Eds.), The sustainable learning community: One university’s journey to the future. (p. 192-194). University Press of New England.
         
      •  Chen, D. & Couse, L. (2009). Exploring the viability of tablet computers in early education: Considering the principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practice. In I. Gibson et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2009.
      • Chen, D. & Battin-Sacks, P. (2008).  When will I be special: Rethinking Developmentally Appropriate Practice in a classroom routine. Young Children 63 (3): 44-51.
      • Nimmo, J. (2008). Young children’s access to real life: An examination of the growing boundaries between children in child care and adults in the community. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood.
      • Nimmo, J. & Park, S. (2008) Engaging early childhood teachers in the thinking and practice of inquiry:  Collaborative research mentorship as a tool for shifting teacher identity. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.

      Staff Professional Development

      • Durham, NH - Staff Retreat: Journey Books, Narratives, Emergency Preparedness, School Signature (documenting children's learning)
        Attendees: Lisa Ranfos, Jessica Carver, Donna Smith, Alicia Andrews, Miranda Claar, Lisa Pollaro, Cassie Lavoie, Melissa McFarland, Sandy Berge, Jackie Maietta, Sarah Leonard, Chelsea Berge, Freedom Mussari, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Jamie Gleason, Bethany Leahy, Beth Gachowski, Marissa Audy
        Facilitator: Lisa Ranfos & Jessica Carver
         
      • Durham, NH - Science & Skills of Relationships
        Attendees: Alicia Andrews, Jessica Carver, Lisa Ranfos, Cassie Lavoie, HDFS 709 Interns
        Facilitator: Cassie Yackley, Psy.D
         
      • Durham, NH - Understanding and Working with Challenging Behaviors
        Attendees: Alicia Andrews, Jamie Gleason, Kat Fogarty, Jackie Maietta, Chelsea Berge, Sarah Leonard, Donna Smith, Beth Hallett, Jessica Carver, Melissa McFarland, Freedom Mussari, Cassandra Lavoie, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Bethany Leahy, Beth Gachowski, Marissa Audy, Lisa Ranfos
        Facilitator: Cassie Yackley, Psy.D
         
      • Durham, NH - Brain-Based Approaches to Raising Resilient Children
        Attendees: Lisa Ranfos, Jessica Carver, Donna Smith, Alicia Andrews, Miranda Claar, Lisa Pollaro, Cassie Lavoie, Melissa McFarland, Sandy Berge, Jackie Maietta, Sarah Leonard, Chelsea Berge, Freedom Mussari, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Jamie Gleason, Bethany Leahy, Beth Gachowski, Marissa Audy, Beth Hallett, 
        Facilitator: Cassie Yackley, Psy.D
      • Durham, NH - Social Justice Educators Training
        Attendees: Jessica Carver, Lisa Ranfos, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Sandy Berge, Cassie Lavoie, Alicia Andrews, Sarah Leonard, Jamie Gleason, Beth Hallett, Melissa McFarland, Beth Gachowski, Donna Smith, Jackie Maietta, Chelsea Berge, Harlee Tuttle, Freedom Mussari, Pamela Battin-Sacks
        Facilitator: Noha Elmohands, Multicultural Coordinator, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at UNH
         
      • Durham, NH - Staff Meeting: Working in the Reggio Way - Chapter 5 Observation & Documentation
        Attendees: Jessica Carver, Lisa Ranfos, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Sandy Berge, Cassie Lavoie, Alicia Andrews, Sarah Leonard, Jamie Gleason, Melissa McFarland, Beth Gachowski, Donna Smith, Jackie Maietta, Chelsea Berge, Harlee Tuttle, Freedom Mussari, Pamela Battin-Sacks
        Facilitator: Harlee Tuttle
         
      • Durham, NH - Staff Meeting: NAEYC Accreditation
        Attendees: Lisa Ranfos, Jessica Carver, Beth Hallett, Lisa Pollaro, Sandy Berge, Cassie Lavoie, Melissa McFarland, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Chelsea Berge, Harlee Tuttle, Jackie Maietta, Beth Gachowski, Jamie Gleason, Pam Battin-Sacks, Donna Smith, Alicia Andrews, Freedom Mussari, Sarah Leonard
         
      • Durham, NH - CPR & First Aid Training
        Attendees: Morgan Coughenour, Melissa McFarland, Alicia Andrews, Kristen Brown, Sarah Leonard, Lisa Pollaro, Amerin McCall, Alana Fanaritis, Sarah Milofsky, Jamie Gleason, Kat Fogarty
         
      • Durham, NH - An Introduction to Trauma Informed Early Childhood Services
        Attendees: Jessica Carver, Lisa Ranfos, Beth Hallett, Freedom Mussari, Sandy Berge, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Beth Gachowski, Melissa McFarland, Alicia Andrews, Bethany Leahy, Miranda Claar, Chelsea Berge, Sarah Leonard, Jamie Gleason, Donna Smith, Marissa Audy, Lisa Pollaro, Cassie Lavoic
        Facilitator: Jessica Sugrue, MS
         
      • Durham, NH - Staff Meeting
        Attendees: Lisa Ranfos, Freedom Mussari, Melissa McFarland, Beth Hallett, Sandy Berge, Donna Smith, Cassie Lavoie, Sarah Leonard, Jackie Maietta, Chelsea Berge, Jamie Gleason, Karen Dubois-Garofalo, Marissa Audy, Beth Gachowski, Jessica Carver, Alicia Andrews, Bethany Leahy, Lisa Pollaro
        Facilitator: Freedom Mussari
         
      • Durham, NH - Critical Friends Group Meeting: Consultancy Protocol
        Attendees: Jessica Carver, Marissa Audy, Sandy Berge, Jamie Gleason, Beth Gachowski, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Lisa Pollaro, Freedom Mussari, Beth Hallett, Miranda Claar, Melissa McFarland
        Facilitator: Karen DuBois-Garofalo
         
      • Durham, NH - Using Video Reflections with Pre-Service Teachers
        Attendees: Jessica Carver, Lisa Ranfos, Kat Fogarty, Jamie Gleason, Melissa McFarland, Sarah Leonard, Cassie Lavoie, Donna Smith, Lisa Pollaro, Miranda Claar, Sandy Berge, Alicia Andrews, Beth Hallett, Chelsea Berge, Jackie Maietta, Bethany Leahy, Marissa Audy, Freedom Mussari, Karen DuBois-Garofalo
        Presenter: Beth Gachowski
         
      • Durham, NH  - School Signature - Ann Pelo Video Discussion
        Attendees: Beth Gachowski, Lisa Pollaro, Freedom Mussari, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Sarah Leonard, Lisa Ranfos, Miranda Claar, Cassie Lavoie, Jamie Gleason, Beth Hallett, Sandy Berge, Chelsea Berge, Donna Smith, Melissa McFarland, Marissa Audy, Bethany Leahy, Alicia Andrews, Jessica Carver
        Presenter: Karen DuBois-Garofalo
      • Miami, FL - North American Reggio Emilia Alliance"Values and Quality of Life within the context of an Educating Society: Responsibility, Community, Citizenship, and Creative Thinking"
        Attendees: Jamie Gleason & Cassie Lavoie
         
      • Durham, NH - School Reform Initiative - Collaborative Assessment Protocol: "Looking at Preschool 1 ramp work"
        Attendees: Alicia Andrews, Sarah Palleschi, Chelsea Cormier, Jackie Maietta, Harlee Tuttle, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Sandy Cormier, Jamie Gleason, Beth Gachowski, Jessica Carver, Pamela Battin-Sacks
        Facilitator: Karen DuBois-Garofalo
         
      • Hilton Head Island, South Carolina - National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers Conference and Professional Institute

      "Practical Family Support: Strategies for Administrators"
      "Natural Resources: Evidence-Based Practices for Supporting Each Child and Family"
      "Constructing Consistent Foundations Through Your Center's Policies and Procedures"
      "Assessing Birth-5 Teaching Methods at University Laboratory School"
      "Student Parent Child Care Needs: A Successful Hourly Program Model"
      "Campus Childcare as a Vanguard of Health Promotion"
      "Exploring the Relationship Between Nature, Design, and Early Learning Inside and Out"
      "Interns as Co-Teachers in a University Laboratory Preschool: Does it Work"
      "When Tuition Isn't Enough! Increasing Funds for Your Program Through Special Projects, Events, and Grants"
      "Designing the Classroom of Tomorrow: Digital Documentation"

      Attendees: Lisa Ranfos

      • Durham, NH - CSDC Spring 2016 Staff Retreat

      "Social Justice for Educators"
      "School Signature as Professional Development"
      "Peer Observations"
      "CLASS Observations"
      "ASQ-3"
      "Teaching Strategies Gold"

      Attendees: All CSDC Staff

      • Durham, NH - Diversity, Equity, Bias Task Force: Four "A"s Protocol with Diversity Mission
        Attendees: Jess Carver, Harlee Tuttle, Melissa McFarland, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Beth Hallett, Sarah Leonard, Pam Battin-Sacks, Sandy Cormier, Cassie Lavoie, Lisa Ranfos
        Facilitator: Pam Battin-Sacks
         
      • Durham, NH - "Making Curriculum Planning Visible: Engaging in the Cycle of Inquiry Daily"
        Attendees: Sarah Palleschi, Beth Hallett, Harlee Tuttle, Chelsea Cormier, Jackie Maietta, Sarah Leonard, Lisa Pollaro, Alicia Andrews, Donna Smith, Pam Battin-Sacks, Beth Gachowski, Melissa McFarland, Sandy Cormier, Cassie Lavoie, Jamie Gleason, Ariana Fusco, Karen DuBois-Garolfalo, Jess Carver, Lisa Ranfos
        Facilitator: Lisa Ranfos
         
      • Nashua, NH - NHAEYC 2016 Annual Spring Conference "Building Stronger Communities of Learning"
        Attendees: Alicia Andrews
         
      • Durham, NH - School Reform Initiative: Collaborative Assessment Conference Protocol - Looking at Preschool 2 Incline Work
        Attendees: Lisa Ranfos, Jessica Carver, Beth Hallett, Sarah Palleschi, Chelsea Cormier, Cassandra Lavoie, Lisa Pollaro, Melissa McFarland, Karen DuBois-Garofalo
        Facilitator: Jessica Carver
         
      • Durham, NH - School Reform Initiative: CFG - Atlas - Family Survey Feedback 
        Attendees: Lisa Pollaro, Alicia Andrews, Sandy Cormier, Melissa McFarland, Cassie Lavoie, Harlee Tuttle, Chelsea Cormier, Jackie Maietta, Beth Hallett, Freedom Mussari, Karen Dubois-Garofalo, Jamie Gleason, Beth Gachowski, Pam Battin-Sacks, Sarah Jones, Donna Smith
        Facilitator: Lisa Ranfos
         
      • Durham, NH - Growing as a Professional - Peer Observation & Feedback 
        Attendees: Lisa Ranfos, Alicia Andrews, Lisa Pollaro, Sandy Cormier, Cassie Lavoie, Melissa McFarland, Harlee Tuttle, Jackie Maietta, Chelsea Cormier, Beth Hallett, Freedom Mussari, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Jamie Gleason, Pam Battin-Sacks, Sarah Jones, Sarah Palleschi, Sarah Leonard
        Facilitator: Sarah Leonard
         
      • Durham, NH - Developing as a Professional - Team Development Workshop
        Attendees: Lisa Ranfos, Jessica Carver, Lisa Pollaro, Alicia Andrews, Sarah Leonard, Melissa McFarland, Cassandra Lavoie, Sandy Cormier, Harlee Tuttle, Jackie Maietta, Chelsea Cormier, Beth Hallett, Freedom Mussari, Karen Dubois-Garofalo, Jamie Gleason, Pam Battin-Sacks, Beth Gachowski, Donna Smith
        Facilitators: Browne Center - Nate Folan, Jeff Frigon, Sam Klemarczyk
         
      • Durham, NH - School Reform Initiative: CFG - Developing as a Professional
        Attendees: Freedom Mussari, Alicia Andrews, Beth Hallett, Sarah Leonard, Jackie Maietta, Harlee Tuttle, Chelsea Cormier, Donna Smith, Cassie Lavoie, Sandy Cormier, Melissa McFarland, Lisa Pollaro, Jamie Gleason, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Beth Gachowski, Pam Battin-Sacks, Lisa Ranfos, Jessica Carver
        Facilitator: Jessica Carver
         
      • Durham, NH - Working in the Reggio Way: Progettazione
        Attendees: Jessica Carver, Jackie Maietta, Cassie Lavoie, Melissa McFarland, Sandy Cormier, Chelsea Cormier, Beth Hallett, Beth Gachowski, Freedom Mussari, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Jamie Gleason, Alicia Andrews, Lisa Pollaro, Sarah Leonard, Harlee Tuttle, Lisa Ranfos
        Facilitator: Harlee Tuttle
         
      • Durham, NH - CSDC Staff Meeting: Developing as a Professional
        Attendees: Lisa Ranfos, Jessica Carver, Sarah Leonard, Lisa Pollaro, Melissa McFarland, Chelsea Berge, Sandy Berge, Beth Gachowski, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Donna Smith, Freedom Mussari, Jackie Maietta, Beth Hallett, Pam Battin-Sacks, Harlee Tuttle, Cassie Lavoie
        Facilitator: Noha Elmohands (Multicultural Coordinator, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at UNH
         
      • Durham, NH - School Reform Initiative: Atlas - "Looking at Data"
        Attendees: Jessica Carver, Karen DuBois Garofalo, Jamie Gleason, Lisa Pollaro, Donna Smith, Sandy Berge, Pamela Battin-Sacks, Beth Hallett, Sarah Leonard, Beth Gachowski, Freedom Mussari, Cassie Lavoie, Melissa McFarland, Alicia Andrews, Lisa Ranfos, Chelsea Berge, Harlee Tuttle, Jackie Maietta
        Facilitator: Lisa Ranfos

      2015

      • Durham, NH - Nurturing Children's Self-Regulation: Laying a Foundation for Success through Early Childhood Programs
        Attendees: Jess Carver, Chelsea Cormier, Sarah Leonard, Donna Smith, Jackie Maietta, Pam Battin-Sacks, Sarah Jones, Harlee Tuttle, Beth Gachowski, Beth Hallett, Alicia Andrews, Melissa McFarland
        Presenter: Dr. Kimberly Nesbitt
         
      • Durham, NH - School Reform Initiative: Consultancy Protocol "How do we ensure that all families feel they are part of a welcoming community?"
        Attendees: Jess Carver, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Lisa Ranfos, Freedom Gauthier, Harlee Tuttle, Pam Battin-Sacks, Sarah Leonard, Alicia Andrews, Lisa Pollaro, Jamie Gleason
        Facilitator: Jamie Gleason
         
      • Durham, NH - School Reform Initiative: Text Rendering Experience - Looking at Probing and Clarifying Questions
        Attendees: Jess Carver, Cassie Lavoie, Chelsea Cormier, Melissa McFarland, Sarah Jones, Sandy Cormier, Alicia Andrews, Sarah Leonard, Sarah Palleschi, Pam Battin-Sacks, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Freedom Gauthier
        Facilitators: Karen DuBois-Garofalo & Jamie Gleason
         
      • Durham, NH - Ages and Stages Questionnaire Training
        Attendees: Lisa Pollaro, Sarah Leonard, Jackie Maietta, Beth Gachowski, Donna Smith, Sarah Jones, Jamie Gleason, Alicia Andrews, Harlee Tuttle, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Sandy Cormier, Cassie Lavoie, Chelsea Cormier, Freedom Gauthier, Jess Carver, Lisa Ranfos, Pam Battin-Sacks, Beth Hallett
        Presenter: Joelle Martin, M.Ed./MBA
         
      • Durham, NH - Writing Developmental Narratives for Children
        Attendees: Beth Gachowski, Sarah Leonard, Beth Hallett, Sandy Cormier, Lisa Pollaro, Cassie Lavoie, Donna Smith, Sarah Jones, Pam Battin-Sacks, Freedom Gauthier, Harlee Tuttle, Jackie Maietta, Chelsea Cormier, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Jamie Gleason, Alicia Andrews, Jess Carver, Lisa Ranfos

      2014

      August

      Durham, NH - Human Resources, "Coaching for Performance"
      Attendees: All CSDC Staff

      Raymond, NH -  Southern NH Services Child Care Resource & Referral, "Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Infants and Toddlers: What Does this Really Mean?
      Presenter: Lisa Ranfos

      May

      Webinar - Texas A&M System - AgriLIFE Extension - Brain Development, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Abusive Head Trauma: Shaken Baby Syndrome/Introduction to Infant and Toddler Social Emotional Development/Establishing Positive Relationships with Families/Routines & Environments that Support Social Emotional Development in Infants and Toddlers
      Attendees: Sarah Leonard

      Nashua, NH - World Academy - Southern NH Services Child Care Resource & Referral

      Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Infants and Toddlers; What Does this Really Mean? Developing as a Professional, Teaching & Learning, and Promoting Child Growth and Development

      Technology with Infants and Toddlers: It's Easier than you Think
      Teaching & Learning, Promoting Child Growth and Development and Observing, Assessing & Documenting

      Presenter: Lisa Ranfos, Interim Executive Director, CSDC

      Durham, NH - New Hampshire Professional Registry, Registration in the NH Professional Registry - Developing as a Professional
      Attendees: Pamela Battin-Sacks, Sarah Bond, Nicole Cavicchi, Beth Gachowski, Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Jamie Gleason, Shannon Johanson, Lisa Ranfos

      April

      Manchester, NH - Staff Development for Educators Program, Conference for New England PreK-3 Teachers

      Attendees: Karen DuBois-Garofalo & Nicole Cavicchi, Kindergarten Classroom

      Nashua, NH - Nashua Community College, NHAEYC 2014 Annual Spring Conference - Hand in Hand: Together We're Better

      Infants and Toddlers are Empathetic
      CKA: Teaching and Learning; Promoting Child Growth & Development

      In this workshop we will explore the definition of empathy, discuss brain development and the role temperament plays.  We will explore attachment, nurturing, and responsive care giving as ways to foster empathy.  We will delve into the ways language, respect, observation, consistency, and trust play roles in forming empathy and empathetic responses in young children.

      Presented at State Professional Conference: Diane Bertrand, Shannon Johanson & Lisa Pollaro (Infant Team), Sarah Bond, Sandy Cormier & Harlee Tuttle (Toddler Team)

      February

      Durham, NH - University of New Hampshire, Inclusion in the Early Childhood Classroom: What Makes a Difference?

      Attendees: Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Kindergarten Classroom & Jackie Maietta, Preschool 1 Classroom

      January

      Cambridge, MA - School Reform Initiative, A Community of Learners, Winter Meeting

      Attendees: Pam Battin-Sacks, Nursery 3 Classroom, Jamie Gleason, Preschool 2 Classroom

      National Alliance of Children's Trust & Prevention: Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

      Attendees: Lisa Ranfos

      2013

      December

      San Antonio, Texas - Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers & Families

      Attendees: Diane Bertrand, Infant Classroom & Sandy Cormier, Toddler Classroom

      November

      Washington, DC - 2013 NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo

      Attendees: Lisa Ranfos, Interim Executive Director, Beth Hallett, Preschool 2 Classroom, Lisa Pollaro, Infant Classroom

      September, October & November Series

      9/4, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 11/2: Manchester, NH - NHAEYC New Infant/Toddler Training Series, The First Three Years: Building a Strong Foundation

      Attendees: The Toddler Classroom: Sarah Bond, Sandy Cormier, Harlee Tuttle

      September

      Keene, NH - The Pikler Approach, Sophia's Hearth Family Center

      Attendees: Shannon Johanson, Infant Classroom

      July

      Cambridge, MA - School Reform Initiative, A Community of Learners, Critical Friends Group Coaches Institute

      Attendees: Pam Battin-Sacks, Nursery 3 Classroom, Jamie Gleason, Preschool 2 Classroom

      June

      San Francisco, CA - NAEYC 2013 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development

      Attendee: Lisa Ranfos, Center Manager

      April

      Nashua, NH - Staff Development for Educators, New England Conference for PreK-3rd Grade Educators

      Attendee: Karen DuBois-Garofalo, Kindergarten Classroom

      March

      Webinar - UNH Institute on Disability, Literacy Development for Children with Language Delays

      Attendee: Harlee Tuttle, Toddler Classroom

      February

      Manchester, NH - Summit Professional EducationAutism, ADHD & Anxiety, Unique Classroom and Therapy Strategies

      Attendees: Diane Bertrand, Infant Classroom & Donna Smith, Multi-Classroom Teacher