What's Been Happening?

December 4, 2018 - 14 attendees
Infant/Child/Adult CPR & First Aid Re-Certification
American Heart Association

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 60 attendees
All Day FCCN 2018 Fall Conference
(total of 6.5 hours of training)

Keynote Speakers:
Jeanine Fitzgerald
, Certified Behavior Specialist, Author & Owner of The Fitzgerald Institute of Lifelong Learning, MA.
Ellen Drolette, Early Childhood Specialist & Author, Positive Spin, LLC - VT
Sue Kowaleski, Education Coordinator, Southern Adirondack Child Care Network – NY

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 31 attendees
Recognizing Child Abuse & Your Responsibility as a Mandated Reporter
Presented by: KellyAnn Kostyal-Larrier, Exec. Director, Safe Homes of Orange County, Newburgh, NY

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 25 attendees
NYS OCFS Regulations
Presented by: Claudia Soriano, NYS OCFS Licensing Supervisor, SVRO Tom Larkin, NYS OCFS Fire & Safety Inspector, SVRO

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 28 attendees
Approaching Parents Regarding Sensitive Topics
Caroline Doty, Educational Consultant, Connect the Dots New York, Ossining, NY

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 29 attendees
Yogapalooza: How to immediately incorporate yoga
into your classroom with music, beloved activities,
tips, tools and creative relaxation

Presented by: Bari Koral, Incorporating Yoga Into the Classroom, Saugerties, NY

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 23 attendees
NYS OCFS Regulations: What’s New and Q & A
Presented by: Nancy Maffia, NYS OCFS Licensing Supervisor, Spring Valley Regional Office

June 27, 2017 - 22 attendees
Summer Sensory & Art Activities for Young Children
Presented by: Chrissy Eighmy 

December 14, 2016 – 10 attendees
CPR/First Aid Re-certification 
Trainer: Pat Miglio--American Heart Association Trainer, Aspire Verified Trainer

FCCN Board Members at the FCCANYS 25th Annual Conference
April 14-16, 2016

Board Members: Trudy Lackner, Marie Daley,
Chrissy Eighmy, Ivonne Iannelli, Beth Becker

April 2, 2016 - 63 attendees
All Day FCCN 2016 Spring Conference
The Henry A. Wallace Center at FDR Presidential Library & Home
(total of 6.5 hours of training)

Keynote Speakers:
Jeanine Fitzgerald
, Certified Behavior Specialist, Author & Owner of The Fitzgerald Institute of Lifelong Learning, MA.
Leslie Kimmelman, Children's Book Author & Book Editor Sesame

Workshop Presenters:
Patty Jo Wilson, NYS Homeland Security & Emergency Services.
Tammy Calhoun, Jeanine Fitzgerald, Olga Callahan, KellyAnn Kostyal-Larrier

November 17, 2015 - 28 attendees
Domestic Violence & It’s Impact on Young Children
KellyAnn Kostyal-Larrier, Exec. Director, Safe Homes of Orange County

October 20, 2015 - 30 attendees
Everyday Behavior Management
Presented by: Renee Falanga-Brenner, Educator, Advocate, Mid-Hudson Early Childhood Direction Center

September 22, 2015 - 22 attendees
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
Presented by: Tammy Calhoun, Associate Professor, ECH, Schenectady County Community College

December 6, 2014 - 15 attendees
Infant/Child/Adult CPR & First Aid Re-Certification
American Heart Association

October 25, 2014 - 16 attendees
All Day Business & Financial Training with Tom Copeland
Avoid Mistakes When Filing Your Taxes
Managing Your Money to Meet Short & Long Term Goals
Coming to Terms: How to Effectively Use Contracts & Policies with Parents
Successful Strategies to Market Your Program
Presented by: Tom Copeland, Tax & Child Care Business Specialist, Attorney & Author - Minneapolis, MN

June 11, 2014 - 22 attendees
Farm to Table: Taste the Difference
Presented by: Nicci Nashban Cagan, Director of From the Ground Up, Food Advocate & Chef, Stone Ridge, NY

April 24, 2014 - 16 attendees
Promoting Positive Self-Discipline in Children
Presented by: Tammy Calhoun, Associate Professor, ECH, Schenectady County Community College

November 21, 2013 - 32 attendees
Dealing with a Family in Crisis
Presented by: KellyAnn Kostyal-Larrier, Exec. Director, Safe Homes of Orange County, Newburgh, NY

October 24, 2013 - 35 attendees
Connecting Learning to Daily Routines
Presented by: Ivonne Lopez, Director of Learning, Hands on Professionals Insight Learning, Brooklyn, NY

September 25, 2013 - 38 attendees
NYS OCFS Regulations “What’s New?”
Paneled by: Nancy Maffia, NYS OCFS SVRO, Licensing Representative;
Peggy Paparone, CCC of Dutchess & Putnam, Registration Supervisor;
Joe Romano, NYS OCFS SVRO, Fire Safety Inspector

January 19, 2013 - 27 attendees
Infant/Child/Adult CPR & First Aid Re-Certification
American Heart Association

October 20, 2012 - 25 attendees
FCCN All Day Fall Conference (total of 6 hours of training):
Movin’ & Groovin’ with Music – Beth & Scott Bierko, Singers, Songwriters & Music Educator
Project WILD - Growing Up WILD - Betsy Ukeritis, Regional Environmental Educator, NYS DEC

March 31, 2012 - 62 attendees
All Day FCCN Conference
at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY (total of 6 hours of training)
Keynote Speakers:
Maryann Harman - Music with Mar, Music Educator, host of BAM! Radio & Music Learning Channel & Recording Artist, FL
Jeanine Fitzgerald, Certified Behavior Consultant, Author & Owner of The Better Behavior Bureau & The Behavior Institute, MA
Workshop Presenters: Carol Murray, Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi; Sue Kowaleski; Fawn Johnson

February 28, 2012 - 35 attendees
Child Abuse & Maltreatment Id & Prevention for Mandated Reporters
Presented by Kathleen Murphy, Executive Director, The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Poughkeepsie, NY

November 29, 2011 - 36 attendees
Hidden Hazards on the Playground
Presented by Lori-Ann Lytle, Product Safety Investigator - US Consumer Product Safety Commission, New Milford, CT

October 25, 2011 - 37 attendees
Teaching Through Quality Care
Presented by Sharon Woodward, Author, Executive Director of S & D Instructional Services, Newburyport, MA

September 27, 2011 – 30 attendees
Project Learning Tree Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood
Presented by Betsy Ukeritis, Reg. Environmental Educator, NYSDEC, Reg. 2 Long Island City, NY

June 21, 2011  -  24 attendees
ABC’s with Your Zero to 3’s
Presented by Christine Conboy & Casey Becker, Sr. Education Specialists, Professional Development Program, Albany, NY

May 24, 2011  -  22 attendees
Active Play!  Fun Physical Activities for Young Children
Presented by Dr. Diane H. Craft,   SUNY Cortland, Physical Education Department & Author, Cortland, NY

April 26, 2011  -  36 attendees
Demystifying Disabilities
Respect, Responsibility, and Other Values
Presented by Jeanine K. Fitzgerald, Owner & Founder of The Better Behavior Bureau and The Behavior Institute & Author of "Dance of Interaction", Hubbardston, MA

March 22, 2011  -  24 attendees
Child Abuse & Maltreatment Identification & Prevention for Mandated Reporter in NYS
Presented by Jill Laquidara, Early Childhood Trainer, Saugerties, NY

January 25, 2011  -  39 attendees
Infant/Child/Adult CPR & First Aid Re-Certification
American Heart Association

December 7, 2010  - 17 attendees
NYS OCFS Regulations Discussion and Q&A Session
Presented by John Bahret, Spring Valley Regional Office (SVRO) Licensing Supervisor & Darrin Culver, SVRO Fire Safety

November 16, 2010 -  42 attendees
Box of Fingerplays for Toddlers & Preschoolers
Co-Scripting with Young Children to Help them Feel Better
Presented by Carol Murray, M.A. Special Education & Early Childhood Development, Director of Dutchess Community College Day Care Center and Author, New Paltz, NY

October 26, 2010  -  31 attendees
Balancing Work & Life
Communicating with your Mind & Body
Presented by Dr. John Pelizza, Professor of Health Education at The Sage Colleges & Author, North Chatham, NY

September 28, 2010 – 29 attendees
Positive Discipline: Love with Limits
Voyage around the World in Song
Presented by Peter Stewart, Author, Performer, Recording Artist, Hamilton, MA

June 15, 2010 -  36 attendees
Sensory & Art Activities for Young Children
Presented by Ivonne Iannelli & Christine Eighmy

May 25, 2010 -  Mini Conference   -  42 attendees
The Power of Influence
Environment Matters

Presented by Jeanine Fitzgerald, Owner & Founder of The Better Behavior Bureau and The Behavior Institute & Author of "Dance of Interaction", Hubbardston, MA

April 27, 2010 - Mini Conference   -  28 attendees
Managing Stress When You're Managing Children
Confidentiality in Early Childhood Programs

Presented by Gretchen Kinnell, Director of Education & Training,
Child Care Solutions, Syracuse, NY

March 30, 2010  - Mini Conference  -  34 attendees
Don't Pop your Cork
The Eyes Have It!

Presented by Jeanine Fitzgerald,
Owner & Founder of The Better Behavior Bureau and The Behavior Institute & Author of "Dance of Interaction", Hubbardston, MA

January 26, 2010  -  33 attendees
Child Abuse & Maltreatment Identification & Prevention for Mandated Reporters
Presented by Jill Laquidara, Early Childhood Trainer, Saugerties, NY

November 19, 2009  -   32 attendees
Thinking Out of the Box:  Creative Play with Cardboard
Presented by Christine Conboy & Casey Becker,  Sr. Education Specialists, Dept of Media Production, Professional Development Program, Albany, NY

October 27, 2009  -  31 attendees
Healthy Heart Activities for ALL Children
Presented by Joe Conley, Keeping Children First, Consultant/ Teacher/Presenter, Montgomery, NY

September 22, 2009 - Mini Conference -  26 attendees
Positive Discipline That Works
Designing Space for Children

Presented by Scott Noyes, Empowering Programs, Essex, VT

May 26, 2009  -  16 attendees
Full with a Waiting List:  Marketing Your Business
Presented by Kathy McBride, Director of Community Education, Child Care Council of Westchester, White Plains, NY

April 30, 2009 - Mini Conference  -  64 attendees
The Challenging Child
Behavior FUNdamentals
Presented by Jeanine Fitzgerald, Owner & Founder of The Better Behavior Bureau and The Behavior Institute & Author of "Dance of Interaction", Hubbardston, MA

Comments from participant evaluation forms:
The most enjoyable speaker I’ve ever encountered.
Stop making me laugh so hard!
Most amazing workshop EVER!
Best one yet! Bring Jeanine back!
Wonderful, funny, insightful & so informative.

March 24, 2009 - American Legion Hall - 29 attendees
Caring for Infants - Keeping Babies Safe:  Important Important on Safe Sleep & Shaken Baby Syndrome for Child Care Providers
Presented by Mary Whittredge, LCSW, Regional Coordinator, NYS Center for Sudden Infant Death, Albany, NY

January 27, 2009 - American Legion Hall - 46 attendees
Identification & Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect
Presented by Carl Musci, Program Coordinator of Community Ed.,
The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Poughkeepsie, NY

November 25, 2008 - Mini Conference  - 42 attendees
Dutchess Community College Day Care, Poughkeepsie, NY
Helping Parents Understand the Importance of Play
Snack Time: Feeding the Whole Child

Presented by Carol Murray, M.A. Special Ed. & Early Childhood Development, Director of DCC Day Care Center & Author

October 28, 2008 - American Legion Hall - 31 attendees
Simplify, Organize & Refine your Programs Paperwork with the 8 Binder Method
Presented by Layla Rascona & Jan Jimenez, Co-owners of Reach for the Stars Daycare Consultants, Inc.  Yonkers, NY

September 23, 2008 - American Legion Hall  - 30 attendees
Leave a Legacy
Presented by Peter Stewart, Author, Performer, Recording Artist, Hamilton, MA

May 13, 2008 - LaGrange Town Hall  - 26 attendees
Shaken Baby Syndrome

April 9, 2008 - Mini Conference   - 43 attendees
Loose Lips Sink Ships
Top 10 Tips for Working With Toddlers

Presented by Gretchen Kinnell, Director of Education & Training,
Child Care Solutions, Syracuse, NY

Comments from participant evaluation forms:
WONDERFUL SPEAKER!!! lots of great ideas!!!
Vibrant, interested, packed with so many great ideas to incorporate in my program.
Interjection of humor & self expression made it so interesting and extremely informative.
Knowledgeable & entertaining the 3 hours flew by! Hope you bring her back for another training!!!

March 11, 2008 - LaGrange Town Hall  - 25 attendees
Childproofing & Preventing Household Accidents
Presented by Jill Laquidara, Early Childhood Trainer, Saugerties, NY

February 19, 2008 - LaGrange Town Hall  - 23 attendees
Organizing Your Child Care Files
Presented by Jill Laquidara, Early Childhood Trainer, Saugerties, NY

January 29, 2008 - LaGrange Town Hall  - 38 attendees
Child Abuse & Neglect for Mandated Reporters
Presented by Bonnie Scheer, LCSW, Director of Community Services, Dutchess County Dept. of Mental Hygiene, Poughkeepsie, NY

November 13, 2007 - LaGrange Town Hall  - 38 attendees
Acting, Not Reacting - Responding to Challenging Behaviors 
Presented by Nancy T. Cupolo, MS Ed., Associate Professor, Hudson Valley Community College & Child First - Educational Consultant, Ballston Spa, NY

October 9th, 2007 - Dutchess Community College Day Care, Poughkeepsie, NY
Simple Signs for Songs & Story Time - 27 attendees
Presented by Carol Murray, M.A. Special Ed. & Early Childhood Development, Director of DCC Day Care Center & Author of Simple Signing for Young Children: A Guide for Infant, Toddler & Preschool Teachers

September 11, 2007,  -  LaGrange Town Hall
Large Motor Activities for Young Children - 30 attendees
Presented by Joe Conley, Keeping Children First, Consultant/ Teacher/Presenter, Montgomery, NY

Photo of Joe presenting his workshop to 30 family/group family child care providers, Center and School-age Program Staff in attendance.

Comments from participant evaluation forms:
"Fantastic! "
"Awesome and I am leaving with so many great ideas!"
"I loved it...and will use these activities in my program!"
"Loved the energy & all the movement activities...so will the children!"
"FUN workshop & excellent child care organization!"

May 8, 2007 - NYS OCFS Regulations Round Table - 27 attendees.  Paneled by John Bahret, YRO Licensing Supervisor; Joe Romano, YRO Fire Safety Rep; Nancy Maffia, CCCD Registration Supervisor

April 10, 2007 - Will you TEACH my child to READ...and to WRITE? - 36 attendees
Presented by Gretchen Kinnell, Dir. of Ed & Training, Child Care Solutions, Syracuse NY

March 13, 2007 - Child Abuse - 16 attendees
Presented by Jill Laquidara, Early Childhood Trainer, Saugerties, NY

January 9, 2007 - Shaken Baby Syndrome - Skipper Initiative - 23 attendees
Presented by Peggy Whalen, Skipper Initiative President

November 14, 2006 - Poison Control 101 - 22 attendees
Presented by Karen Lee, MPH, Poison Educator, H.V. Poison Control Education Center, Tarrytown, NY

October 10, 2006 - Hidden Hazards on the Playground - 23 attendees
Presented by Lori Ann Lytle, Product Safety Investigator, US Consumer Products Safety Comm., New Milford, CT

September 21, 2006 - "I Make A Difference! My Crucial Role in the Lives of Children" - 42 attendees
Presented by Peter Stewart, Author, Performer, Recording Artist,
Hamilton, MA

Pictures of Peter Stewart presenting his workshop "I Make A Difference! My Crucial Role in the Lives of Children" with more the 40 family/group family child care providers and daycare center staff in attendance on Thursday, September 21, 2006 at the American Legion Hall in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Peter Stewart - Author, Performer Recording Artist
(from Boston, MA) with FCCN Board Members

(L to R, Kim Fischer, Beth Becker, Ivonne Iannelli, Peter Stewart, Trudy Lackner, Chrissy Eighmy)

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Some comments from evaluations forms written by the participants at the Peter Stewart workshop:
Inspirational, fun & touching; thanks for sharing your love with us!
Energizing, fun, new & interesting and nice to focus on us for once!
The most fun I have ever had a training!; great entertainer and great laughs; great-very enthusiastic and charismatic; excellent interjection of humor and life experience which makes it real & interesting & enjoyable

Peter touched my heart! thank you!
NOT boring!; makes everything FUN. I needed a light pick me up and it was a great time; inspirational & fun...just what everyone needs!
FCCN line up of workshops look great!