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Early Childhood Providers Invited to Attend 4th Annual Infant Toddler Conference

Hampton, Conn. – Early childhood educators and professionals are invited to attend EASTCONN’s 4th Annual Infant Toddler Conference: Integrating a Trauma Lens into Practice with Young Children and Their Families, during which the impact of trauma and toxic stress on very young children will be examined.

The Infant Toddler Conference will take place on Fri., Mar. 17, 2017, from 
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the EASTCONN Conference Center located at 376 Hartford Turnpike (Route 6), Hampton, Conn. The $95 fee includes access to three engaging workshops, breakfast and lunch.

Jane Ellison, LMFT, IMH-E®, an infant and early childhood mental health specialist with more than 30 years of experience, will keynote the conference and share her perspective on using a trauma-informed lens to support young children and their families in early childhood programs. 

Additional conference topics include “Improving the Future for Children of Incarcerated Dads,” presented by Glen Palm, Professor Emeritus of Child and Family Studies at St. Cloud State University. This session will focus on attachment theory related to father–child relationships during the early childhood years. Special analysis will be made of cases where the father is absent from the home.

“Serving Families with Complex Needs: Individual & Aggregate Data” will explore the use of assessments and data in meeting the service needs of families. Presenting this session will be University of Connecticut Ph.D. student and Marriage and Family Therapist, Ciara Collins; EASTCONN Director of Early Childhood Initiatives, Diane Gozemba, M.S.Ed.; and EASTCONN Family Services Coordinator, Ashlyn Ellsworth, MSW.

Attendees will have a chance to participate in hands-on learning, explore case examples and leave with concrete strategies and resources to use in their own practice.

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EASTCONN is a public, non-profit Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut schools and communities since 



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