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Hudson Valley Community College to Host Week of the Young Child Events, April 7-11

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hudson Valley Community College’s Teacher Preparation Department will host a series of workshops and lectures to mark the Week of the Young Child, April 7-11. The events, which will take place in Higbee Hall on the college's main campus, are open to the public.
Making a Rainstick Workshop: presented by Dr. Dawn Kolakoski / Monday, April 7, 2 to 4 p.m.
Kolakoski is a professor in the Teacher Preparation Department.  She also teaches graduate courses in education for Leslie College and is the author of a book, “Write it Down!”  Participants in this workshop will have a chance to make a rainstick, which were originally created with the belief that they could bring on the rain. Many early childhood programs use rainsticks in their classrooms for story-telling, music, movement and more. Cost is $3 per person and pre-registration is necessary. Contact Dr. Kolakoski at

Responding to Bullying - Prevention Strategies That Work: presented by Professor Nancy Cupolo, Department Chair / Tuesday, April 8, 1 p.m. 
Cupolo has nearly 40 years of teaching experience.  She has been a keynote speaker at state and national conventions on topics relative to children and has done extensive research and presentations on the topic of bullying intervention and prevention. She will explore the origins of bullying behavior and discuss why bullies act as they do.  Emphasis will be placed on practical ideas and strategies that parents and teachers can use when children are bullied.

Brain Breaks - Movement Activities That Help Children Focus and Learn: presented by Meg Smith, MS in Education, teacher, St Pius X School / Wednesday, April 9, 3 p.m. 
Smith has taught kindergarten for 13 years and has worked in a variety of child care settings, with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. This Brain Breaks program will introduce movements that assist children to refocus, reenergize and learn. Studies show that children learn best when given movement breaks during the day.

Toys for Infants and Toddlers - Making Materials that Grow with the Child: presented by Wendy Sullivan and Sarah Gould-Houle, MS in Education, Infant Toddler Specialists, Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council / Thursday, April 10, noon 
Sullivan and Gould-Houle travel on behalf of the Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council to share their knowledge of infant/toddler development with teachers, parents and family day care providers.

This workshop will feature developmentally-appropriate homemade materials that can be used in a variety of ways with children.  The teachers will discuss how the same toy can be used in a variety of ways for different purpose as the child ages.

Child’s Play: Enrichment Ideas to Foster Development While Promoting Motor, Language and Coping Skills: presented by Laurie Phibbs, OTR/L and Michelle Ring, M.S. CCC-SLP / Friday, April 11, noon
Phibbs is a New York State registered occupational therapist who works with young children and their families.  Ring is a licensed speech-language pathologist who has worked with young children and their families for more than 17 years. This seminar will highlight the importance of children’s play as it relates to physical, cognitive and social emotional growth and development. The presenters will share practical ideas for promoting a child’s motor, language and social skills.

For more information, contact the Teacher Preparation Department at (518) 629-7250.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 75 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.

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