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09/29/2009
Doctors, Parents, Educators Gather at Hudson Valley Community College to Discuss Important Influences on Early Development: Genetics, Environment, Home, School and Community

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009

WHO: Professionals working in the child development field and parents.
WHAT: Important Influences on Early Development: Genetics, Environment, Home, School and Community, a one-day conference at Hudson Valley Community College, brings together medical doctors, teaching faculty and parents, to discuss child development and the genetic and environmental factors that can affect brain development in children.
WHEN:

8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7.

WHERE:

Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium, Hudson Valley Community College.

DETAILS:

Participants will learn how genetic and environmental factors can affect brain development and hear about the Family Based Approach used at the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families.

Speakers will include: professor of psychiatry and the director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families Dr. James Hudziak; developmental pediatrician Dr. Anthony Malone of Albany Medical College; Professor Nancy T. Cupolo, department chairperson of the Hudson Valley Community College Teacher Preparation Department; and Paige Pierce, executive director of Families Together in New York State.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Preschool Early Development and Screening Committee of Albany and Hudson Valley Community College’s Teacher Preparation Department.

The event is open to the general public.

The cost to attend is $110 for professionals and $50 for students or parents of a special needs preschool child. For more information or to register, contact the PEDS program at (518) 218-7337.