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Register Now for Hands-on, Hawkins-Inspired Conference at Wheelock College

Registration is now open for the Curiosity and Learning Conference to be held at Wheelock College on Saturday, October 1, 2016. This is a day of hands-on explorations of science, math, movement and art with Wheelock faculty and colleagues. Exchange ideas on how to integrate direct experiences with your students and remind yourself how important play is to learning!
The cost is $75 for the day and is geared to educators from schools, museums, and family day care for ages preschool to middle school. CEUs are provided for this 5 hour conference.
Check out the conference web page for information, registration, and a video from last year’s inaugural conference.
Many of last year’s conference attendees told us they wished they had brought their entire school staff so they could experiment and share ideas together. We hope to see you—and your colleagues—at the 2016 conference!

You’re Invited!

2016 Fourth Annual MA CSEFEL Pyramid Model Partnership Summit

This year’s summit will highlight how Massachusetts has expanded the CSEFEL (Collaborative for Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning) Pyramid Model to new audiences.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is using the Pyramid model in Preschool Special Education programs for their required State Systemic Improvement Plans, and Early Intervention is beginning that process with the PIWI, Parents Interacting with Infants.  We will discuss our plans to support a common community wide approach for promoting young children’s social and emotional competence and for preventing and addressing challenging behavior.

Please register at the link below.

Two great offerings from the Infant-Parent Training Institute at Jewish Family & Children Services

Relapse, Risk, Recovery, and Resilience: Engaging in complex relationship work with substance-dependent mothers and their babies
Friday March 11, 2016, 9:00-11:30. In this Master Class three Project NESST (Newborns Exposed to Substances: Support and Therapy) clinicians from the JF&CS Center for Early Relationship Support will share lessons learned and questions held from their work with mothers in recovery: Jennifer Meyerhardt, MEd, JD; Caroline Phillips, DClinPsy, Mphil; and Amy Sommer, LICSW. Space is limited. For more information, contact Deborah Walker at or 781-693-5652. To register:

Also, the Maternal Mental Health Course will be offered on Wednesday mornings starting March 23rd. This eight-session course examines the profound emotional transformation of becoming a mother, the influence of culture on maternal mental health, and the impact of mental health on the parent-child relationship. Issues of trauma, intergenerational parenting patterns, research on maternal depression, and mothering under special circumstances are considered. Applications to the course can be downloaded from the JF&CS website at:

Past News

  1. The Surprisingly Logical Minds of Babies
  2. The Massachusetts Pre-School and Kindergarten Standards in the Domains of Social-Emotional Development and Approaches to Play and Learning