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16th Annual Young Child Expo & Conference NYC


April 30-May 3, 2019


The 16th Annual Young Child Expo & Conference promises to be another highly rated inspiring professional development opportunity. Use this as your professional development days. 

  • Learn effective interventions for young children from a wide range of experts.
  • Return to your community refreshedrevitalized with new strategies to help young children.
  • Be inspired by wonderful keynotes & presentations that will allow you to learn methods to work with young children that you can apply the next day.
  • Network & connect with all kinds of professionals from around the world.
  • Watch our conference video.

Previous Conference Highlights:


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This is my third year attending, and I always leave with helpful tips for my own classroom. I enjoyed this year’s conference the most! – Conference Attendee

Our conference brings everyone together who works with and cares for young children to help them learn and grow such as teachers, psychologists, special education teachers, social workers, physical, occupational and speech therapists, pediatricians, nurses, educators, academics and students. Are you a fan of our conference? See what attendees have to say.

Los Niños Training presents this conference and its mission is to provide helpful learning to all early childhood professionals in order to elevate the important work with do to care for and educate young children. It is a sister organization of Los Niños Services (a provider of therapeutic services to young children in New York City and Westchester County). This conference was founded in 2003 by Dr. Vincent Alfonso (Dean of the School of Education at Gonzaga University) and Dr. Scott Mesh (CEO of Los Niños Services).

2018 Keynote Speakers: 

Wednesday May 2, 2018, 8:30AM-9:20AM

Play’s the Thing: Using Humor and Fun to Uplift Your Workplace

Holly Elissa Bruno, JD, Author, Holly Elissa Bruno Keynotes & Team Building, MA
Lighthearted and playful educators set a tone for creativity and joy in the workplace. Humor frees our brain’s executive function to invent new approaches, solve problems effectively and stay optimistic no matter what. Work need not be the opposite of play. Learn how to restore fun and passion around you to chase the blahs and restore enthusiasm for our invaluable work. Did you know that laughter is the shortest distance between two people, unless humor is being used to harm rather than to uplift? Even when you are at your most worn out, on your last nerve, or ready to bolt for the hills, laughing kindly at yourself can and will uplift you to the balcony of perspective. According to adults-at-play expert, Dr. Stuart Brown, “we become truly powerful people” when we whole-heartedly play at work. What’s holding you back? Perhaps it’s time to kick that to the curb. Your executive function awaits and will thank you plentifully!

Wednesday May 2, 2018, 1:00PM-1:50PM

To Succeed Later, Start Earlier

Shael Polakow-Suransky, MSEd, President,  Bank Street College of Education, NY

When it comes to education, the United States has historically focused attention and resources on K-12 schooling, while far too often failing to meet the early care and education needs of infants, toddlers, and their families. In fact, on a per capita basis, we spend roughly 10 times less on education for our youngest children than we do on K-12. You can find the opposite pattern in every other wealthy nation in the world. That misplaced emphasis is contributing to deep inequities. Recent findings in neuroscience research are underscoring how critical a child’s first 1,000 days are for brain development. If the United States is serious about addressing the achievement gap, it is critical to invest in early childhood education and ensure that all children establish a foundation for academic progress and healthy social-emotional development. Drawing on his experience as a teacher, principal, senior administrator for the largest school system in the United States, and now president of Bank Street College, Shael Polakow-Suransky will review the latest research and explore how educators, administrators, elected officials, and philanthropic leaders can collectively elevate the prominence of early childhood in the educational landscape.

Thursday May 3, 2018, 8:30AM-9:20AM

Re-examining Our Practice as We Deepen Our Commitment: Early Childhood Educators Rising to the Challenge

Suzanne Carothers, PhD, Former Professor of Early Childhood Education, New York University, NY

The early childhood classroom cannot be seen as a haven from the real world realities which surround it.  As early childhood educators, how are we meeting the challenges of addressing the “hard to talk about topics” such as race, class, and gender in the environments we create that serve young children and their families?  By engaging in meaningful conversation, the goal of this session is to incite a broadening and deepening of our thinking and practice as early childhood  teachers, leaders, and policy makers who shape the educational landscape for all children.

Thursday May 3, 2018, 1:00PM-1:50PM

Lessons Learned from My Social Work with Poor Children in Rural India

Dr. Abraham George, Founder, The George Foundation, NJ
After 25 years of corporate life in America, Dr. George set out to improve the socio-economic conditions of the poor in rural India, especially among the 250 million Dalits or the so-called “untouchables” — families who have been living in extreme poverty and indignity for generations and have practically no way out. This mission is now embodied in Shanti Bhavan, a residential school that I started 20 years ago. Dr. George firmly believes that if you give impoverished children the same tools and educational opportunities their wealthier peers have, while modeling for them strong humane values and civic engagement, there is no limit to what they can achieve. This keynote will review the encouraging successes of the children so far. Graduates from the school are now working in multi-national companies like Mercedes Benz, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs and Amazon. They have gone on to help their families rise out of poverty. It is the hope of the Shanti Bhavan community that these young men and women will one day transform their communities and reach out to many more in need, creating a multiplicative impact on poverty and social injustice. The school has achieved worldwide recognition through the acclaimed Netflix film “Daughters of Destiny” which highlights the struggles and remarkable achievements of 5 girls over a 7 year period.

Friday May 4, 2018, 8:30AM-9:20AM

Communication Excellence in Early Childhood Settings: The Journey Upward, Inward and Outward

Ken Welsh, Communication Coach, Australia
From the moment we are born one of our strongest desires is to communicate ….. to communicate clearly, coherently and completely. Ken’s work revolves around the ability of a single word or phrase to change the way people behave, with his key premise being that language has the ability to create physiological change resulting in behavioural change. Every time we talk with someone we create or break a bond; we promote the production of neuro-transmitters, hormones, endorphins (and more) in the people we speak with, and ourselves. For many years these elements of neuro-psychology have been applied to the corporate and political world; yet they are equally relevant to our personal lives and to early childhood development. Consider the power these forms of messaging could have for a child; guiding their early development and setting the scene for the adult that is yet to come. Consider how thirsty a developing mind can be, how each word, each phrase can inform both its present and future choices. Each and every one of us creates our own reality through the morphing of our experiences, ideas and imagination. Let’s discuss how our communication choices can impact on ourselves and our children; helping or hindering their Journey Upward, Outward and Inward.


Friday May 4, 2018, 1:00PM-1:50PM

Developing the Kindness Muscle

Orly Wahba, Founder, Life Vest Inside, NY
Orly shares her personal journey of overcoming adversity through her childhood and adolescent years and how kindness played a huge role in developing her sense of self value and self love. Orly addresses the deeper meaning of kindness and how even the smallest gesture can result in powerful connections; the greatest being a connection to oneself. Orly explains that dealing with social issues such as bullying, depression, substance abuse and violence from the “anti” approach, issues are only heightened. Through her story, she illustrates how we can prevent those said issues from materializing. “The answer is simpler than you think,” she explains. Audience members will take away practical advice and tools for incorporating a kindness mindset into both their personal and professional lives as well a means to foster this mindset in the education of our youth.


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Make the 2019 Young Child Expo & Conference your Professional Development Days!