Events

Please note that any seminars, workshops, etc. provided by Hilltop on specific curriculum or assessment systems do not indicate endorsement by or connection to or from publishers or authors of these curriculum systems.  Names of specific systems are used for identification  purposes only without endorsement or approval, either of or by Hilltop.

We are available for keynotes and/or workshops anywhere.  Just ask! ellen@earlychildinfo.com

2016

New York City Child Care Resource and Referral Consortium and the NYS Office of Children and Family Services Annual Conference, New York, NY – Topic: Science for Infants and Toddlers (and their families): Yes, it’s real science and yes, it’s developmentally appropriate!: July 22

NYS AEYC Conference, Rye Brook, NY – Topic: A More Effective Independent Early Childhood Mentoring/Coaching/Consulting Practice: April

Invited Speaker Hub EtZion, Israel – Topic: A More Effective Consulting Practice: March

2015

National Association for the Education of Young Children – Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, – Topic: Growing Your Consulting/Mentoring Practice: November

New York City Child Care Resource and Referral Consortium and the NYS Office of Children and Family Services Annual Conference, New York, NY – Topic: Appropriate Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers>: July

Young Child Expo and Conference – Annual Conference, New York City – Topic: What’s on Your Walls?  Messages to Infants/Toddlers, Staff, Parents from Wall Displays: April

3 Day Seminar Brooklyn Chinese American Association, Staff of 6 After School Programs – Topic: Meeting the Professional Development requirements for After School Staff: March

2014

National Association for the Education of Young Children – Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, – Topic:  There Isn’t Enough Time – integrating play with standards: November

2013

3 Day Seminar – Implementing The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, at CCI, New York City: February

In 2013, we focused more on client needs and services rather than on presentations.

2012

National Association for the Education of Young Children – Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA,  – Topic: Setting and Sticking to DAP Priorities While Multi-tasking in a Busy Early Childhood Classroom: Resisting push-down curriculum pressures and increasing learning and daily enjoyment of children and staff     Note: This topic is related to my forthcoming book, “THE PLANNING SOLUTION: Meet Standards AND Preserve Play”: November

1 Day Seminar – Understanding the GOLD Assessment System, at CCI, New York City, July and November

Early Childhood Education Summit, Annual Conference, State College, PA - Topic: The Planning Solution: Meet Standards and Preserve Play – : October

3 Day Seminar – Implementing The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos, at CCI, New York City: July

1 Day Seminar – Understanding the GOLD Assessment System, at CCI, New York City: July

NAEYC Professional Development Institute, Indianapolis, IN  – Topic: Planning for Play Based Learning – See NYS conference below: June

NYS  AEYC Conference, Buffalo, NY  – Topic: Planning for Play Based Learning: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and the Real World – Introduction to planning that incorporates DAP, Standards, Assessments, and child-centered curriculum while keeping play at the core of each day. Using new forms and a revolutionary method, learning is more effective, challenging behavior is reduced, and all have more fun!: April 20

Three day Professional Development Series for staff of After School Programs – meets NYS OCFS licensing requirements – March and April

Half Day On-Site Workshop – Improving Parent/Teacher Communication – April

Full Day seminar on Implementing the GOLD Assessment System – February

Two half-day on-site workshops – Math throughout the Day and throughout the Classroom, February

Three day seminar – Implementing the Creative Curriculum for Preschool – Jan/Feb

Full Day On-Site Seminar – Understand the GOLD Assessment System – January

One day seminar on Assessment Systems at Center for Children’s Initiatives – contact them for more info.

Three day series of workshops on Implementation of Creative Curriculum at Center for Children’s Initiatives

2011

Two Day Staff Development – Family Child Care Network, Brooklyn, NY – Understanding Creative Curriculum – December

National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Orlando, FL Presenter – Four hour pre-conference presentation – topic – creating a meaningful weekly plan integrating assessment, children’s abilities and interests, play, standards, domains, and content areas – November

Two Day Staff Development,  – Head Start program on Long Island, NY – one day in August, one in October

Half Day workshop on planning – Head Start center in Brooklyn, NY  – August

5th Annual Citywide Infant Toddler Conference, hosted by The New York City Infant Toddler Resource Center, The Educational Psychology Department & the Child Development and Learning Center of the CUNY Graduate Center – Speaker – topic – How does what’s on the walls of the infant/toddler classroom contribute to learning? – July

Three day scheduled professional development seminar at a CCR&R in Manhattan, NY – topic – implementation of Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos – July

Half day workshop onsite at a homeless shelter in the Bronx – Implementing Creative Curriculum for Preschool – June

Two on-site workshops at a Brooklyn, NY Elementary School – topics – Working with Children with Challenging Behaviors in Pre-K through Second Grade, and Inclusion of Children with Special Needs in Pre-K through Primary Grades, June

Three day workshop for staff members of several agencies, at a CCR&R, Manhattan, NY, topic – Implementation of Creative Curriculum for Preschoolers – participants included classroom and management staff – May and June

Featured Presenter, Annual Conference of the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children, Indianapolis, IN,  a pre-conference session on Speaking with Young Children about Death and two break out workshops on Management Issues – April

Presenter, Annual Conference of the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children, Rye, NY– Topic – Speaking with Young Children about Death – April

Two day workshop for staff of an agency providing several homeless shelters, NYC – Topics included observation and inquiry based curriculum planning

Ongoing consultation to multi-state agency –at one site in the Bronx, NY for learning disabled preschoolers – topics included curriculum, orientation of new staff, classroom management, working towards national NAEYC accreditation, advice on design and renovation of new site, proposal editing, and more.

2010

Presenter, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) national conference, Anaheim, CA – November  Topic: Talking with Young Children about Death – What to Say and What Not to Say

Full Day workshop for staff of several homeless shelters

Queens, NY October, 2010 and two days in 2011- Staff of four Homeless Shelters joined together for a series of three days regarding implementation of Creative Curriculum

Staff of a multi-site residence for families with substance and other serious issues Manhattan, NY – Three days in August and September,  Implementation of the Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos and for Preschool

Series of mini-training opportunities – Bronx, NY – February through June, 2010 and continuing  –  Part of ongoing consulting to a preschool for children with learning disabilities

Trainer for CCI (Center for Children’s Initiatives  – Formerly Child Care, Inc.) New York, NY.  CCI and Hilltop created a three day training model offering two days of intensive training and then an interval for participants to use their new knowledge in the field.  The third day includes feedback from participants on successes and challenges and new material.  Participants have found this model highly effective, since it allows them real time experiences within the training time frame, and offers specific guidance after the initial two training days.

Presenter, Annual Conference of National Head Start Association (NHSA) Dallas, TX – May,  Topic: More Effective Parent/Teacher Conferences

2009

Presenter, NAEYC, annual conference, Washington, DC – November  Topic: More Effective Parent/Teacher Conferences

Presenter, Infant/Toddler Conference,  New York, NY, July Topic: Appropriate Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers

Workshop for staff of two preschools Fullerton, CA Topic: Hands on with Math in every classroom area

Directors and Administrators workshop – Tips for Handling Staff Conflicts

Three Day Series of Workshops at Child Care, Inc., New York, NY  – Topic: Implementing Child Oriented Curriculum

Full Day workshop for staff of several homeless shelters   Queens, NY – Staff of four Homeless Shelters joined together for a full day seminar –  Topics included math and science in every classroom area and studies

Presenter, NYS AEYC Conference, Brooklyn, NY Topic: Towards a Climate of Change

2008

Keynote Speaker, Montana Director’s Symposium,  Bozeman,  MT.  Two half day leadership seminars on the business and marketing of early childhood programs.

Presenter, Child Care, Inc. Early Childhood Training Seminar Series  New York, NY Several three day training series on understanding and implementing child-focused curriculum models  including Creative Curriculum and models in use by the New York City Department of Education in their Pre-K programs and the New York City’s Agency for Children’s Services in their Head Start and funded Day Care programs. Series targeted to: Administrators of Child Care Preschool Level Programs, Teachers and Administrators of Infant/Toddler/Twos Child Care Programs, and Teachers in Preschool Programs

Full Day workshop for staff of several homeless shelters   Queens, NY – Staff of four Homeless Shelters joined together for a full day seminar. Topics included literacy and math, working with parents, individual differences, effective planning

Workshop Leader Queens Village, NY – Workshops designed for Assistant Teachers to conform with the new Licensing Code requirements of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the licensing agency for child care programs in the City of New York. Topics included Child Growth and Development, Conducting a Physical Activity Program, and others.

Past Events

Many past presentations going back to 2001.