NYAEYC Region 1



Welcome to Region 1, home of and serving the following NYAEYC Chapters: Chautauqua County, Rochester, and Western NY.  Please visit often as we will be sharing news, information, and updates for this region.

We would love to hear from you!  Please feel free to reach out to your local Chapter of NYAEYC!

Chautauqua County      Rochester      Western NY


Western NY Chapter of NYAEYC

“It’s good to be curious about many things.” – Fred Rogers

November 2nd
8:00am – 2:00pm
Elmwood Franklin School

Registration Now Open!


Are you curious about how to:

Promote positive behaviors?

Show children they are cherished?

Strengthen everyday adult-child

Join us to learn more about Simple Interactions, an innovative, strength-based approach to professional development.

Presentations by Dr. Annie McNamara, Fred Rogers Institute

Intro to Simple Interactions

8:30am – 11:30am

How do we encourage, enhance, and empower the human relationships around children? Real and lasting change can start with finding what ordinary people do extraordinarily well with children in simple, everyday moments.

Simple Interactions is a practice-based, relationship-centered, and community-supported approach to focus quality improvement efforts on its most essential active ingredient: daily interactions between helpers and children.

Growing Simple Interactions Through Practice

12:00pm – 2:00pm

By capturing and learning from what ordinary people do extraordinarily well in simple, everyday moments, we can grow practice, nurture intuition into intention, and plant the seeds for sustainable change.

Participants will gain a deeper
understanding of the role of human interactions in child development and will identify simple moments as the catalyst for positive change in child-serving settings.


Event Flyer      Paper Registration      Event Website      Online Registration



Questions?  Contact us at westernny@nyaeyc.org!

We look forward to welcoming you!


Rochester Chapter of NYAEYC

Ready & Resilient: Social Emotional Strategies for Leaders and Teachers with Children in Poverty


Keynote Speaker: Nefertiti Bruce Poyner, Ed.D.

Nefertiti Bruce Poyner, Ed.D., is an Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer for the Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health: Center for Resilient Children. Prior to joining the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC), Dr. Poyner worked as a Preschool and Kindergarten teacher in the city of Philadelphia. She has provided professional development and presentations that focus on educating parents, teachers, and administrators on the importance of paying attention to how children perform academically, and also how they feel, socially and emotionally. Most recently she has co-authored two resources, Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies for a Resilient You and the award winning Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure: 50 Activities to Promote Resilience in Young Children.

RIT Inn & Conference Center
5257 West Henrietta Road
Rochester NY 14467

Friday October 4, 2019
12:30pm– 4:00pm
Strategies for Becoming a Resilient Leader
This presentation is designed to provide those in supervisory roles with a strength-based approach to leadership that supports their resilience as well as that of their staff. In caring for the wellness of children and families who have experienced crisis or trauma, it is important to reflect on each one’s own resilience strategies to ensure a strong personal bounce.

3 Training Hours
OCFS: 1, 2, 4 CBK: 1, 2, 6, 7
Cost for this session only: $70

Saturday October 5, 2019
9:00am — 2:00 pm
Beyond What the Eye Can See:
Uncovering the Risk Factors, Protective Factors, and Resilience of Children in Poverty.
This presentation will specifically address the impact of poverty on social and emotional development and how to subsequently support resilience in these children and the adults who directly care for them.

4 Training Hours
OCFS: 1, 2, 4 CBK: 1, 2, 5
Cost for this session only: $75

Registration begins July 1, 2019
Friday only: $70
Saturday only : $75
Full weekend $130
Registration ends Friday September 27, 2019

Dr. Poyner’s books will be available to purchase at the conference.

For more information or accessibility concerns, please email: rochester.chaper.nyaeyc@gmail.com
For ASL interpretation, please email: jmrloysen@gmail.com


Western NY Chapter of NYAEYC



Region Highlights

Chautauqua County Chapter of NYAEYC

See what Chris Wigren, a NYAEYC member, has to say about her involvement in the Association!

What has been your most rewarding Chapter event?    The Annual Early Childhood Conferences held each year – county and state

Why?  It is an opportunity for those who attend to grow and to learn from and to be inspired by the keynote and workshop presenters, which ultimately benefits the children in their care.  Also to be able to network and be more enthused about our field.

What is the most valuable part of being a member of NYAEYC?

It is the privilege and honor of working along side some of the most dedicated early childhood advocates Chautauqua County and New York State has to offer.

Thoughts about being a NYAEYC member.  It means an opportunity to be united with others from across the State and country (NAEYC) in sharing a vision or a goal or a mindset of always keeping at the forefront of all that we do or say – what is best for young children.



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