Infant/Toddler Education

2017 Annual Conference

You’re Invited!

The 32nd Annual Conference will be held April 7 & 8 at Harrah’s Conference Center in Atlantic City!

New This Year . . .

  • Workshops
  • Presenters
  • Presentation of the 2017 June Moss Handler Award

Conference Schedule . . . Friday and Saturday

  • Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits: 7:30 am – 8:30 am
  • Welcome & Keynote 8:30 am – 10:00 am
  • Exhibits: 10:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Morning Sessions: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Lunch / Exhibits 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Afternoon Sessions: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Early Bird – must be postmarked by March 8th

$135 for 1 day, $215 for 2 days

Postmarked after March 8th

$170 for 1 day, $250 for 2 days

Registration & Payment Options


1) If you prefer to mail your registration and payment, you may download and print your brochure and form above, and then mail it with your check or money order made out to CITE to:

PO Box 1015
Barnegat Light  NJ  08006

2) We have added the option to register and pay online (using credit card or PayPal) by simply filling out the form below, and then clicking the Pay Now button after you submit your form. (You do not need a PayPal account as long as you have a credit card.)


3)  Please register below. No payment is due.

Online Registration Form:

As you fill out the registration form below, please refer to the conference brochure for session information.

Friday Sessions, 4/7

Select Session for the Morning (10:30 am - 12:30 pm)

Select Session for the Afternoon (2 pm - 4 pm)

Saturday Sessions, 4/8

Select Session for the Morning (10:30 am - 12:30 pm)

Select Session for the Afternoon (2 pm - 4 pm)

Meal Preference


To complete your registration, please:

1) Click "Submit" to send your registration form.
2) Attendees only: Then select the payment option below. Presenters: No payment is due.
(Note: On the checkout page you will have the option to use a PayPal account, or select an alternate payment method, such as a debit or credit card.)

Conference Registration Fees

Baby Talk: Resources to Support the People Who Work With Infants and Toddlers: Issue No.66 November 2016

What is Happening to Fine Motor Development?

In recent years a growing number of children are “arriving at school lacking in basic fine motor skills.” This is a huge problem because if the young student does not have the finger strength and coordination to hold a pencil, for example, they will struggle to master current kindergarten requirements. Like large motor development, fine motor skills develop progressively, beginning in the earliest years of childhood. Young children who spend too much time “swiping and tapping” electronic devices, instead of playing with manipulative toys or coloring with crayons, struggle with poor hand control and weak pencil grip in school. This article will help educators and family members to consider a return to the time-tested play materials of childhood—blocks, play dough, beads, and crayons—to best prepare children for school

Let’s Talk About It: 5 Ways to Build Babies’ Language and Communication Skills from Birth 

Talking with babies doesn’t just build vocabularies; it also nurtures the development of cognitive and social-emotional skills, now and into your baby’s future. Tuning In, a national survey of Gen X and Millennial families conducted by ZERO TO THREE, showed that many younger family members aren’t aware of the huge benefits of talking with babies in the first year of life. This article from ZERO TO THREE shares five ways to build strong language skills from birth.


Responding to Your Child’s Bite

Many toddlers and young children bite. Developmentally, most toddlers don’t have enough words to express how they are feeling. They primarily rely on sounds and actions to communicate what they are thinking and feeling.  Biting is one of the ways toddlers express their needs, desires, or feelings.

This resource provides an evidence-based overview of why young children bite, what to do, what not to do, and when to seek professional help.


Brain Activity Map Reveals How Infant Vision Develops

Visual functions start to develop soon after birth and continue maturing over time as infants gain experience with the world. However, direct evidence of how this maturation process unfolds in the brain has been lacking. This article notes a new study that provides a direct window into the maturation of vision-related areas of the cortex in the first weeks of life, showing that the visual brain of 7-week-old babies is surprisingly mature.


Free Recorded Webinars from the Early Head Start National Resource Center

Looking for great free instructional resources? Check out this collection of archived webinars. You’ll find recordings on topics such as 1) Building a Dynamic Brain: The Influences of Music, Movement, and Nutrition, 2) Reflective Curriculum Planning for Infants and Toddlers, 3) The Impact of Trauma and Toxic Stress on Infant and Toddler Development, or 4) Supporting Babies with Disabilities. Go to the website below to find a recorded sequence of professional development on these and other topics.

Baby Talk is a free, one-way listserv that is distributed monthly. Each issue features resources that are high quality, readily available and free.  To join the listserv, send an email with no message to   To suggest resources, please contact Camille Catlett at

Baby Talk: Resources to Support the People Who Work With Infants and Toddlers: Issue No. 65 October 2016

Tips for Tots

Looking for evidence-based strategies for supporting very young children to learn and grow? You may want to check out the Tips for Tots series. Each one-page document features a theme (e.g., Support with Transitions), information about what to expect and why, and strategies for supporting the emotional health and success of infants and toddlers.


The First 1,000 Days: Nourishing America’s Future

The first 1,000 days of a child’s life — from pregnancy to age 2 — offer a unique window of opportunity to build healthier and more prosperous futures. This report represents an attempt to contribute to that understanding and to galvanize a movement to ensure that every child in America has a healthy first 1,000 days. In Part 1 of the report, we examine the foundational role that nutrition plays in giving young children a strong start to life. In Part 2, we look at how young children and their families in the U.S. are faring when it comes to nutrition. Finally, in Part 3, we highlight areas where greater action is needed to improve the nutritional health of America’s youngest children and their families.


Songs for Young Children

The website of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) features a collection of children’s music – great for listening, singing, dancing, and learning at home, at school, or anywhere. Songs are in English and other languages. The full collection is available at

A smaller collection, with ideas for using the songs to support learning and development, is available at 


Early Learning Activities & Visual Supports to Teach Toddlers with Autism New Skills and Routines

Family Implemented TEACCH for Toddlers (FITT) is a collaborative family education and support model designed to help families better understand and engage with their toddler with autism spectrum disorder. Based on and adapted from the TEACCH model, FITT uses Structured TEACCHing strategies to facilitate toddler’s receptive and expressive communication, social communication, and play skills. In FITT, the interventionist and parent work together to create or adapt a set of early learning activities to teach toddlers new skills and routines. These are highly visual activities that teach the toddler how to engage with toys (e.g., blocks, farm animals) and how to participate in play routines. You’ll find more about the FITT project at You can access the early learning activities and visual materials at

The TEACCH approach is a family-centered, evidence-based practice for autism, based on a theoretical conceptualization of autism, supported by empirical research, enriched by extensive clinical expertise, and notable for its flexible and person-centered support of individuals of all ages and skill levels. 


Make the Most of Playtime

This colorful article highlights the importance of play as a vehicle for supporting learning and development across developmental domains. It summarizes the development of play from birth through 36 months and offers useful insights for making play enjoyable for both large and small participants.

Baby Talk is a free, one-way listserv that is distributed monthly. Each issue features resources that are high quality, readily available and free.  To join the listserv, send an email with no message to   To suggest resources, please contact Camille Catlett at

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