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34th annual Quality Infant/Toddler Caregiving (QIC) Workshop to be held May 17-21

April 19, 2010

Michele Barrett
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Syracuse University’s College of Human Ecology and its Jack Reilly Institute for Early Childhood and Provider Education will host the 34th Annual Quality Infant Toddler Caregiving (QIC) Workshop, led by Alice Honig, professor emerita of child development in the Department of Child and Family Studies, May 17-21 at SU. As the only event of its kind, the workshop draws participants from across the world. It is designed to help people seeking an understanding of infant development and practical training in infant/toddler caregiving. The workshop is based on research and theory in the areas of social-emotional, cognitive, motor, sensory and language development.

In the workshop, daily routines are emphasized as opportunities for loving and learning experiences, and for promoting competence. Practical applications of lectures include observations and hands-on interactions with infants. A variety of infant/toddler videos and films are shown.

ahonigHonig has done extensive research and written books and articles on infants and toddlers, language development, child-care practices, preschooler social development, fathering and the effects of divorce on children. She teaches workshops for caregivers of infants and toddlers, and she has lectured widely. Honig is a licensed psychologist and a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research in Child Development.

On May 19, the fourth annual Jack Reilly Distinguished Lecture will take place and feature L. Alan Sroufe, the William Harris Professor of Child Psychology at the Institute of Child Development and adjunct professor of psychiatry. The event, co-sponsored by Child Care Solutions, is free and open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. at the Community Folk Art Center, 805 E. Genesee St. It should be of particular interest to parents, grandparents and caregivers.

The Jack Reilly Distinguished Lecture Series in Infant & Toddler Caregiving was launched in 2007, thanks to the generous support of SU alumnus John D. Reilly III ’69, G’70 and his wife, Patricia M. Reilly. The Jack Reilly Distinguished Lecture Series is part of the Jack Reilly Institute for Early Childhood and Provider Education, which the Reillys established in perpetuity in honor of their son Jack (John D. Reilly IV), who was killed in a tragic fire at a licensed day-care facility in California in 1989. Bringing together child development experts and students, as well as infant and toddler caregivers and prospective caregivers, these lectures take place annually in Syracuse.

The Jack Reilly Institute promotes a greater understanding of the factors and processes that influence the cognitive and social well-being, safety and early education of young children in diverse contexts through research, training and practice. Through its research and applied efforts, the general aim of the Jack Reilly Institute for Early Childhood and Provider Education is to improve the knowledge base on culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate early childhood education practices and to enhance the training of those who care for and educate young children in safe environments.

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