Seminars & Workshops

Our seminars and workshops are led by local experts and focus on topics related to toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners.

Seminars are typically 30-45 minutes long with time for questions at the end.  There are three seminars per time slot, and they begin at 10:15AM, 11:15AM, 12:15PM, and 1:15PM.  Seating is ample, but available on a first-come, first-served basis.  So, if there’s anything that you are committed to seeing, we recommend arriving a few minutes early to get a seat.

We also have 15-minute demonstrations at the top and bottom of the hour throughout the day.

For detailed seminar descriptions, to create your own schedule, and get info about all of the components of Toddlers & Tykes, download our free event app.


Workshops: Salon A

10:15AM: Cooking with Kids
Presented by Chef Jeffory McLean
New York Wine & Culinary Center

11:15AM: Montessori at Home
Presented by Janice Hager
Trinity Montessori School

12:15PM: Creating an In-Home Art Studio
Presented by Gretchen Ettlie
Small Fry Art Studio

1:15PM: Everyday Ways to Make Learning Fun
Presented by Carol McCoon
Webster Montessori School




Seminars: Salon B

10:15AM: Mindful Parenting
Presented by Emily Rittenberg, M.A., M.Ed.
Nurture: Family Education and Guidance

11:15AM: Positive Guidance
Presented by Colleen Peno
Child Care Council, Inc.

12:15PM: Big Emotions and Your Little One
Presented by Jessica Fowler, LCSW
JLF Counseling Services

1:15PM: Sibling Preparation
Presented by Julia Sittig, MSW
Beautiful Birth Choices


Seminars: Salon C

10:15AM: Picking a Preschool
Presented by Elizabeth Y. Stevens, Ph.D.
Roberts Wesleyan College

11:15AM: Ditching the Diapers: Potty Training 101
Presented by Michael J. Gavin, M.D.
UR Medicine – Bushnell’s Basin Pediatrics

12:15PM: The Power of Play
Presented by Drew Beeman
Progressive Early Learning

1:15PM: KidSmartz: Child Safety
Presented by Debra Ortiz-Pardi
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, NY Regional Office